PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY, February 28. /ITAR-TASS/. Performances by snowboarders and extreme downhillers will be part of the opening show of the Beringia dogsled race on the Kamchatka Peninsula, the organizing committee of the race announced on Friday.
The construction of a "gap" ski-jump one of the figures of the Olympic slopestyle is nearing completion at the biathlon complex named after Russian coach Vitaly Fatyanov in this city's suburb where the Beringia race will be started on March 1. Skiers and snowboarders use the facility to demonstrate dizzy stunts. On the approach to the ski-jump, athletes will be speeded up by means of snowmobiles.
Along with the announced performances, participants in the Beringia opening ceremony will watch concerts by folk groups performing dances and songs of the indigenous inhabitants of Kamchatka, by prominent variety art performers, a fireworks display, and socialize with the drivers of sled dog teams. The route of the dogsled race this year will be 1,300 km long. The race opening festivities, according to the organizers, will involve at least 3,000 inhabitants of the Peninsula. Many of them will watch the start of the extreme trek from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to Tilichiki Village in the Peninsula's north-east for the first time.
The dog-sled race involves 15 mushers, among them three females, to contest the grand-prix three million rubles for those who will succeed in covering the entire distance. The prize fund of the competition is almost eight million rubles.
Since 2010, the Beringia race has the status of an official festival of Kamchatka Territory. For 24 years now, it remains one of the most significant events in the cultural and sports life of the Peninsula.
According to a report by the press service of Russia's Interior Ministry department for Kamchatka Territory, about 100 members of personnel of law enforcement agencies will monitor order at the festival. Prior to the start of the race, the sports facility and the adjacent territories will be inspected with the use of technical means and service dogs.