Flash Interviews With adidas Elbrus World Race Winners

04.07.2017

The adidas Elbrus World Race 2016 winners, namely Dmitry Mityaev, Anastasiya Chelysheva and Elena Lebedeva, are going to participate in the competition again. They told us why they like the Prielbrusye race, what the best way to prepare for it is, and what can be challenging even to the most experienced athletes. 


Anastasiya Chelysheva, the Elbrus11 2016 winner.
2017 trail:  Elbrus11

Anastasiya approaching the finishing line of Elbrus11 in 2016. Photo by Danil Kolodin / Fun’Da’Mental Agency

After all this time you’ve been participating in the adidas Elbrus World Race competitions, what has it become for you?
For me, this race is the Russian feast of trail running, a chance to visit Prielbrusye with by friends and have a good time. It’s one of my favourite races which I’m looking forward to. 

The number of people participating in aEWR is growing. What was it like to compete in the previous years and is it going to be more difficult this time?
As to the 11 km as it was last year, the competition was not high, but I competed with men, and, if I’m not mistaken, I took 5th place among them. This year, due to the increasing popularity of trail running and development of running communities and clubs, the competition will get much higher. 

How are you preparing for adidas Elbrus World Race?
I work as a running coach at the adidas company. I’m training a team of athletes some of which are going to run around Elbrus too. I’m training train with them as part of the job I love and when I have spare time.

How do you choose trails and do you have favourite ones?
The 11 km trail is my favourite due to several reasons:
1. you have to ascend, and I don’t quite like descents;
2. there is a beautiful view up there and the Syltran lake;
3. you’re given a smoothie when you finish;
4. there’s an opportunity to be the leader of the race and cheer up your students and encourage them.

The camp near the Elbrus11 2016 finishing line. Photo by Danil Kolodin / Fun’Da’Mental Agency

What was most difficult for you in the competitions held in previous years? Were there things that were truly challenging?
The trail was not easy, especially where there were huge stones – it was really challenging to run there. I had to overcome myself.

What advice would you give to the participants who want to run adidas Elbrus World Race and achieve the best result?
As a coach, I recommend that you choose a coach who knows trail running and acclimatization inside out, and start training under his or her guidance. Besides, I’d advise to choose the shortest race if you’re a novice. And the most important thing is to realize that the11 km trail with the elevation of 1840 m isn’t the same as flat 11 km or even 21 km: it takes much more energy. Start training yesterday! 


Elena Lebedeva, the Elbrus Mountain Marathon 2016 winner. 
2017 trail: Elbrus Mountain Ultra.

Elena covering the distance after the descent from the second pass of the Elbrus Mountain Marathon trail. Photo by the “Marathon photo” service.

After all this time you’ve been participating in the adidas Elbrus World Race competitions, what has it become for you?
Last year, I participated in adidas Elbrus World Race for the first time. I really liked the way it was organized, the area of the event and the trails themselves. For me, this competition is something like a feast where interesting people meet. 

The number of people participating in aEWR is growing. What was it like to compete in the previous years and is it going to be more difficult this time?
As far as I could see last year, there’re not many professionals participating in the competition yet. There were not many women running the trail I had chosen, and the race was not tight. I think the number of professionals interested in the competition will rise, and it will get more difficult to compete. 

How are you preparing for adidas Elbrus World Race?
I’m not preparing specifically for it; I’m just training and participating in other running competitions. I’ll add special exercises and train to ascend later 

How do you choose trails and do you have favourite ones?
I love running marathons, that is why I chose Elbrus Mountain Marathon last year. It was the first time I had run 46 km in the mountains. This year, I’ve decided to try running the 59 km trail. And then I’ll compare and decide which one I like most!  

The Elbrus Mountain Marathon 2016 winners (ladies): Ekaterina Moiseeva (2nd place), Elena Lebedeva (1st place) and Anna Khryashcheva (3rd place). Photo by Marat Solovyev.

What was most difficult for you in the competitions held in previous years? Were there things that were truly challenging?
For me, the most difficult part is the start, because it’s thrilling. Besides, it’s the first 3-5 km which are most difficult, since muscles haven’t got accustomed to running yet, and your body is aching. 

What advice would you give to the participants who want to run adidas Elbrus World Race and achieve the best result?
Train not only psychologically, but also physically, and get ready to experience fast weather changes. It can be summer when you start, and by the time you return it will have turned into winter 


Dmitry Mityaev, the Elbrus Mountain Marathon winner and a two-time Elbrus Trail winner.
2017 trail: Elbrus Mountain Ultra

Last year, Dmitry Mityaev covered the distance within 3 hours 27 minutes. Photo by Danil Kolodin / Fun’Da’Mental Agency

After all this time you’ve been participating in the adidas Elbrus World Race competitions, what has it become for you?
There are races which you want to run again and again once you’ve tried them. adidas Elbrus World Race is a race of this kind. With each year, it gets even better. The organization is excellent, and the organizing team managed to hold a magnificent event, a true feast. 

The number of people participating in aEWR is growing. What was it like to compete in the previous years and is it going to be more difficult this time?
Last year, Katya (Ekaterina Mityaeva) and I came there having participated in a number of serious races, and we really felt a concern, because the competition was quite high. Yet I think the guys didn’t have much experience, and they did it wrong when they ran away from me at the beginning of the race: I caught up with them after the 6th km and didn’t see anyone up to the finishing line. 

How are you preparing for adidas Elbrus World Race?
I’m not preparing specially for it. The race is to be held in the period between the World Cup series, and I want to run it to have a good time.

Participants of the long trails of adidas Elbrus World Race have to cross several mountain rivers and creeks. Photo by Marat Solovyev.

How do you choose trails and do you have favourite ones?
I won the marathon once and the 34 km twice, so I want to add the 59 km race to my collection. If they introduce an 80 km race in 2018, I’ll run it. It’s interesting to win all individual races. 

What was most difficult for you in the competitions held in previous years? Were there things that were truly challenging?
For me, it was easy: it was not the first time I had run it; I knew the trail well and enjoyed the nature. 

What advice would you give to the participants who want to run adidas Elbrus World Race and achieve the best result?
Don’t strive to achieve great results in terms of numbers when you train. The aim is not just to run, but to train: each training session should be aimed at accomplishing certain tasks. If you just go out and run without understanding why, it’s a waste of time. It’s better to come to the place where the competition is to be held either 6 days before the race, or right before it, because a period of 2-5 days may lead to a much worse result due to acclimatization. Handle acclimatization properly. It’s not good to go to the mountains like mountain climbers do. Your goal is to keep your legs ready and adapt your body not to the highest peaks of the race, but to the medium elevation. 
You can read more about preparation and acclimatization in the interview we posted last year: there you can read about the optimal way to cover the distance, and learn what sections are the most difficult and what the best way to descend is. 


The ADIDAS ELBRUS WORLD RACE competitions are annually held in the first week of August and include 5 races: Elbrus Mountain RaceElbrus Mountain UltraElbrus Mountain MarathonElbrus TrailElbrus11.

ADIDAS ELBRUS WORLD RACE 2017 partners

 The general partner: adidas Outdoor

The competition organizer: Alpindustria company

The competitions are held under the auspices of the Kabardino-Balkaria Republic Ministry of Sports, the regional Emergencies Ministry department, and the local authorities.  

Official website of the Race: ADIDAS ELBRUS WORLD RACE

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The author of the article: Andrey Permyakov. Photo by Marat Solovyev, Danil Kolodin / Fun’Da’Mental Agency, the “Marathon Photo” service