Baku, April 30, AZERTAC
Baku Marathon-2017, initiated by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, has kicked at Flag Square.
Vice-president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva and Arzu Aliyeva is attending the marathon held under the slogan “Win the wind”
The marathon was preceded by a ceremony to award media representatives for their role in coverage of last year`s event. AZERTAC`s reporter was among those who received awards. More than 13 thousand participant representing US, Russia, Great Britain, Germany, Turkey, Iran and other countries is attending the marathon.
Baku Marathon–2017 will cover a distance of 21 kilometers (half marathon), starting at the Flag Square and finishing at Baku Olympic Stadium. Prominent public and political figures, sportsmen, members of general public and students are among the runners.
The marathon aims to create a new culture in the sport history of Azerbaijan, assist the development of sport, and promote healthy lifestyle among young people
The funds to be raised by the marathon will be spent to fund the Heydar Aliyev Foundation`s project to help children deprived of parental care.
The marathon was open to anyone above the age of 16 upon registration, including both local residents and guests of the country.
Awards for Baku Marathon-2017 will be granted in two categories. Winners of the first places in both men`s and women`s categories will be awarded 3,000 AZN, whereas the second and third place winners will get 2,000 and 1,000 AZN respectively along with gifts, medals and certificates.
Besides the three major winners among men and women, fourth, fifth and sixth place winners in both categories will get a tourist voucher for two persons to any European country of their choice. Those finishing seventh and eighth in both categories will be remunerated by the sponsors of Baku Marathon-2017, whereas holders of ninth and tenth places will get a 100 AZN gift card each.
The first marathon involved more than 7,000 people last year.
Similar marathons have been held in London, Paris, Boston, New York, Chicago, Berlin, Barcelona, Istanbul and other cities. The distance at the marathon is 42.195 km and half marathon is 21.097 km. Held since 1981, the London Marathon is the Guinness World Record's largest annual fundraising event in the world.
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