Karachi:- The morning of 25th December saw the metropolis gather at the Urban Forest, Clifton, to run for a cleaner and greener city with the Karachi Green Marathon.
The city’s first environmental awareness initiative by Momina & Duraid Foundation in collaboration with the Karachi Municipal Corporation, the Karachi Green Marathon, brought Karachiites out in large numbers to participate in the 5 kilometers and 10 kilometers categories of the race.
The top five contestants in both the male and female 10 kilometers category of the marathon were awarded cash prizes.
Aimed at promoting a clean and green city and healthy lifestyle, the Karachi Green Marathon is a valiant effort in portraying a positive image of the town by mobilizing the citizens to make Karachi a cleaner, healthier and greener place to live.
With the Karachi Green Marathon, the city witnessed a revival of sports activities and the first of its kind plantation drive where each runner planted a tree for a healthier and greener Karachi.
Ali Sohail and Farah were declared the winner in the 10 kilometers category.
The kickoff of the Karachi Green Marathon turned into an exciting environmental awareness event for the citizens of Karachi. The Karachi Green Marathon had the Administrator of Karachi, MurtazaWahab, President HUM Network Sultana Siddiqui, CEO HUM Network Duraid Qureshi, Chairperson Special Olympics Ronak Lakhani, OwaisMangalwala, SohailSardar, Afia Salam, JuvairiaAbbasi, Shahwar Ali Khan, and students from several schools in attendance.
Ali Sohail was declared the winner in the 10 kilometers category for males at the Karachi Green Marathon. In contrast, Akhtar Ali, M. Sajad, Ikram, and Waqas secured the second, third, fourth, and fifth positions. On the other hand, Farah Mehwish took the first position in the 10 kilometers category for females at the Karachi Green Marathon. In contrast, RabiaAashiq, Sehrish, Nimra, and Sarah Muneer took the following positions. IsrarKhattak secured the winner position in the 5 kilometers category for males. Rabia took the winning title, whereas Erum, Maria, Iqra, and Maria took the consecutive classes in the 5 kilometers category for females at the Karachi Green Marathon. The top five contestants in both male and female 10 kilometers category of the marathon were awarded cash prizes of PKR 75,000/-, PKR 50,000/-, PKR 35,000/-, PKR 20,000/-, and PKR 10,000/- respectively. Conversely, the top five contestants in both the male and female 5 kilometers marathon category were rewarded with PKR 50,000/-, PKR 35,000/-, PKR 20,000/-, PKR 10,000/-, and PKR 5,000/- respectively.
Speaking on occasion, ZerlinaDuraid, the force behind the Karachi Green Marathon, commented, “We think this initiative can be the start of many more to come. Every participant is making a difference in this run, and together we are working towards a clean and green Karachi. This is the start for a healthy Karachi.”
“This Green Marathon will further communicate Karachi’s identity while positively benefitting the environment. It’s inspiring to see that this event is bringing us together as a community, all for a good cause”, said Mishal Junaid, the initiator of the Karachi Green Marathon.
The Karachi Green Marathon initiative by the Momina&Duraid Foundation and KMC aims to create awareness and motivate the general public of the metropolitan at an individual and community level to keep the city clean and green and practice a healthy lifestyle.