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President Sisi cheers on Cairo Marathon runners, takes selfies

After visiting with mourning military academy students in Cairo, El-Sisi cheers on Cairenes in a running marathon

Marina Barsoum , Friday 17 Apr 2015
Egypt's Sisi with Cairo Runners Volunteers on Friday April 17, 2015 (Photo: Courtesy of Mayada El-Shabrawy)
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Social media users shared pictures on Friday afternoon of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and runners who participated in a half marathon in Cairo's upper middle class district of Heliopolis.

The president attended the marathon shortly after speaking to students at the military academy, who lost two comrades in a bomb attack on Wednesday, on the war against terrorism.

Twenty-three-year old Mayada El-Shabrawy, member of the NADA initiative and a volunteer for Cairo Runners, told Ahram Online that while directing runners she unexpectedly found herself surrounded by five vehicles and many bodyguards.

"I suddenly saw El-Sisi coming out from one of the cars. I couldn’t believe it to the extent I asked him 'are you for real?'"  El-Shabrawy, in a state of shock, asked the president.

She then said that he praised all the effort that the young organisers have put into the event; she added that El-Sisi kept "clapping" for each runner he saw passing in front of him.

As soon as the runners realised that the Egyptian president was attending the event they stopped the half marathon cycle to "thank him for all his efforts", said El-Shabrawy.

"During my two minutes talk with Mr Sisi I have explained to  him that our NADA initiative was created by a group of us in loving memory of one of our friends –Nada - who was killed in a road accident prompting us to try to address the growing problem of road fatalities," El-Shabrawy said.

The 59-year-old Egyptian president is known for his love sports, especially cycling. In mid-2014, days after ditching his army fatigues to run for president, millions of Egyptians were able to watch El-Sisi on TV riding his Peugeot bike on the streets in his first public outing as a civilian. 

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18-04-2015 01:57pm
bit disappointment
I was very disappointed when I visit Egypt.and I discovered that all the hype they say about the great country,is nothing at all.many of the populist are not friendly at all,many of their uneducated see out sider as cast out to the point of seing you with your wife going on the street they will start to throwing stone.I have witness it on many occasions,I wondered what kind of up bring is in this country even if you want to enter public transport the driver may dside
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