Egypt to host Cairo Marathon Friday to mark capital's anniversary

Ahram Online , Thursday 13 Jul 2023

Cairo governorate is set to organize its "largest sports event", the Cairo Marathon, on Friday morning to celebrate the city’s national day, which marks 1,054 years since Cairo's foundation stone was laid.

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File Photo: File Photo: Hundreds come out to celebrate the Orange Bike Day, Organised by the Netherlands Embassy in Cairo. Nlembassyegypt

 

Celebrated on 6 July every year, Cairo National Day marks the day on which General Jawhar Al-Siqilli, a 10th-century Muslim military leader, laid in 969 AD the foundation stone of Cairo, whose official emblem is the Al-Azhar Mosque, a minaret and platform of Islam in the Islamic world.

The marathon will include running, racing with bicycles, and motorcycles. 

According to the governorate’s statement this week, the marathon will start from Yasser Rizk Axis (in Mokkatam ) and continue through Taha Hussein Bridge (in Fustat area), to finish at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC)

“We chose this route to encourage youth to engage in sports and introduce them to one of the major achievements made by the state in record time, to facilitate vehicle movement, reduce time and fuel consumption, and improve air quality," Cairo Governor Khaled Abdel-Aal said.

It also aims to introduce them to the Taha Hussein Bridge, which is a unique engineering work in the field of bridge construction as it was built in only nine months of continuous work, the governor said.

From 2014 to 2021, 756 new bridges were constructed in Egypt at a total cost of EGP 105 billion.

In 2020, 156 bridges and tunnels were built and inaugurated, among them 26 bridges in east Cairo.

Egypt has been keen on holding such events to highlight the importance of sports and encourage more people to cycle in Cairo and Giza. 

In late May, Egypt’s Ministry of Youth and Sports held a mega bicycle marathon in the New Administrative Capital (NAC) in celebration of World Bicycles Day.

 

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