Russians Step Up in High-Heeled Race

By: CBS News
By: CBS News

Russian women proved on Saturday that they can do what no man in the world can: running a 100-metre race. That's about 150 feet in 3 and a half inch high heel shoes.

The new sports competition, "The High-Heel Race" was held this year in five Russian cities between July 16th and July 28th.

Last year, over 200 women took part in the first sprint race in Moscow, Petersburg, Yekaterinburg (the Urals) and Novosibirsk.

The race was such a success that the Russian edition of Glamor magazine decided to support it and turn it into an annual event.

"Generally our women are very fond of heels, make-up, hair-dos, minis and whatever in order to present themselves," said Anna Rykova, a fashion expert.

"On one hand it is not good because their attire is not an everyday one. On the other hand, (this style) attracts foreign men because our women are always looking good - from morning until night," she added.

The winners of each race get cash certificates of 100,000 roubles. That's $4,000 US to spend in the city's shopping malls.

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