23 March 2018: FREE MOVEMENT PALESTINE MARATHON
is an initiative to increase awareness about our right to freedom of movement as stated in Article 13 of the universal declaration of Human Rights.
The Palestine Olympic Committee (POC) is an independent civil organization that sponsors the Palestine Marathon. POC is recognized as a member in the International Olympic Committee which oversees Olympics and Sports Activities. Together they carry the mission to maintain and develop Olympic and Sport events held in Palestine to focus on the basic right to move freely in Palestine.
The Palestine Marathon’s aim is to establish a running culture in Palestine. It is an opportunity that provides Palestinians with the chance to move in a new and fun way which also builds a relationship based on the love for running and cultural exchange between Palestinians and the people from around the world.
The event is about showing the outside world a new side of Palestine and Palestinians. It is about creating awareness and building understanding across cultures. Palestine Marathon is about cultural exchange, cultural exploration, and understanding. It is free of any political agenda.
Nothing happens until something starts moving. So we want to move. Move with us.
The event includes a marathon, half marathon, 10K race and 3K family race.
More info: #PalestineMarathon
6 May 2018: GREAT PEACE RUN, BELGIUM
In 2018 it will be 100 years since World War I came to an end. The ‘Great War’ was the scene of unspeakable cruelty. One of the most important fronts was situated in the western-most part of Flanders, with Ypres as its focal point.
You will have the opportunity to remember this historic moment alongside runners from all countries worldwide during the Great Peace Run: a half marathon visiting iconic monuments and places that played an important part in the events of 1918.
The course of this unique experience run and walk starts at the famous Menin gate, continuing on through Flanders’ Fields, including Hill 60 and Hill 62. The finish is drawn on the town square of Ypres in front of the “In Flanders Fields” Museum.
More info: #GreatPeaceRun
20 May 2018: KIGALI INTERNATIONAL PEACE MARATHON, RWANDA
Rwanda is a small, land-locked country located in East Africa, bordered by Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The capital Kigali is built on eleven hills.
During the Rwandan Genocide in 1994 approximately a million Tutsi people were killed by members of the Hutu majority government over the course of 100 days.
The Kigali Marathon was initiated with the idea that sport could be a way of building peace.
The event takes place on a hilly road course with beautiful city views.
Race distances are a full marathon, half marathon and 7K run for peace.
The race will start and finish in the Amahoro National Stadium, near Remera, one of the hottest centers of Kigali.
The Amahoro National Stadium was temporarily a UN Protected Site during the Rwandan Genocide, hosting 12,000 mainly Tutsis refugees.
The Rwanda Athletics Federation uses the raised funds to sponsor widows, orphans, and those who were left behind in 1994.
In 2017 5800 people from 35 countries participated in the Peace Marathon, including 500 Kenyans and thousands of Rwandans. In the non-competitive Run for Peace, some mothers did not shy away but brought their babies with them and the people with disabilities were also present.
Race info: #KigaliPeaceMarathon
“The supreme secret or goal will be to transcend our own capacities. We will not try to defeat others.
We will try only to constantly transcend ourselves. We must try to develop universal goodwill.
When transcending ourselves, we will not fight with ourselves.”
SRI CHINMOY RACES
Sri Chinmoy founded the Marathon Team in 1977, and his vision, encouragement and intuition have been the guiding force behind its growth into the world’s largest organizer of ultradistance races.
His innate understanding of the limitless potential that lies within each one of us led him to conceive of events that to others seemed beyond the bounds of possibility.
During his lifetime, Sri Chinmoy was internationally recognized for his numerous initiatives that have united people from many cultures and walks of life to work for a more fulfilling world. He was always a strong advocate for the role of sports as a powerful instrument for promoting global harmony. As an athlete, philosopher, artist and poet, Sri Chinmoy dedicated his life to advancing the ideals of world peace and oneness.
Sri Chinmoy practiced sports not only for the joy of it, and to keep the body fit, but also because he saw sports as a natural vehicle for expressing his philosophy of self-transcendence. Inspired by his example, several of his students have attempted to stretch their own personal limits – setting new world records in various fields, running multi-day races, swimming the English channel and climbing some of the world’s highest mountains.
Sri Chinmoy passed away in October 2007 at the age of 76.
The Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team puts on sporting events in over 20 countries around the world – mainly running, but also other disciplines such as lake swims and triathlons.
They organize races of all distances from 2 miles up, but they’re best known for their long-distance ultra running events, including the 3100 Mile Self-Transcendence Race – the world’s longest certified road race:
18 June-18 August 2018: Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race, New York, USA
The 22nd annual edition of ‘The Mount Everest of ultramarathons.’
Athletes are able to test themselves in a format unlike any other ultra-marathon event. In order to meet their goal of 3100 miles in 52 days, they must log an average of 59.6 miles in an 18-hour daily format. The runners begin at 6 am and run for extended periods throughout the day, taking breaks as needed. If they want to, they can continue as late as 12 midnight when the course closes for the night.
The surface is concrete sidewalks around a playground, ball fields, and high school in a city neighborhood.
