"I received my package!" thrilled and enthusiastic runners post on social media alongside photos of themselves with t-shirts in the signature yellow of Cairo’s upcoming half-marathon.
The annual half-marathon is undisputedly the jewel in Egypt’s running community’s crown, attracting thousands each year, including several local celebrities.
The fourth annual half-marathon will be held on 15 April at Maadi’s Technology Park
As usual, runners are able to select one of three options: the full 21km half marathon, the 7km half race, and the 1km family run. The runs begin at 6:30am.
The registration process starts online on the Cairo Runners official website, and tickets and kits can then be picked up at Reebok stores. The participation kit will include a t-shirt, wrist band, race number and electronic timing chip for those who participate in the 21km race.
Local rock outfit Cairokee will be entertaining the crowds at the end of the race.
"This year we expect to exceed 7,000 participants, and half of the proceeds from tickets will go towards supporting charity, particularly to the cause of providing electricity and light to poor villages in Egypt," Mai Abu-Dawoud, the media representative on behalf of Cairo Runners told Ahram Online.
Cairo Runners is the leading running group in Egypt, and was one of the earliest pioneers in encouraging Egyptians to adopt a healthier, more energetic lifestyle. They are known for their brisk early morning runs which take place in a different location each Friday.
At the beginning of the initiative, the participants were around 70, but Cairo Runners takes pride in their expansion, with the number of participants increasing with the success of each event. At present the group has over 425,000 followers on Facebook.