This was a tradition set in place 27 years ago. Two marathons are run; the first is a 10 km race around the city. This Marathon begins at Red Square and terminates neat St. Basil's Cathedral. The second is an 18 km race run along the bank of Moscow River. A large number of people participate in this, an even larger number of people come to watch and cheer the participants on. Folk Music and Pasta Parties are common occurrences after the marathon comes to an end.