Telecommunications giant Dhiraagu, on Tuesday, announced that the annual Dhiraagu Road Race would be held in the reclaimed suburb of Hulhumale' on September 20.
The 13th instalment of the annual event will consist of a 5-kilometre and 10-kilometre run.
As a safety measure, Dhiraagu set age limits for the two events; children who turn seven years old on or before September 1 are allowed participate in the 5-kilometer run while participants in the 10-kilometer race are required to be 16 years of age by the same date.
Dhiraagu will reveal runners' registration dates and additional details shortly.
The telecom company has finalized the protection of children's rights as the theme for 2019. Organizations or NGO's advocating for children's rights can register to participate in the event between June 16-20.
Dhiraagu will publicize the list of registered organizations on the road race website upon conclusion of the deadline. Participating runners will subsequently be allowed dedicate their race to either one of the registered organizations. Dhiraagu will award a prize of MVR 200,000 among the five most popular children's rights organizations.
The Dhiraagu Road Race aims to promote healthy lifestyles, strengthening family relationships and creating new friendships.
Incepted in 2007, the Dhiraagu Road Race is the largest and only internationally accredited long-distance run held in Maldives. Although the event was hosted in Hulhumale' since 2016, previous instalments of the race took place in the capital city of Male'.
The road race attracted a total of 4000 runners within a 48-hour time frame in 2018 which represented the most enthusiastic public response to a race in Maldives. In 2016, a total of 3000 slots were filled in three days.