Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Dhaka Marathon 2021, which has been arranged to mark the historic Homecoming Day of Bangabandhu on January 10, is scheduled to be held today. Bangladesh Army is organizing the event in collaboration with the National Implementation Committee and the overall coordination of the Armed Forces, marking the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Some 100 runners including 37 foreign runners from France, Kenya, Ethiopia, Bahrain, Belarus, Ukraine and Morocco and SAFF nations -- India, Maldives, Nepal and Pakistan will take part here. The event, which will be held in two divisions -- men and women, will start from Army Stadium at 6:30am and will end in Hatirjheel area. The route: Bangladesh Army Stadium - Kakoli Rail Crossing Kemal Atatürk Avenue - Gulshan 2 - Gulshan 1 - Police Plaza - Hatirjheel.The marathon will be held in 3 categories -- full marathon (42.195 km), half marathon (21.097 km) and digital marathon. A total of 100 runners -- including 31 foreign runners -- will take part in the full marathon starting at 6:30 am while the rest of 100 runners -- including 6 foreign runners -- will take part in the half marathon starting at 6:45 am.
Besides, people from all around the globe, including Bangladesh, can participate in the digital marathon by registering through mobile apps keeping in mind the slogan ‘Digital Marathon in Digital Bangladesh in Mujib Year’. The digital marathon participants will complete the race on their respective time between January 10 to March 7 at their convenient locations. The digital marathon will include 5km, 10km, half and full marathons. The organizers are expecting that around 10 lakh participants will take part in the digital marathon.
In the full marathon, the elite (foreign) champions in both and men and women divisions will be awarded with USD 15,000 while runners up with USD 10,000, third-placed USD 5,000, fourth-placed USD 4,000, fifth-placed USD 3,000, sixth-placed USD 2,000 and seventh-placed USD 1,000. SAFF and local champions in both and men and women divisions will be awarded with Tk 5 lakh, runners-up Tk 4 lakh, third-placed Tk 3 lakh and fourth-placed Tk 2 lakh, five-placed Tk 1 lakh.
In the half marathon, the elite (foreign) champions in both and men and women divisions will be awarded with USD 2,750 while runners up with USD 1,500, third-placed USD 750. Local champions in both and men and women divisions will be awarded with Tk 2.5 lakh, runners-up Tk 1.5 lakh, third-placed and fourth-placed Tk 10,000 each.
Under the overall direction and enthusiasm of the Chief of Army Staff General Aziz Ahmed, the Bangladesh Army is playing the role of the main organiser. At the same time, Sports Vision Limited and Trust Innovation Limited are involved in organising ‘Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Dhaka Marathon 2021’. Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) and International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) gave the approval for the event. The full marathon will be broadcast live to viewers on television. The organizers have taken all possible health measures in the COVID-19 situation.