The press office of the Simbirsk Metropolia has reported that among the participants of the first junior rides were pupils of orphanages.
The Primate of the Simbirsk Metropolia delivered a speech in which he noted:
“Dear Sergei Ivanovich, dear builders, inspirators, and winners! Dear Friends! Looking at our young generation I remember my childhood. Go-kart tracks, really?! In my time hardly everyone had a bicycle. But now just look at this wonderful sports center! Whatever anyone says, but Russia lives and develops! Such events exalt Russia and I am glad that not merely shopping centers and dance clubs open in Simbirsk, but also such important sports facilities as this one. I am addressing those who will win here and will aspire to reach the top results: preserve the spirit of unity, the spirit of Russian identity, and mutual help. Happy journey!”
Metropolitan Theophan, Governor Sergei Morozov and other honored guests took a ride to the covered track in full uniform.
Despite the first-time ride, Metropolitan Theophan rode properly equaling the more experienced racers.