Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Dhaka Marathon 2022 was held on Monday, marking Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s Homecoming Day.
The marathon started from Army Stadium and ended in Hatirjheel Amphitheatre after passing through Banani - Kamal Ataturk Avenue - Gulshan-1, Gulshan 2 and Police Plaza area.
The event was organised by Bangladesh Army, co-organisers are Army Sports Control Board, Sports Vision Ltd, and Trust Innovation Ltd., with Technical Partners being Bangladesh Athletic Federation and Bangladesh Olympic Association.
Bashundhara Group, a leading business conglomerate in the country, was the Gold sponsor of this mega event.
In appreciation of their invaluable contribution, Bashundhara Group received a crest from the organiser.
Major (retd) Shaikh Mohammad Mizanur Rahman, head of Public Relations of the Bashundhara Group MD’s Secretariat, received the crest.
A total of 580 runners took part in the full marathon (42.15 km) and half marathon (21.097 km) events.
Among the SAFF runners, 10 men and six women participated in the full marathon. The marathon was attended by 19 elite runners from France, Kenya, Ethiopia, Ukraine, Spain, Italy and Morocco, and a total of 16 foreign runners from the Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka and India. Among the elite runners in the full marathon, Kenya’s Vincent Kipsang Rono became the champion in the men’s category and Ethiopia’s Muliye Dekebo Hylemariyam became the women’s champion. Also, in the full marathon among SAAF and local runners Bugatha Srinu of India became the champion in the men’s event and Arati Dattatray Patil of India became the champion in the women's event.
Among the elite runners in the half marathon, Ronjas Lokitan Kilimu of Kenya became the champion in the men’s division and Soukaina Atanane of France became the champion in the women’s division.
Among the runners participating in the full marathon, SA Md Asif Biswas of the Navy became the champion in the men’s category and Mst Papya Khatun of the Army became the champion in the women’s category.
Also, in the men’s half marathon, Lance Corporal Md Al-Amin of the Army became the champion and Shamsunnahar Ratna became the champion in the women’s division.
Prizes were awarded to nine male and female elite runners participating in the full marathon, 20 female and male runners of the SAFF and Bangladeshi runners in the full marathon, four male and female elite runners participating in the half marathon and 20 male and female Bangladeshi runners participating in the half marathon.
At the end of the competition, prize distribution and closing ceremony was held at Hatirjheel Amphitheatre.
Chief of Army Staff General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed was present as the chief guest at the closing ceremony and distributed prizes among the winners.
At the concluding remarks, General Shafiuddin hoped that Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Dhaka Marathon-2022 would create social and health awareness among the people of all walks of life in Bangladesh.
He hoped that Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Dhaka Marathon would be organised on the occasion of Bangabandhu’s Homecoming Day on January 10 every year.
In conclusion, he thanked all local and foreign athletes participating in marathon and all concerned for making this event a success.