PICTURES | Islamabad Half Marathon – When Men And Women Stormed The Roads Of Islamabad
The event had a 5km female-only category focused on encouraging more women participation at the event.
Islamabad: Sunday, 16 February 2020
For the first time in Islamabad, a half marathon event was organized by a running community Islamabad Run with Us. The event was organised in association with the Islamabad Capital Territory Administration (ICT) and supported by Adam Milk Foods and other partners.
This was one of the biggest running events in the capital. Around 1500 members of the runners’ community and citizens joined the event. The Adam’s Islamabad Half Marathon catered to seasoned as well as amateur runners.
The event offered three running categories:
- 21.1 km Half Marathon
- a 10 km track for both men and women
- and a 5km female-only category focused on encouraging more women participation at the event.
Runners attending the marathon event were pleasantly surprised when, President of Pakistan, Dr. Arif Avli & first lady Mrs Samina Alvi marked their attendance at #IslamabadHalfMarathon as they were passing by from Margallah Avenue.
The President met the founder of IRU, Qasim Naz and appreciated the efforts of Islamabad Run With Us to organize such an event, he especially highlighted that more such events need to be dedicated to social causes.
Guest of Honor, Senator Faisal Javed Khan also joined and supported the Islamabad Half Marathon. He said that the event has positively impacted him and he is motivated to start a Parliamentary Committee for Health and Fitness.
Parliamentary Secretary of Ministry of Law and Justice Ms. Maleeka Bukhari attended the event as Guest of Honor and applauded the efforts of organizers for putting such a great healthy activity for running community and showing the positive side of Pakistan.
The organizers of the Adam’s Islamabad Half Marathon dedicated their run to the cause of raising awareness for fighting cancer in Pakistan in collaboration with Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital. The runners also raised awareness on protecting the environment by supporting Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Clean Green Pakistan movement.
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