Maldives International Marathon, the first international running event hosted by Maldives, concluded its first instalment, held at reclaimed suburb Hulhumale and capital Male, on Saturday.
The event drew to a close with the children's run, which saw over 800 runners taking part in the 3.2 km, 1.6 km and 800 meter 'KidSmile' events.
The 'KidSmile' runs garnered not just the loudest applause but brought cheer and laughter to the faces of parents and children alike.
An additional 23 participants took part in the Seniors Power Walk 3.2 km run
The two-day event's competitive categories saw the participation of over 1600 runners in the Marathon (42KM), Half Marathon (21KM), 10K and 5K races.
All participants who completed the run received the event medal, while those who placed in the top 3 from both gender categories received special prizes.
Marathon (Male): 1st place - Indian National Lal Bahadur Naik (03:35:05) | 2nd Place - Ahmed Athif (3:44:08) | 3rd place - Mohamed Muha (03:47:27)
Marathon (Female): 1st place - Ankita Konwar (05:11:32) | 2nd place - Zahira Mitra Zubair (05:15:39)
Half Marathon (Male): 1st place - Ahmed Nizam (01:28:56) | 2nd place - Ahmed Ghassan (01:32:28) | 3rd place - Mashan (01:33:07)
Half Marathon (Female): 1st place - Patrica Gomez (01:43:57) | 2nd place - Husna Mohamed (01:58:34) | 3rd place - Bhumika Gupta (02:04:55)
10K (Male): 1st place - Sunan Ahmed (00:42:32) | 2nd place - Aswan Ali (00:43:04) | 3rd place - Hussain Saliq (00:44:54)
10K (Female): 1st place - Mariyam Maushoodha (00:57:50) | 2nd place - Aishath Mizna (00:59:26) | 3rd place - Fathimath Hussain (00:59:58)
5K (Male): 1st place - Ahmed Shahid (00:19:30) | 2nd place - Abid Shiraj (00:19:52) | 3rd place - Ali Thohir (00:20:06)
5K (Female): 1st place - Aminath Juneez (00:22:34) | 2nd place - Aishath Ahmed (00:25:28) | 3rd place - Zulaikha Abdulla (00:25:40)
Ankita Konar, the wife to the Marathon's Ambassador Milind Soman, placed first in the category of female Marathon runner shoe-less. Advocates for running barefoot, Soman and Konwar are known to opt for specialised outsoles instead of outdoor shoes, such as during this competition, based on road condition.
Over 1600 runners across its four competitive categories - Marathon: 23 runners | Half Marathon: 100 runners | 10K: 300 runners | 5K: 1200 runners
The event endorsed by the Ministry of Tourism was held in association with local event management company 'Object' and the famous running club 'iRunners'.
To see event results and more, check out - https://runmaldives.com