Baku Marathon 2016

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On May 1, 2016, the “Baku Marathon 2016” took place under the slogan of “Conquer the wind”, following the Heydar Aliyev Foundation’s initiative.


Vice-president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva participated in the marathon.


The Marathon was launched  from the State Flag Square.


The starting shot of the competition was made by Olympic champion, world champion for trapshooting Zemfira Meftahetdinova.


Maximum 4 hours and 30 minutes had been allocated  to overcome the distance of a semi-marathon – 21 kilometres.


The finishing line and rewarding ceremony  were at  the Baku Olympic Stadium. At the marathon, Namig Asadov took the first place among men, the second was Georgian citizen George Damenia, and Tural Sadykhly took the third place. Among women, Rahida Aslanova reached the finishing line first, Natasha Petersen from the Great Britain was second, and Ragsana Rajabli reached the finishing line third.


The winner of the first place was rewarded by the founders with 3 thousand Manats, while the second place received 2 thousand Manats, and the winner of the third place won a thousand Manats. They were also presented souvenirs.


Over 7000 participants were registered to participate in the marathon. As funds to be paid in connection with students’ participation were covered by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, they did not make payment when getting registered.


Up to 500 foreigners joined the competition, along with Azerbaijani citizens. Heads and representatives of companies from Spain, France, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, Iran, India, Czech Republic etc. operating in Azerbaijan, students, sportsmen, a number of well-known public and political figures, and representatives of the public were among the participants. The marathon was also joined by guests from Austria, Germany, Spain, France, Russia, the Great Britain, United Arab Emirates, Kenia etc.


The primary objective of the marathon is to provide support to development of sports, propagate healthy lifestyle among people, especially the youth, and bring them together for benevolent purposes. The money collected at the Baku Marathon will be spent for projects by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation aimed at children deprived of parental care.