200 runners from home and abroad took part in the Bangabandhu Marathon
Dhaka, January 11: Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Dhaka Marathon-2021 has been held in Dhaka on the occasion of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's Homecoming Day. Two hundred national and international runners took part in the event. The marathon started from the Army Stadium in Banani at 6 am on Sunday (January 10) and ended at Hatirjheel in the capital.
The marathon was organised by the National Implementation Committee, Armed Forces Department, Bangladesh Athletics Federation and Bangladesh Olympic Association to celebrate the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal inaugurated the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Dhaka Marathon-2021 at the Army Stadium in the morning. State Minister for Youth and Sports Zahid Ahsan Russell was present at the inauguration ceremony.
Runners from France, Kenya, Ethiopia, Bahrain, Belarus, Ukraine, Morocco, Maldives, Nepal, India, Lesotho and Spain took part in the marathon.
Domestic and foreign runners competed in Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Dhaka Marathon - 2021 full-marathon, half-marathon and digital-marathon categories.
One hundred local and foreign runners competed in the 42.195 km long full-marathon.
After that, 100 more runners took part in the 21.97 km long half-marathon. Among the foreign runners, 17 competed in the 'elite' category and 12 in the 'sub elite' category.
The marathon ended at Hatirjheel from Army Stadium via Kamal Ataturk Avenue, Gulshan-2 Square and Gulshan-1 Square in Banani. In the half marathon, Kenya's Eduen came first, Bahrain's Touhid came second and Spain's Alfaz Aziz came third.
Meanwhile, Hisam of Morocco became the first in the full marathon.