- Lahore Marathon
bgcolour = lightgreen
date = January
type = Road
Marathon, 10km, 5km, 3km
est = 2005
record = Men's
(Ketma Amerssissa, 2007)
(Merima Danboba, 2007)
homepage = [http://www.lahoremarathon.com www.lahoremarathon.com]
The Lahore Marathon is an annual road
marathonheld in Lahore, Pakistansince 2005. The main event is the traditional 42.195 km marathon race. Other races in the marathon include a 10 km race, 5 km "Family Fun Run", and 3 km races for people with physical and visual impairment. The marathon is preceded by a gala dinner for international athletes, foreign dignitaries, government and corporate leaders. Approximately 26,000 people participated in the Lahore Marathon in total in 2007, making it one of the major marathons of the world. [http://www.app.com.pk/en/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=248&Itemid=40]
The inaugural marathon took place on January 30,
2005, with over 60 elite runners participating in a field of 17,500. Tseko Mpolokeng of South Africawas the first winner of the competition, with a time of 2:16:57. The first Pakistani to cross the finish line was Mohammad Aslam. Jane Kariuki of Kenyawas the first winner of the women's division.
The second running of the marathon took place on
January 29, 2006. The 2007 edition took place on January 14, 2007.
The 42 km traditional marathon is a closed circuit which begins and ends at the gates of
Gaddafi Stadiumin Gulberg.
Runners begin by crossing the Ferozepur Road bridge and pass the historic districts of
Ichhraand Mozang before reaching Chauburji. The course passes the Data Durbar Complexand approaches the half way stage, where it loops back towards the finish line in between Minar-e-Pakistanand Lahore Fort. Runners run alongside the famous Badshahi Masjidand pass the Bhati Gateand Taksali Gate of the Walled City of Lahore. The course then runs through The Mall, passing several notable sites such as Lahore Museum, Kim's Gun, and Bagh-e-Jinnah. The route turns onto Canal Road and makes a loop around Kalma Chowk, before finishing at the gates of Gaddafi Stadium.
This is a list of the winners of the
Visually impaired race
* [http://www.lahoremarathon.com LahoreMarathon.com] - Official website
* [http://www.greenleft.org.au/back/2005/628/628p18.htm GreenLeft.org.au] - 'Lahore marathon a blow for
civil liberties', Doug Lorimer, " Green Left Weekly" (June 1, 2005)
* [http://laborpakistan.org/articles/pakistan/marathonliberty.php LaborPakistan.org] - 'Marathon for Civil Liberties', Farooq Sulehria,
Pakistan Labor Party
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