First Women’s Marathon Held in Karachi’s DHA

Organised by the Born2Run Pakistan, ‘Women Power Run' was the first all- women's marathon held in Karachi on the chilly Sunday morning.

‘Women Power Run’, organised by Born2Run was the first women’s marathon in Karachi. Held in the city’s DHA area, the marathon race was to take place from Ramada Creek to Savor and back. The participants included 13-year-old girls to women aged above 50.

Their trainer Sohail Sardar who was a lone-runner until three years ago before he began training men, women and children stated: “Early morning is the best time to run. It helps begin your day well and it remains that way for the entire duration of the day.”

The coach had gold plated medals and other prizes for the runners near the finish line of the women’s marathon.“I have been training runners for so long now so I decided to motivate them further in their fitness journey by holding a competitive event with medals and prizes for them. I am doing everything without any sponsors.”

A woman by the name of Shahrezad Samiuddin, who was at the first women’s marathon with her 13-year-old daughter, Dina shared, “I used to walk before but then I ran into Sardar at a park where I used to go for walks. He was there motivating people to start running and I started running with his group regularly after that.”

The coach, Sohail Sardar emphasised on the runners finishing the race regardless of how slow their speed becomes. He even gave away the first consolation prize to the girl who finished last, Areeba. “Because my job is to motivate you to run and get better and better at it. It’s my reward to see your enthusiasm and coming here and run,” he added.

The winner of the first women’s marathon was Haani Mazari, who said that she didn’t realise that she was ahead of everyone while running. “I was a little distracted and even made a wrong turn by mistake but then I was guided back to the correct course with no one before me so I assumed that maybe I was way at the end.”

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