More than 200 Children with Disabilities Took Part in Fun Run Event in Bishkek

28 May 2024
taykuluk fun run
Danil Usmanov / UNICEF Kyrgyzstan

On Sunday, May 26, Bishkek hosted the Shoro Taykuluk Kids Run, the largest fun run event for children dedicated to the International Day for the Protection of Children. More than 1,500 children participated in the event, including 200 children with disabilities. The goal of the event was to promote running and sports among children and their parents as a uniting occasion available to every child. The event was organised by the public fund Tonus with support from Shoro and UNICEF.

The event was open to children aged 2 to 16 years old. They ran different distances, from 150 metres to 3 kilometres.

“This is not just another kids’ run, it's a celebration of inclusiveness, difference, and support. Hope you can feel it here! We are running together for equality for every child,” noted Samman Thapa at the start of the event.

In addition to the run, the participants also had the opportunity to play Kyrgyz traditional games and watch various performances in the ethno-town, organized by the title partner of the run - Shoro company. Guests also enjoyed a colorful show with participation of local artists, a team of magicians, animators and featuring Manas epos recital and other performances.

“We’re happy that it is turning into a big inclusive and inspiring sports event that all children can enjoy. Big thanks to all our partners who supported this largest fun run for children,” said Urmat Nasykulov, head of Tonus public foundation.

“We are very proud that for three years we, together with the Tonus Foundation and UNICEF, have been holding such a wonderful running event in which all children can take part, as well as enjoy our wonderful show in our ethno-town,” said Shoro bayke, representative of the company in his speech.

The right to play, including sports, is a fundamental right of children laid out in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Kyrgyzstan joined 30 years ago. Sport has the important power to promote children's sound growth, regardless of their age, gender, place of birth, or whether or not they have any disabilities.

participant of fun run
participant of fun run

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