Bangladesh Army is organising the first-ever international marathon in the country to mark Bangabandhu's birth centenary.
The Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Dhaka Marathon 2021 will begin in the capital on Sunday.
Around 200 elite marathon runners from Morocco, Kenya, Ethiopia, Ukraine, France, Bahrain, Belarus, Lesotho, India, Nepal and Maldives and 165 athletes from Bangladesh will participate in two categories of the competition – full marathon and half marathon.
Also, a digital marathon will also begin on the same day and will continue till March 7 where athletes from all over the world will participate through an app.
The full marathon, covering 42.195 kilometres, will start at 6am and the half marathon of 21.097 kilometres, at 6:40am, from Banani Army Stadium and will conclude at Hatirjheel after crossing Kakoli, Gulshan 1, Gulshan 2, Police Plaza, and Hatirjjheel circle.
The champion of the full marathon from the elite group will receive prize money of $15,000, runner-up $10,000 and second runner-up $5,000.
And the champion of South Asia and Bangladesh will get Tk5,00,000, runner-up Tk4,00,00 and second runner-up Tk3,00,000.
Also, the champion of the half marathon from the elite group will get prize money of $2,750 while the local champion will receive Tk250,000.