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    RUNNNERS IN THE INTERNATIONAL SUPERMARATHON RACE AROUND THE GLOBE WILL CROSS RUSSIA'S BORDER ON TURSDAY

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    MOSCOW, February 26, 2004. (RIA Novosti) - On Thursday, the runners taking part in the international supermarathon race around the Globe will cross the border of Russia. A spokesman for the action's organising committee said that on March 16, Jesper Kenn Olsen, 32, from Denmark and Alexander Korotkov, 45, from Russia plan to reach Moscow, running through Saint Petersburg, Veliky Novgorod, Vyshny Volochek and Torzhok. Then, they will run to Vladivostok. This cross through Russia will take them about seven months.

    The supermarathon started on the first day of January, this year, in London. In the course of five years the sportsmen will have to cover 42,000 kilometres through all the continents, except the Antarctic. Their speed will range from 20 to 60 kilometres a day.

    Kenn Olsen and Alexander Korotkov have already covered 2,200 kilometres having left behind them Great Britain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland and Finland. In Saint Petersburg, a third participant in the race, Kaihata Kazuko, 50, from Japan will join them.

    The aim of the project, as its organisers explained it, is to carry out the world's first continuous group documented race of a total length of no less than the length of the equator - 42,000 kilometres; to study man's possibilities to overcome super-heavy loads and to adapt himself to them in the course of a long period of time; to popularise a sound way of life and to strengthen friendship and mutual understanding between nations.

    The participants in the international supermarathon race will run through Japan, Australia, Canada, the United States, Mexico, Argentina, the Republic of South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, Eritrea, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Turkey, Greece and France. It has been planned that the supermarathon will finish on December 31, 2008 at the Greenwich Meridian.

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