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The Lahore Marathon
is an annual road marathon
held in Lahore
. The main event is the traditional 42.195 km marathon
race. Other races in the marathon include a 10 km race, 5 km "Family Fun Run", and 3 km races for people with physical and visual impairment. The marathon is preceded by a gala dinner for international athletes, foreign dignitaries, government and corporate leaders. Approximately 26,000 people participated in the Lahore Marathon in total in 2007, making it one of the major marathons of the world.
The inaugural marathon took place on January 30, 2005
, with over 60 elite runners participating in a field of 17,500. Tseko Mpolokeng of South Africa
was the first winner of the competition, with a time of 2:16:57. The first Pakistani to cross the finish line was Mohammad Aslam. Jane Kariuki of Kenya
was the first winner of the women's division.
The second running of the marathon took place on January 29, 2006. The 2007 edition took place on January 14, 2007.<!-- Deleted image removed: 250px|right|thumb| -->
The 42 km traditional marathon is a closed circuit which begins and ends at the gates of Gaddafi Stadium
Runners begin by crossing the Ferozepur Road bridge and pass the historic districts of Ichhra
before reaching Chauburji
. The course passes the Data Durbar Complex
and approaches the half way stage,......