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Nordic Walking World CUP 2019 powered by ONWF
Every year Nordic Walking races are becoming more popular. ONWF was taking part in many of them around the Globe. That is why we dare to unite many great races around under one roof. The main goal is to unite Nordic Walking fans and give the opportunity to celebrate the movement in it is Original Way. We all were using 4 legs in childhood while crawling. Motion is important for human being. It creates emotion and contributes to healthy way of living and positive attitude. We are aiming to unite all Nordic Walkers from all clubs and organization.
We invite you to take part in the most exiting and bright event of the spring - Nordic Walking competition "Sand Race 2019"!
The participants can choose between 5km (1 lap) and 10km (2 laps) distance.
Age and experience are not important.
Sand Race is running in St. Petersburg for the 7th time and it grows in popularity year after year. The whole point of the competition is that the route lies on the sandy coast along the of the Gulf of Finland.
The sand is quite tight, but athletes will also pass stony areas and areas with loose sand.
«Sand Race» is a great start of the Nordic Walking season in Russia!

And so it all began - the very first Sand Race at 2013.
Marko Kantaneva participates in the Sand Race and carried out a master class on Original Nordic Walking
Sand Race 2016 - our favorite professional movie!
Competition was held in the pouring rain, but look at the smiles, positive and good mood of all participants!
Sand Race 2017 start
Sand Race 2018 photo finish :)

Competition shedule
Sunday, 19th May, 2019
Registration, starting point lies on the beach of the Gulf of Finland
Nordic Walking master classes by "Go2Walk" coaches
10:30 – 10:50
10:30 – 10:50
Opening the competition. Flash mob "Great formations"!
Warm-up before the start on the beach
Start of the Sand race
12:30 -13:45
12:30 -13:45
Finish of the Sand race
Fun contest, entertainment program
Summing up and ceremony of awarding the winners (awards, prizes, diplomas)
Closing ceremony

On-line registration will be open soon!

Raindrop sees Sand Race in this way :)
Why do we do that?
Our goals and objectives:
Because with poles it's always better!
Nordic Walking popularization as an affordable effective and fun physical activity
Let's collect kilometers of health!
Inclusion of the population to the healthy and active living
Go to walk together!
Strengthening of friendly ties of athletes from different cities, clubs and organizations

Regulations of the competition
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Every time we face the overcoming of ourselves.
The beach in Sestroretsk looks like it's cut out for Nordic Walking skills and drills. The sand, comfortably bending under the food, and the sea air create the special atmosphere whenever we come here.

How to reach the location?

  • By train: take a suburban train at 09:40 from Finland Station (Beloostrov destination). Arrival to the station "Kurort" at 10:34. Take a trail from the station right to the Gulf of Finland, don't enter the territory of the sanatorium "Sestroretsky Resort".
  • By bus: take a bus 216 from the metro station «Staraya derevnya» to the station "Kurort" or a shuttle bus 417 from the metro station «Chernaya rechka» to the station "Kurort".
  • By car: from St. Petersburg by Primorskoe road to Sestroretsk, then according to the roadmap to the Kurort railway station.
For navigator fans:
GPS coordinates of the parking № 1:
Latitude: 60°6′33.71″N (60.109364)
Longitude: 29°56′54.92″E (29.948589)
GPS coordinates of the parking № 2:
Latitude: 60°06'27.7"N 29°56'54.7"E
Longitude: 60.107698, 29.948531
Travel and take part in the Sand Race Competition
St. Petersburg city tour
We invite you to visit St. Petersburg, one of the most beautiful and romantic Russian cities, which is called the Nothern Venice for a good reason. Together with sightseeing you have the possibility to participate at the Sand Race, an interesting Nordic Walking competition, which takes place near the Gulf of Finland.

What can I experience during the tour?
You can choose between several possibilities, here's just one example of the many possible ways.
1st day, 16th May 2019
Transfer from Pulkovo airport to the hotel in St.Petersburg.
Bus city tour with audio guide (hop on - hop off) ~ 2h. and more.
You can get off the bus at any time in order to enjoy sightseeing, visit the museums, plunge into the city atmosphere – and once you're done get on to any other red colored bus at one of its stops. Your ticket is valid for the whole day!
Route: the most famous sights of the city such as Saint Isaac's, Kazan and St. Peter and Paul Cathedrals, the Hermitage, Russian Museum, Palace square, beautiful granite embankments of the Neva river, the bronze Horseman and more.
2nd day, 17th May 2019
Bus tour to Peterhof residence and the Grand palace.
This is a magic combination of green parks, colorful gardens, majestic palaces and magnificent fountains. Here in the 18th and the 19th centuries a grandiose complex of eleven parks, dozens of buildings, and pavilions with more than 200 fountains and numerous sculptures was formed in the area of over 1000 hectares.You will visit beautiful halls & tsars living rooms of the Grand Palace. Then you will have a relaxing walk along the Park.
3rd day, 18th May 2019
Free time:
Museum day - Hermitage or Russian museum (optional).
Today you can make a boat trip through channels as well, which allows you to see main attractions of Saint-Petersburg including famous drawbridges (optional).
In the evening - Nordic-walking city tour.
4th day, 19th May 2019
Local train trip to Sestroretsk – the resort area near the Gulf of Finland.
Participation in the Sand Race competition.
The signature moment of the Sand Race is that the route lies along the beautiful sandy beach of the Gulf of Finland. You could choose between the 5km and 10km distances.
After awarding the winners we return to St.Petersburg by local train.
5th day, 20th May 2019
Transfer to Pulkovo airport. Departure from St.Petersburg.
740 EU per person (1 pax)
665 EU per person (group 2 pax)
610 EU per person (group 4 pax)
590 EU per person (group 6 pax)
- Accommodation at the 3* Hotel in the center of the city
- Breakfasts
- Tickets to the bus city tour with audio-guide
- Nordic walking tour through the city
- Bus tour + Nordic walking tour to Peterhof residence and Grand Palace
- Entrance fees to the Peterhof residence
- Train tickets to Sestroretsk and retour
- Registration fee to the White nights trail
- Transfer from Pulkovo airport to St.Petersburg at the 1st day and transfer from St.Petersburg to Pulkovo airport at the last day of the journey.
Not included:
- Entrance fees to the Hermitage and Russian museum
- Boat trip through channels
- Lunches and dinners
Open your mind to new experiences
If you want to spend more time in St.Petersburg we could make an extended program for you. There are really a lot of places in St.Petersburg which are worth seeing, f.e. Tzarskoe selo, Pavlovsk, Mariinsky Theatre and so on.
Our contacts
Irina Markovskaya +7 921 8162198 (mob and WhatApp)
Nikolay Shustrov +7 921 916 21 98 (mob and WhatApp) - english & french
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