The message reads, in part:
“Today in many parts of the country, tens of thousands of athletes, professionals and amateurs, are taking part together in the Lyzhnya Rossii ski race. I am sure these kinds of well-organised events that bring together such large numbers of participants forge the character, help promote a healthy lifestyle, and encourage young people to get involved in fitness and sport.”
The Lyzhnya Rossii nationwide mass ski race is taking place in 72 regions. Professional and amateur skiers aged from 12 to 70 are taking part in the event, although there is in fact no age restriction.