Support Ukraine. Join the Marathon.

The Marathon
in New York
No One Wants
to Run

With each year, marathons gain greater and greater popularity. The TCS New York City Marathon is among the most prominent events, attracting tens of thousands of runners from across the world annually and receiving extensive media coverage.

Not all events garner similar levels of attention, however. It has been seven years since Russia occupied Crimea and started a war in Eastern Ukraine. It has since de facto occupied two Ukrainian regions, forcing over 1.5 million people to flee their homes.

In light of this situation, Ukrainian postal company Nova Poshta  has launched another “New York” marathon — in a small Ukrainian town also named New York, in the Donetsk region, less than a mile from the front line. A marathon that aims to remind the world that the war in Ukraine is still ongoing.

In the first ten days following launch, 35 500 runners have joined the Marathon No One Wants to Run! Every runner will receive a starter pack and a medal with an inlaid piece of bullet casing from Eastern Ukraine.

Anyone still willing to join us is welcome to do so online. To support Ukraine, simply download and print one of the template starter numbers found on our site. Use it to run the Marathon at any time and over any distance, regardless of your location.

As thanks for spreading the word, we would like to offer you a digital marathon medal created by Canadian-based Ukrainian designer Yurko Gutsulyak, who holds over 150 professional awards.

Share a video or photo of your run along with info about our project on social media, use the hashtag #marathonnoonewantstorun, and don’t forget to tag our insta page @marathonnoonewantstorun and @novaposhta.official. You will be helping to raise worldwide awareness of Russian aggression in Eastern Ukraine. Running the Marathon is free, yet your concern is priceless.

Support Ukraine – join the Marathon

New York, USA
Total runners
New York, Ukraine
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Facts about Russian aggression against Ukraine

265 mi
is the length of the line separating Ukraine and the non-government controlled areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions
residential buildings in Donbas damaged or destroyed in the hostilities
humanitarian shipments delivered to the front by Nova Poshta
Data verification: Maksym Skubenko, VoxCheck


To support Ukraine, join our Marathon. It has no time limit. We have faith that someday, the Ukrainian New York will host its own real-life marathon, in peace and safety. With your support, anything is possible.


You can run it anytime, anywhere. The distance you cover can be of your own choosing.

Starter pack

The Starter pack includes: 1) A starter number citing facts about the war in Eastern Ukraine; 2) A collection of postcards featuring photographs of New York, Ukraine by renowned Ukrainian photographer Alexander Chekmenev.


As a token of appreciation, we would like to present you with a digital medal. It was created by Canadian-based Ukrainian designer Yurko Gutsulyak, who holds over 150 professional awards.

Support Ukraine.
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