The marathon, held at the initiative of Heydar Aliyev Foundation, under the slogan “Win the wind” kicked off at 10 am at National Flag Square on May 1.
About 500 expats living in Baku took part in the marathon along with Azerbaijani citizens. The heads and representatives of Spanish, French, Kazakh, Ukrainian, Saudi Arabian, Iranian, Indian, Czech and other countries, as well as students, prominent public and political figures and members of the public were among the runners. Citizens of countries such as Australia, Germany, Spain, France, Russia, the UK,UAE, Kenya and others joined the marathon as well.
President of BP Azerbaijan office Gordon Birrel said about the marathon: “It’s a fantastic event for city, some BP employees are here too. I think the routes will be through a beautiful part of the city and this is going to be a fantastic day."
We should note that both the finish line and the award ceremony took place in Baku Olympic Stadium. Namig Asadov ranked first among men with Georgian citizen Georgi Dameniya and Tural Sadihkly coming second and third, respectively. Rahida Aslanova was the winner among women while Natasha Peterson (UK) and Ragsana Rajabli cane in second and third, respectively.
Winners of the race received a prize of 3000 AZN while those who came 2nd and 3rd received 2000 and 1000 AZN respectively.
The fan zones set up in Baku Olympic Stadium on the day of the marathon was open for all. There were more than 20 types of activities for both adults and children including football, lottery games, mini circus, animators and a concert. Volkicar show organized by Azerbaijan Automobile Federation was also held in Baku Olympic Stadium.Such marathons have been organized in London, Paris, Boston,New York, Chicago, Berline, Barcelona, Istanbul and other cities. Full marathon covers a distance of 42 kilometers while the half marathon distance is 21 kilometers.