Ksenia Sukhinova in the “Race of Heroes” at the military training ground “Alabino” near Moscow
“Faster, even faster, there are a hundred meters left!” – the man in the T-shirt with the inscription “Instructor” tears. Three in the afternoon, I am studying the military training ground “Alabino”, where a sports event of federal scale – “Race of Heroes”. Even standing on solid ground as a spectator, I feel like watching a computer shooter. Sometimes it seems that war is somewhere near: for the sake of completeness, the real soldiers are shooting from rifles, tanks and military vehicles are rumbling. Scary.
I look at the sheer eight-meter wall – the last stage of the exhausting distance (among themselves the participants call it “Everest”) – and I do not believe my eyes. Behind the instructor’s back is a fragile silhouette of a girl. Is not Xenia Sukhinov? While I see only a snow-white smile: all other parts of the body are covered with a layer of dirt. Amazon fearlessly jumps from a steep wall straight into a puddle, laughing and floundering crawls to the finish. I was not mistaken, in front of me Miss World 2008. She has ten kilometers and about sixty obstacles behind her: a little later I learn that she managed to crawl under the barbed wire particularly successfully and to wade several tranches.
After a series of self with the team, the beauty goes to the shower: she will hug with the fans after she is sure that her arms and legs are intact, will wash the pieces of blond hair and change the t-shirt on the Etro skirt to the floor.
“Xenia, what brought you here?” – I begin the conversation with the beauty queen after a cup of hot tea and a portion of buckwheat cooked here, in the Alabino field kitchen. “My friends told me about the race. At first I was surprised: what kind of Cossacks are robbers? And then she flipped through the photos, saw the participants crawling under the tanks, and without hesitation, rushed to the site to register. Do not feed me bread – let me compete. ” In the sport of Sukhinov from the very childhood: first my mother gave to artistic gymnastics, then the girl herself volunteered to run at the competitions for the school in Nizhnevartovsk, and later went into biathlon, she dreamed of an Olympic medal.
The first thing the model called her friends. I flashed the idea of assembling the Miss World team of participants in beauty contests. To break, so to speak, a stereotype. But it turned out, it is not so easy to entice beauties from cozy yachts scattered all over the Atlantic, and literally to force them to hit the face in the mud. “In the end, I wrote to the guys I knew,” Ksyusha recalls. “And in a week I assembled a team.” When asked about the most vivid memory from the first race, the girl replies: “Long, about twenty-five meters, a rope. I did not see him since the seventh grade. And then you have to get to the top and ring the bell. ” Each team is accompanied by an instructor. He tells you where to put your foot and hand, writes penal points.
“The main task is to go through all the stages. If the friend begins to slip, get help, even pull the hair out of the mud, otherwise the minus the whole team, “explains Sukhinova. The boundary between reality and the game at some point is erased. “When you hear shots, it seems that you are somewhere in Afghanistan or in Syria.”
Anton Ryazanov, the head coach of the race, is sure that this is the main goal of the event – to leave the comfort zone, test yourself for strength and at least for a couple of hours turn into soldier Jane or Tony Stark. The idea of Ryazanov was brought from abroad, where he himself once passed the famous obstacle course Spartan Race. “When they began to think where to dig trenches and hang a barbed wire, they realized that it would be better not to find a military training ground,” says Anton. Here the idea of soldiers, tanks and field kitchen was born. The first race was opened personally by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. “We did it in two weeks and registered four hundred participants. Today, competitions are held in fifteen cities in Russia, the construction of obstacles takes about a month, and the number of competitors reaches one hundred thousand.
The organization of the process is worthy of respect: locker rooms, shower cabins and medical stations (hand and rib fractures are common here) is enough for everyone. You can prepare for the race with your own, and with a special trainee – you just need to join the “Heroes Racing” community in social networks and keep track of the schedule. Classes are held outdoors and in a specially built Moscow fitness center “CrossFit Capital” on Butyrskaya.
“To participate, you need to choose the type of race – individual or team,” explains Anton. – There are still championships, for the victory in which the team receives a prize. This year the total prize fund is a million. ” Register and make payment – from one and a half to three thousand rubles – you can and on the official website, and on the page of the fitness aggregator Justbefit.
“At the training ground, you just can not meet anyone,” says Elena Smirnova, general director of Justbefit, one of the first participants of the “Hero Race”. – I met corporate teams of “Beeline” and companies to combat cybercrime Group-IB. True, her head, handsome Ilya Sachkov, could not make out – perhaps because of the thick layer of mud. ” But most of all here for some reason bankers: from Sberbank, Vnesheconom, Gazprom: white collars are not at all afraid to get dirty. Why should they? “When you crawl under the tank, it does not matter how many people you have in the subordination, the main thing is to crawl out and not lead the team,” Elena admits. – In the first minutes it seems that you can not, you will not last! And at the finish you feel like a champion. ”
“Someone wants to break out of routine, someone – to prove to themselves that they can not only roll in millions and take a pose before secular photographers,” adds Ksenia Sukhinova. – I’m trying to become an example for young girls, their followers in Instagram. I want them to choose a healthy way of life, believe in their strength and were ready to pierce any wall. You would see my legs after the race! This is one solid hematoma! But adrenaline, delight alternating with tears of happiness was worth forgetting about shorts and short dresses for a while. ” Especially since long this summer is much more urgent.