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Short Description: May 11, 2009 ... The festival of extreme sports took place at the Elbrus area for the second time and gathered more than. 80 participants. ...
Content Inside: The festival of extreme sports «Red Fox Elbrus Race» 6 - 11 May 2009 With the support of the Government of the Kabardino-Balkaria, Federation of the Mountaineering of Russia, the Russian Emergency Ministry The festival of extreme sports took place at the Elbrus area for the second time and gathered more than 80 participants. Sportsmen from Russia, Kirghizia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Ukraine, Australia, Austria, Spain, New Zealand and Switzerland took part in the competitions. The large geography of the event, the presence of the well-known sportsmen, and also of the servicemen of the mountain troupes and Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia created a unique friendly atmosphere. The general direction of the preparation of the competitions was fulfilled by the company «Red Fox» with the Federation of mountaineering of Russia. The main judge of the competitions– Sergey Igorievich Berchov has remarked an outstanding interest of such event to strengthen the sport spirit and to create a special occasion for communication and an exchange of experience between the professional sportsmen and the amateurs and beginners. The competitions were held in 5 disciplines. On the 7th of May from the Glade Azau (2300 m) the team competitions started in the frameworks of the Open Cup of ski mountaineering of the Elbrus area and the championship of Russia of ski-tour. 15 men’s, 3 women’s and one mixed teams, consisting of 2 sportsmen passed a hard, tiring itinerary with the highest point on the height of 3600 m – the station “Mir”. From the start there were 2 leading teams: Rinat Sofin and Alexander Kojin (both from Kirovsk) side by side with the Austrian team – Rolf Majcen and Johannes Bock. The Austrians broke away from the competitors and were leading up till the end of the race. The interval between the Russian and the Austrian which was 3-4 minutes during the race, reached to 5 minutes on the finish line. The third place was awarded to the team of Gennady Kirievsky from Magnitogorsk and Mingalim Sibaev from New Zealand. Gennady Kirievsky is the present chairman of Ski mountaineering Committee of the Russian Federation of mountaineering.