Buzz

7,000 Runners Take Over Egypt’s Streets for Cairo Runners’ Half Marathon

7,000 Runners Take Over Egypt’s Streets for Cairo Runners’ Half Marathon

Credit: Cairo Runners (Facebook)
Credit: Cairo Runners (Facebook)

On Friday, as international and local media focused on demonstrations in Egypt, more than 7,000 runners wearing bright yellow t-shirts took over the streets of Cairo’s Maadi district in one of Cairo Runners‘ most successful events to date.

The event, which was saw the participation of numerous athletic communities, included Egyptians and expatriates alike running under blue and sunny skies. However, it was not just for the die-hard athletes. Among the troves of runners were parents with their children, first-time runners, and others hoping to get some exercise in a truly festive environment.

The event kicked off with the beat of music and crowds cheering as they started running. While many in Cairo were still asleep, outside thousands were running for greater awareness of the health benefits associated with exercise and of Egypt’s beauty.

On social meida, participants praised the event, calling it one of Cairo Runners’ best events.

“I cannot wait to see a full marathon,” commented one user, Rasha Mosaad, on Cairo Runners’ Facebook page.

“Yesterday was my first half marathon. You can’t imagine how much I’m happy, my dreams have come true. Really thanks Cairo Runners. It was very well organised. It was more than a festival,” said another user Khaled Atwa, referring to the festive environment among the runners.

The event marked Cairo Runners’ fourth half marathon and witnessed a live performance by the Egyptian band Cairokee and other forms of entertainment. While the event did cost money, half of the event’s proceeds were allocated to the development of poor villages across Egypt.

Launched in 2012 with the aim of “discovering and promoting tourism through running Egypt’s iconic destinations,” Cairo Runners has grown from drawing a mere 70 participants in its first-ever run to a projected 7,000 for this year’s half-marathon.

“We’ve come a long way, from around 70 runners showing up in our first run, all the way up to 6,000 at our last half marathon,” said co-founders Ibrahim Safwat and Aya Safwat in statements to Egyptian Streets before the half-marathon. “Our target is to organize a full-fledged marathon in Egypt.”

With a successful half-marathon, and people clamoring for more events, Cairo Runners’ target of organizing a marathon might be met sooner rather than later.

Drums Festival Brings International Dance and Music to Egypt's Al-Muezz Street
Film About Egyptian Satirist Bassem Youssef Premieres at Tribeca Film Festival

Subscribe to our newsletter


Buzz
@egyptianstreets

Quick clicks. Making it lighter.

More in Buzz

Searching for Life Quality? Cairo, Alexandria Just Made It to Africa’s Top 10 Cities

Aya NaderFebruary 23, 2017

#StopTheWait: Messi Visits Egypt to Promote Affordable Hepatitis C Treatment and Tourism

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 22, 2017

‘Egypt is the Most Fascinating Place on Earth’: How to Spend Just 48 Hours in Egypt

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 14, 2017

Drinking Liquor Without Getting Drunk Not Sinful: Islamic Scholar

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 13, 2017

World’s Heaviest Woman Transported from Egypt to India for Weight Reduction Surgery

Toqa EzzidinFebruary 13, 2017

Egypt is the Cheapest Place in the World to Buy a Big Mac – But What Does That Mean?

Mohamed KhairatJanuary 31, 2017

Meet Dina Habib Powell, the Egyptian-American Appointed by Trump to the White House

Mohamed KhairatJanuary 17, 2017

Redefine Ability: An Egyptian Campaign Changing How We View Ability

Mohamed KhairatJanuary 11, 2017
Egyptian Streets is an independent, young, and grass roots news media organization aimed at providing readers with an alternate depiction of events that occur on Egyptian and Middle Eastern streets, and to establish an engaging social platform for readers to discover and discuss the various issues that impact the region.

© 2017 ES Media UG. All Rights Reserved.