Alexey is used to training in minus 31 degrees in Siberia. Sunday he will be running the Telenor CPH Marathon together with his Danish friend Julian Petersen.


To Danish Julian Petersen and Russian Alexey Elezov, running has a special meaning. And Sunday they will run Telenor Copenhagen Marathon together.

It will be Julian’s fifth marathon, while for Alexey Elezov from Siberia, it is the first time he will run the Telenor CPH Marathon.

I love Copenhagen, and I have been here 5-6 times before, and I look forward to experiencing the city and the atmosphere during the Telenor CPH Marathon, as Julian has told me a lot about” 

So says Alexey Elezov, who has been training in snow in down to minus 31 degrees from October to April.

So the weather in Copenhagen does not scare him.

“The weather is absolutely perfect, and Copenhagen is a great city to run in,” says Alexey, who was training in snow just last week.

From New York to Copenhagen

Julian and Alexey have known each other for four years, and right from the beginning, running has played a big role in their friendship.

We met in Berlin for a big fashion show, and we agreed to do business together. But I said to Alexey, if we were to do business together, we should also run together. So we ran our first run together in Copenhagen four years ago, and in November we ran the New York Marathon, and I told Alexey about how amazing Telenor CPH Marathon is. A couple of months ago I then got an email where he wrote that he had signed up, and now we are here ready to run on Sunday,” says Julian.

For now, however, they wont run side by side, as their levels are still a bit apart.

When we met four years ago, he (Alexey, red) had a bit extra on his stomach, but he has been passionated and has been training a lot for Telenor CPH Marathon. He just arrived from the Faroe Islands, where he has been hiking for a couple of days, and he wants to run the marathon under 3.30 hours while I’m aiming for sub 3 hours, ” says Julian Petersen.

Even more running experiences await the two business and running partners. Their next common marathon goal may be Chicago.