The international marathon will be held in Astana under the auspices of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). It will become one of the largest sporting events in the period of the world specialized exhibition EXPO 2017, the information portal Prosports.kz reports.
It is planned that about 50 professional sportsmen from each SCO member state will take part in the marathon. In total, no less than 5000 people will join the marathon. They will compete at three different distances: 42 kilometers, 10 kilometers and at a distance of 2017 meters.
Let us remind that this will be the second marathon under the auspices of the SCO. The first event was held in 2016, it was timed to the 15th anniversary of the organization. Such events, organizers believe, are a vivid example of people's striving for a healthy lifestyle, friendship and common development.
"Last year athletes from the SCO member states - Kazakhstan, China, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, showed sporting will on the track of the first ever international marathon in the history of the Shanghai International Organization which will now be held within the framework of EXPO 2017. We understand that it is a huge achievement to organize a mass race in Astana for 5000 people", - said Zhang Qin, the chairman of the Yunnan company of Shanghae culture and sports.
The Summit of the heads of SCO member states will also begin its work on the opening day of the EXPO 2017 in Astana. In addition, the SCO pavilion will demonstrate the organization's contribution to improving the environment and supporting environmental programs.
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