30 thousand people participate in Ulaanbaatar Marathon www.montsame.mn
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/. In the frameworks of the 380th anniversary of the establishment of Ulaanbaatar city, the annual international Ulaanbaatar Marathon took place on May 18.
Governor of the Capital City and Mayor of Ulaanbaatar S.Amarsaikhan, Chairman of the Citizens’ Representative Khural R.Dagva, Deputy Governor of the Capital City in charge of social development issues Sh.Ankhmaa and officials attended the opening ceremony.
In his opening speech for the Ulaanbaatar Marathon, Mayor S.Amarsaikhan said, “It is great that the Ulaanbaatar Marathon involves more and more athletes and amateur runners each year, having become a large-scale marathon that is anticipated by the citizens of the capital city and professional runners alike. With the technological advancement, more people have begun to have lack of movement and less opportunity to walk, run and improve their physical fitness due to the use of cars and mobile phones. Thus, the Governor’s Office of the Capital City initiated the car-free day, giving citizens the chance to walk, ride bikes and participate in a marathon by leaving their cars for at least one day. Aside from the half and full marathons for athletes, three more races (race for health, family and children), in which citizens can participate, have been added.”
With expats living in Mongolia, amateur runners from neighboring countries and professional athletes known on the continental and global level involved, over 30,000 participants competed in the international marathon.
Over 150 certified referees and about 500 student volunteers worked at the marathon.