The 8th edition of the Samsung Amman Marathon, organised by Run Jordan, will be held October 28 with the expected participation of thousands runners from all over the world. Participants can register for three races: 42km Full Marathon, 21km Half Marathon and a 10km Fun Run. A Children’s Race will be held on October 21 at King Hussein Park.
Lina Kurd, the Run Jordan general manager, told The Jordan Times that the event aims at promoting society’s awareness to the importance of sports. “This event is opened for everyone from professional runners to amateur athletes. Amman welcomes local and international participants to marvel at the old city’s architectural and serene beauty. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our partners for their continued support,” she said.
“Interested runners can register at Run Jordan’s headquarters in Shmeisani or online through the website www.runjordancom and also through our several booths around Amman,” she added. According to Kurd, the marathon will carry the slogan “Run to the Heart of the City of Amman”.
“We encourage everyone to register and participate in this annual event that aims at promoting positive lifestyles and a healthy Jordanian society. Our aim is always to find activities that encourage people to live a healthy life and running is one of them,” she said. According to Kurd, the marathon’s mission extends beyond competitive, touristic or health aspects as 20 per cent of the proceeds go to charitable associations across multiple sectors.
Last year, more than 8,000 runners took part in the event with Ethiopia’s Tilahun Tarikuwon winning the 42km men’s race after clocking 2h18m01s, followed by Kenya’s Henry Kibet (2h22m53s) and Jordan’s Yousef Khalaf (2h41m40s). Sarah Kerubo of Kenya won the 42kn women’s race in 2h46m51s, followed by teammate Rebecca Tallam (2h53m08s) and Samah Al Najjar of Jordan (3h23m12s).
By Roufan Nahhas