Bangladesh Army will organise "Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Dhaka Marathon 2021" on 10 January next year as part of "Mujib Barsha" celebrations and to commemorate the homecoming day of the father of the nation.
The event will be organised in collaboration with the National Implementation Committee and under the overall coordination of the armed forces, with the approval of the prime minister.
The organising committee of the event made the announcement at a "meet the press" event at Dhaka Cantonment Multipurpose Complex on Monday, said a press release issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
The event will be organised under the overall direction and encouragement of Chief of Army Staff General Aziz Ahmed. Sports Vision Limited and Trust Innovation Limited will be involved in holding the marathon.
The organising committee said although many marathons have been held in Bangladesh before, this is going to be an international standard marathon for the first time. Renowned local and foreign runners (above 18 years) will participate in this marathon.
"Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Dhaka Marathon 2021"will be held in both men's and women's categories. The marathon will start from Army Stadium on 10 January 2021 at 6:30 am and will end in Hatirjheel area, the press release added.
The marathon will be conducted in three categories, including full marathon (42.195 km) where 100 local and foreign runners (competitors with experience in participating and finishing marathons) will participate; half marathon (21.097 km) that will be participated by 100 Bangladeshi runners who have previous marathon experience.
Keeping in mind the slogan "Digital Marathon in Digital Bangladesh in Mujib Barsha", people from all over the world can participate in the digital marathon by registering on the website www.dhakamarathon.com.bd.
Runners will complete the race at their own time between 10 January and 8 March in 2021 at a convenient location. The digital marathon will include 5km, 10km, half and full marathons. The full marathon will be broadcast live on television. The arrangement will be conducted following proper hygiene rules given the coronavirus pandemic, the press release further added.
Registration will be open to the public soon. Detailed information in this regard can be found on the official website of "Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Dhaka Marathon 2021"and on the social media page.
The organising committee hoped that such marathons will be organised by Sports Vision Limited and Trust Innovation Limited on a large scale on 10 January every year from 2022 under the management of the Bangladesh Army and with the overall cooperation of Army Sports Control Board.
The Monday's press meet was attended by Brigadier General Md Moin Uddin, chairman of Army Sports Control Board; Captain Saifur Rahman, chairman of Sports Vision Limited Chairman; Brigadier General Salim Ahmed Khan, chief coordinator of the organising committee and managing director of Trust Innovation Limited and other officials.