Islamabad Marathon 2023
The 2nd Islamabad Marathon organized by Islamabad Run With Us (IRU) was a notable event that took place on January 29th, 2023. This marathon not only attracted runners from all over the country, but the diplomatic community also actively took part, providing a unique opportunity for participants to challenge themselves and showcase their athletic abilities. The event was not just a showcase of physical endurance, but also a celebration of the community spirit and camaraderie that exists within the city of Islamabad.
About Last Year
Last year, I had the privilege of being part of the media team at the 1st Islamabad Marathon. Our team was responsible for capturing the event through photography and filming a documentary. With my team of talented photographers, we were able to capture the energy and excitement of the marathon, showcasing the hard work and determination of the participants. It was a truly rewarding experience, and I am grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of such a dynamic and impactful event. The Official Documentary is out and you can watch it here.
Islamabad Marathon 2023 – A different Role For Me
However, I felt like I was missing out on the thrill of the event. This year, I had the opportunity to step up and take on a bigger challenge. I became a marshal, leading the runners along the route and ensuring their safety. It was a completely different experience, as I had to keep my composure and be a leader for the participants. The pressure was high, but the sense of responsibility and pride in my role was unmatched. I truly felt like a torchbearer, guiding the runners to the finish line and inspiring them to do their best. It was a truly unforgettable experience
Being a Race Marshall
As a marshal at the 2nd Islamabad Marathon, I was honored to accompany a French diplomat who was striving for third place. The experience was truly unforgettable, as we worked together as a team to achieve his goal. The excitement and fun we shared during the race cannot be put into words. Although most of the effort was on the runner’s part, I felt like I was contributing in my small way by providing support and guidance along the route. In the end, it all felt like a team effort and a celebration of our shared love for the sport. The experience was truly unforgettable, and I am grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of it.
Leading the Team of Marshalls
I would like to extend my appreciation to the team of race marshals at the 2nd Islamabad Marathon. These individuals rode their bicycles for over five hours, providing critical support and guidance to the participants. Their tireless efforts helped ensure that runners received timely first aid if needed and that the traffic flow was managed effectively. The marshals worked closely with traffic wardens to provide a smooth and safe environment for the runners, enabling them to perform at their best. The role of the marshals was vital to the success of the event, and I am grateful for their dedication and hard work. They truly made a difference for the participants and contributed to the overall success of the marathon
The Goal, The Cause
The Islamabad Marathon 2023 was organized to promote fitness and wellness. With an increasing number of individuals struggling with lifestyle-related health problems such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, it is crucial to promote healthy habits and physical activity. The marathon provided an opportunity for individuals to come together, set a goal for themselves, and work towards achieving it. The energy and excitement surrounding the event were palpable, with runners of all ages and abilities participating.
Participation of Local Businesses
The 2nd Islamabad Marathon 2023 was not just about promoting fitness and wellness, but it also served as a platform for local businesses, organizations, and individuals to support a good cause. Many chose to sponsor the event and raise awareness among the masses, providing a much-needed boost to the sports-loving community. This show of support highlights the important role that corporations can play in promoting physical activity and healthy lifestyles. In the future, it is hoped that global brands operating in Pakistan will also come forward and invest in the well-being of the communities in which they do business. By doing so, they will help create a healthier, happier, and more active society, benefiting both individuals and the community at large
Success at large
The Islamabad Marathon 2023 was a resounding success, with participants and spectators alike praising the event’s organization and logistics. The race was well-marked, with ample support and hydration stations placed along the route. This, combined with the supportive atmosphere and unmatched weather in Islamabad, made the event a truly enjoyable experience for everyone involved.
Islamabad Run With Us (IRU)
Islamabad Run With Us (IRU) is a pioneer in the running culture of Islamabad and has played a vital role in promoting fitness and wellness in the community. As the organizer of the 2nd Islamabad Marathon, IRU brought together individuals from all walks of life to celebrate the power of community and the importance of taking care of one’s health. IRU has consistently demonstrated its commitment to promoting a running culture in Islamabad, and events like the Islamabad Marathon serve as a testament to their efforts. With its focus on fitness, wellness, and community spirit, IRU continues to be a leader in promoting a healthy and active lifestyle in Islamabad, and it is hoped that its efforts will inspire others to take up running and lead a healthy life.