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Erbil Marathon 2013 – Run For Peace

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A RACE FOR PEACE AND PROSPERITY

By Eileen Cotter

 Locals in the sunny, historic capital town of Erbil often like to stay in shape and challenge themselves. This includes those who run the city streets for fun to get fit and see the sights by foot. Every year, there is an organized marathon for anyone who enjoys racing and pushing their limit to conquer a 42-kilometer course.

 

The Erbil International Marathon has welcomed hundreds of runners who are professional or simply looking to tackle this type of race. It’s a new event started in 2011, building upon a more informal gathering that has taken place for the past 15 years. It continues to increase in popularity every year as the premiere marathon happening in the Erbil, the Kurdistan region, Iraq. There’s even modified tracks for people who want to take part racing in wheelchairs or trying short routes, such as the 10K course. Participants young and old are encouraged by crowds of onlookers who cheer them on toward the finish line. The race can be run solo or representing a local business, club or sports team. Prizes are awarded to the top athletes for their efforts.

To support peace and development in Erbil, the marathon was created as a symbol for community and connection. Organizers hope they this gives individuals an alternative outlet to channel their creativity and energy into something friendly that builds sportsmanship.

While waiting for the race that takes place in October, residents and travelers alike can sign up with the Erbil running club for some practice and a unique way to tour the city. The group meets every Friday for fitness and fun at the Sami Abdulrahman Park and welcomes those of all ages and abilities to join in. This is the perfect way to meet fellow runners and discover a healthy, productive way to work on wellness and physicality.

Photos: by Erbil Marathon

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For more information on Erbil Marathon:

Phone:           +964 750 777 0578

Email:            erbilmarathon@yahoo.com

Website:        www.erbilmarathon.org

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