Teachers and students from one of our Partner schools in Bangladesh ran in the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Marathon held by the Bangalhalia Army. Around 7,000 people registered and participated in the digital marathon in either the five kilometer run, the ten kilometer run, a half marathon or a full marathon.
An event was held out of our school, in which all teachers and students ran five kilometers along with local community members. Our teachers were very proud to see that despite the large participation, two of our boys from the school placed second and tenth in their men’s category, while our girls occupied all places from first to eighth in the women’s run.
Army officials presented our students with medals and certificates for their excellent results. They thanked everyone for their involvement in their event and said they hope the marathon would create social and health awareness among people.
This race was the first of its kind in Bangladesh, utilising online resources to allow participants from across the country. This meant the event could go ahead under the current Covid-19 circumstances and that runners were not required to travel but could complete their race from home. These times were then collated through the official app and results were posted to their website.
The Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Marathon was created as a celebration of the 100th birthday of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who is considered the Father of the Nation and the architect of the liberation and founding of Bangladesh. The marathon is designed to promote Dhaka City’s cultural heritage as well as involve the youth in sports and a healthy lifestyle.