Baku Marathon-2019

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On May 5th, the Baku Marathon-2019 took place with the organizational support of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation


The marathon started on the State Flag Square, ending at the Baku Olympic Stadium, covering the distance of 21 kilometres.


22 thousand 320 people were registered this year to participate in the marathon, which attracts more and more people each year. Along with Azerbaijanis, people from other countries, including USA, UAE, the Great Britain, South Africa, France, Iran, Russia, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Ukraine, Uganda etc., joined the marathon. In addition, over 300 foreigners, residing and working in Azerbaijan, including representatives of embassies and diplomatic offices of UAE, China, India, Iraq, Iran, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Morocco, Uzbekistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan etc. in Azerbaijan were among the marathon participants.


A group of Garabagh War invalids who were provided with artificial limbs with the support of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation joined this year’s marathon.


People from Astara, Ganja, Gabala, Guba, Gusar, Lankaran, Mingachevir, Nakhchivan, Sumgait, Shamakhy, Sheki, Oghuz, Zagatala and other districts of Azerbaijan too participated in the competition.


This year’s marathon was remembered with a series of novelties. The most important one was application of the chip (time-keeping) system. A special device - a chip - was fixed on a runner’s number sheet. The application of the system allowed to see the indices of each marathon participant in detail along the route, track the results at the time of crossing the finish line and provide the participant with an electronic certificate.


The awarding ceremony too took place at the Baku Olympic Stadium. Winners of the Baku Marathon 2019” were defined on two categories. Among men, athlete from Uganda Ismail Ssenyange came to the finish line first, with Iranian sportsman Mohammad Jafar Moradi being second, and our fellow citizen Elman Abyshov third. Valentina Poltavskaya from Ukraine, Susanne Matonti from Scotland and Anna Yusupova from Azerbaijan arrived at the finish line 1st, 2nd and 3rd, accordingly.


In each of the men and women categories, the winner of the first place were awarded 3000 Manats, with the holders of the 2nd places being awarded 2000 Manats, the 3rd place 1000 Manats, plus presents, medals and certificates.


The Baku marathon is organized with a view to supporting sport’s advancement, advocating healthy lifestyle, and bringing people together for benevolent purposes.


The funds collected on the Baku Marathon-2019 will be directed to the project by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation associated with children deprived of parental protection.