Baku Marathon-2017

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“Baku Marathon-2017” took place on April 30, 2017, under the slogan “Conquer the Wind”, following the Heydar Aliyev Foundation’s initiative.

 

Vice-president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva and Arzu Aliyeva joined the marathon.

 

The half marathon started at the State Flag Square, then continuing along the Seaside National Park, the Yusif Safarov street, passing by the Heydar Aliyev Centre, going along the Heydar Aliyev Avenue ended at the Baku Olympic Stadium. The marathon distance was 21 kilometres.

 

The aid stations arranged every two kilometres provided the marathon runners with water, sanitary unit, and first aid.

 

Those who could not continue the marathon, people coming to support the runners etc. were delivered to the finishing line by special busses. In general, four bus stops were active along the itinerary.

 

In general, over 13 thousand people were registered to participate in the marathon. Over 1000 foreign nationals participated in the marathon, along with Azerbaijanis. Ambassadors of Switzerland, India, Mexico, the Czech Republic, Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, Ukraine and Malaysia in Azerbaijan, representatives of the embassies of Korea, Iraq, Belarus, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan in our country, the Azerbaijani representative office of the European Union, as well as representatives of the United Aid For Azerbaijan (UAFA) of the Great Britain and of BP Azerbaijan too joined the marathon. Citizens of the USA, the Great Britain, Germany, Poland, Turkey, Russia, Iran, Georgia, Ukraine etc. also participated in the marathon.

 

The finishing line and the awarding ceremony too were at the Baku Olympic Stadium. Among the men, Turkish citizen Veysi Aslan reached the finishing line 1st, Üzeir Soylemez from Turkey came 2nd, and Vladislav Demyanov from Russia took the 3rd place. And among the women, Turkish citizen Yayla Kılıc reached the finishing line 1st, Valentina Poltovska from Ukraine took the 2nd place, while Parisa Arab from Iran won the 3rd place.

 

Winners of the “Baku Marathon-2017” were established on two categories – men and women. In each of the categories, winners of the 1st place were awarded a money prize amounting to 3 thousand Manats, while the winners of the 2nd and 3rd places received 2000 and 1000 Manats, respectively, along with other presents, as well as medals and certificates. Moreover, various encouraging prizes were presented to those participants that took the places from the 4 to 10, by sponsors of the “Baku Marathon-2017”.

 

Money raised from the marathon will be directed to the project of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation associated with children deprived of parental care. 



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