International SCO marathon to be held in Astana within EXPO
The marathon route will cover the main streets of the left bank of Astana. To participate in it, it is planned to attract a total of about 50 professional athletes from each SCO participating country, which will compete at 3 different distances: 42, 10, and 2017 kilometers.
“This sporting event will become a powerful impetus for the popularization of athletics in Kazakhstan. The Astana marathon of the SCO and the CICA will be the largest sport and cultural event within the framework of EXPO-2017,” Chairman of the Committee for Sports and Physical Education Yelsiyar Kanagatov noted.
So, under an aegis of regional federations, the semi-marathon in Atyrau has already passed on May 6, and the semi-marathon in Karaganda is planned on June 3. After the SCO marathon in Astana, the semi-marathons and marathons are planned in the cities of Ust-Kamenogorsk and Taraz.
It is to be recalled that last year the sportsmen of the SCO member states – Kazakhstan, China, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan showed sporting will and became one of the triumphors of the first ever international cooperation marathon in the history of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
Source: Kazakhstan 2050