The Chief Minister's Task Force on Lahore is organizing the first ever International Marathon on Sunday, 30th January 2005 in Lahore. The project is being officially launched today .
Standard Chartered Bank is the Title Sponsor of the Lahore Marathon, reinforcing the Bank’s commitment to Marathon running communities across the world. At present, Standard Chartered is sponsoring six major marathons across Africa, Asia and the Middle East namely, Nairobi (October 24), Singapore (December 5), Dubai (January 7), Mumbai (January 16), Pakistan (January 30) and Hong Kong (February 27).
The 42.195-Km Marathon in Lahore will commence early in the morning, followed quickly by a 10-Km Marathon and a 6-Km Dream Run. The top 50 out of 200 male and female marathoners of the world will participate in the 42.195-Km Marathon. With total prize money of US$100,000 approx., the Standard Chartered Lahore Marathon will attract serious runners from the Pakistan Athletic Federation, the armed forces and amateurs from schools, colleges and the general public. Above all, the different Marathon categories will reach out to young and old alike encouraging them to take part in this unique event and positively project the city of Lahore and its people.
The Standard Chartered Lahore Marathon will be taking place along a special 42.195-Km route that will be developed to showcase the spectacular city and highlight its history, culture and scenic appeal.
Ian Ladbrooke (Edge Fitness UK) will be the Race Director. He has organized leading marathons of the world and will be assisted by Gavin Lightwood, who will officiate as Start/Finish Race Director. Rupinder Singh (RPR Sports India) will be the Assistant Race Director and Coordinator for elite runners and Publicis Pakistan will be the local Event Managers for the Lahore Marathon. This team of professionals has a sterling track record of organizing marathons, athletic meets and track events featuring the world's finest athletes.
An intensive plan to provide entertainment, highlight the importance of physical fitness, arrange a trade fair, food festivals, training clinics, and other exciting activites is being finalized. A special welcome gala dinner for elite marathoners, foreign dignitaries and senior government and corporate heads is scheduled in January.
Registrations for the Standard Chartered Lahore Marathon 2005 begin on 25th October and close on 31st December 2004. The entry fee for Pakistani participants is Rs. 50 for 42.195-Km and 10-Km Marathons and Rs.100 for the 6-Km Dream Run.
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