The Urga Ski Marathon takes place in the 1582 founded city Khanty-Mansiysk, in the heart of Russia. The city is well known of ist Biathlon Worldcup races and is one of the richest cities in Russia because oft he oil boom, despite the city doesn't produce any oil.
Khanty-Mansiysk is host for many sports events and home for many famous athletes. Ugra Region is known as global cross-country skiing centre with a good touristic infrastructure. The local Icehockey team won the CHL-Championships in 2014. You can get easily from Moscow to Khanti-Mansiysk by plane. Three flights are offered from Moscow to Khanti-Mansiysk daily.
One of the most famous annual sports events is UGRA Ski Marathon.
This event is very popular fort he russian top athletes. Olympic champions, olympic and paralympic participants meet with popular athletes on the first weekend of April at the traditional race. At this race, it can happen, that the temperatures fall to 20 degrees below zero in april. The race is also a main race of Russialoppet.