The physical and psychological demands are prodigious, if not overwhelming. Participation is limited to invited athletes who have a resume of multi-day running experience and elite endurance abilities.
The race serves as an inspiration for people in all walks of life to ‘go the extra mile’ or reach their own highest potential in whatever they do.
In 1987, Sri Chinmoy founded the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run.
It is a torch relay that travels throughout the length and breadth of the world promoting the simple message that there is infinitely more that unites us as human beings than divides us. A key feature of the Run is the idea that it is individuals who, through changes in their own lives, can make positive change in the world a reality. Since 2004, the Run has also been known as the World Harmony Run.
Relay teams in each participating country are made up of runners from all walks of life, who have dedicated their time and energy to bring the Run to communities around the globe. Coordinators in each country partner locally with schools, community groups, sporting organizations, city and state government departments to bring the run to the community as a service encouraging international friendship and understanding.
Every year, the Peace Run makes its way through the 5 main continents of America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australasia. Members of the Sri Chinmoy Centre assist with the planning of the run, but it is truly a grassroots project, with many people from local communities coming forward to help, inspired by the simplicity of the Run’s message.
More info: Sri Chinmoy Worldwide Race Events #3100MileSelfTranscendenceRace #SriChinmoy #PeaceRun
6 July 2018: ULTRAMARATHON VUKOVAR SREBRENICA
is a marathon race run by four runners in July 2012 and 2013, on a section from the city of Vukovar in Croatia to Srebrenica in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The race was held under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Croatia, Ivo Josipović, and in the organization of the Council of the Bosniak National Minority of the City of Zagreb.
Ultramarathoners from Croatia were running 227 kilometers from Vukovar to Srebrenica. They started on July 6 in memory of the victims of the two cities, as well as all the innocent victims in the past wars.
Since then, every year on July 6, runners cover the same 227 km route to recall the suffering of Vukovar and Srebrenica, as well as to encourage the resolution of the issue of missing persons.
Besides the ultramarathon, a peace march of ca 5000 people takes place in Srebrenica on the 10th of July, the same day that the runners arrive.
More info: #UltramarathonVukovarSrebrenica
7 October 2018: KOŠICE PEACE MARATHON
is the oldest marathon in Europe and the second oldest in the world after the Boston Marathon. The first marathon was held in 1924, inspired by the Olympic marathon in Paris in the same year. The first women’s race was held in 1980.
After World War II it became known as Marathon of Freedom and transformed later in Peace Marathon. Their charity program Running with a Heart supports care for little oncological patients, homeless people and the development of athletics.
It’s a flat road course of two laps through the historic city center of Košice, the second largest city in Slovakia.
The event includes a marathon, half-marathon and a relay and is held each year in the first week of October. It attracts more than 10.000 participants, both elite and fun runners.
More info: #KošicePeaceMarathon
11 November 2018: BEIRUT MARATHON
heads into its 16th year of bringing runners together from Lebanon and around the world for the greater purpose of peace and love.
It all began with a dream to build a running community and culture across Lebanon.
After surviving a near-fatal accident while running, May El Khalil began to actualize her dream: from her hospital bed she oversaw the emergence of the Beirut Marathon Association. Armed with determination, unwavering resolve, and the help of her family, friends, and a dedicated team of supporters, May succeeded in establishing one of the most successful running events in the region, the Beirut International Marathon.
The yearly event in November includes the Youth Race, Women’s Race, Half Marathon and Beirut International Marathon.
International Ambassador for the Beirut Marathon Association, Mo’ath Alkhawaldeh, spreads their message of togetherness, tolerance, and positivity.
Mo’ath Alkhawaldeh is a Jordanian marathon and half marathon runner who has represented Jordan in many national and international races. He hopes to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
He is a strong believer in the potential of sport to change individual behavior and transform wider conflicts, and he encourages young people in the Middle East to realize their own athletic potential and to begin positive change through sport.
More info: #BeirutMarathon
End of 2018: IRAN MARATHON, IRAN
(date to be confirmed).
In modern times the marathon has become a symbol of peace. Men from different nations run together in unity!
I run Iran is partnering with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear weapons (ICAN) that won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017!
This new marathon is about much more than running. Runners and supporters from more than 50 countries will attend this race to discover the Persian culture, history and food. Together they will enjoy, eat, discuss and celebrate.
This first Iran marathon intends to open New Horizons and make a better future.
Iran’s barring of women from spectating and participating in sporting events has been a controversial topic, particularly in the recent case of Ghoncheh Ghavami, a British-Iranian law student who was jailed for attempting to watch a volleyball match. But in contrary to last year, women are allowed to participate in this second edition!
The race will be held in Tehran, the capital of Iran. All 1000 participants will finish at the colossal Azadi stadium which can host an impressive 90.000 people. The route is flat but high altitude (1100 m average). Distances you can choose from are the marathon (42.2K), half marathon (21.1K), 10K and 1K.
Finishers are honored at the palace of Darius the Great, the king who ruled the Persian empire at its peak.
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