The 28th Moscow International Peace Marathon was held on Sunday, September 14, bringing together runners from 400 Russian cities, over 40 countries, and five continents. This year, the race, the capital’s largest running event, welcomed a new sponsor, Sprandi. Although this year’s race had 3000 entrants, participation has dwindled in recent years. With its sponsorship commitment, Sprandi hopes to “increase participation and enhance [the marathon’s] overall organization,” said Ken Kurtzweg, marketing director for the sportswear company. Ivan Babaryka of Ukraine won the men’s race, with a time of 2.20.11. Oksana Belyakova (pictured at left crossing the finish line) of Moscow came in first among the women with a time of 2.43.77.