The following day, marathoners traveled 149 km to Dzerzhinsk where a team of athletes that specialize in parkour—a training discipline that developed out of military obstacle course training—literally put them through their paces, and local newspapers and TV coverage helped spread the news that with factual education on the effects of drugs, something can be done about drug abuse and addiction.
Next was Nizhniy Novgorod where marathoners handed out thousands of Truth About Drugs booklets.
Local television broadcast news of the team’s arrival in Arzamas 26 June on United Nations International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. A team of cyclists met the runners as they arrived in the city and accompanied them to a meeting with a representative of City Hall. Then a delegation of local police toured the runners through the city’s famous sites.
They celebrated City Day and Youth Day in Saransk, capital of the Republic of Mordovia, and the Marathon for a Drug-Free Russia helped celebrate the occasion with a street event where they informed thousands of local residents about the truth about drugs.
Next day was another Youth Day, this time in Penza. The volunteers met with a regional libraries representative in Syzran the following day, to help make the Truth About Drugs materials available to educators.
The team held events with local athletes in Samara, and in Toliaty July 1, a prominent cyclist introduced them to the city official over youth and sports.
July 3, the team arrived in Kazan in Tartarstan, the final destination of the 5th Annual Marathon for a Drug-Free Russia, in time to participate in the finale of a major drug prevention initiative—the anti-drug world bicycle tour—and a press conference organized by the Ministry of Sport of Tatarstan.
In November 2012, with the backing of the Ministry of Sport, two Kazan cyclists, P
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