CAIRO: Cairo Runners initiative has held its third annual half-marathon in Cairo’s upscale district of Heliopolis Friday, in cooperation with the Ministry of Sport and Cairo governorate.
The marathon, held Friday morning, was divided into three types of races: 21kilometers, 7K and 1K for the family run.
Some 5,000 participated in the half-marathon, where the winners received prizes at the end of the event. A part of the proceeds gathered through the registration fees will be allocated for the Abbasiya Fever Hospital.
There were cultural performances at the end of the marathon, where the Wust el-Balad music band closed the event with a concert.
Special security forces were present at the event securing the participants.
Selfie pictures, taken by some runners with President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, who was on his way back after a speech at the military academy, circulated on social media.
Considered to be the first street running initiative, the Cairo Runners’ aim revolves around a dream to change Egyptian’s lifestyle to a healthier one.
The group’s first run took place in Dec. 14, 2012, where there were only around 60 participants.
But it was successful in encouraging Egyptians to take to the streets and exercise weekly running every Friday, where an average of 2,500 runners partake in every run.
Additional reporting by Ahmed Bakry