Marathon of Afghanistan 2016

The second edition of the Marathon of Afghanistan was a huge success! Being the country’s only mixed gender sporting event it’s a positive step forward for the women in Afghanistan, plus a great opportunity for cultural exchange.

The top three men and women in the 10km event were all from Afghanistan and the winner of the main marathon was Hussein Faizi from Afghanistan who finished in 3 hours 58 minutes. Followed closely behind was Charlie Lewis from the UK who came in at 4 hours and 14 minutes. If you’d like to read a story about Charlie, who is also an amputee, then you can do so by clicking here.

The Marathon also saw Zainab attending again this year. Last year she was the only Afghan female to take part in the marathon and this year she’s continued leading the way as a role model for her country. If you’re interested to hear more about Zainab then please have a read of the Guardian’s article (and check out their short video piece too).

Lastly, the Marathon also raised US$6125 this year. It’s still possible to make donations by clicking here.