Mass children's race for 1,700 participants held in Kyrgyzstan
BISHKEK, 21 May 2023 - Ahead of International Children's Day - 1 June – Bishkek hosted the massive "Shoro Tay Kūlūk Kids Run" children's run, with more than 1,700 children aged 2 to 16 years participating. The children's race took place on 21 May at the Old Square.
The purpose of the race was to introduce children to sports, at the same time promoting healthy lifestyles, and supporting the inclusion of children with disabilities in society. Around 80 children with various disabilities took part in the race.
During the race, participants were divided into age categories and distances, children aged 2-5 years run 300 metres; children aged 6-8 years – 500 metres; children aged 9-12 years old – 1 kilometre; and children aged 13-16 old – 3 kilometres. To ensure the safety of the participants, an ambulance was on duty at the venue.
“We share the vision of building an inclusive world, and therefore we call for running together and for equality for every child. We believe that on this run, dedicated to International Children's Day, all children felt their importance and were able to experience the feeling of a real champion!” stated Tonus Public Fund, the organizers of the race.
“Sport is a powerful means to engage all children in activities for personal and social development and to help them achieve their full potential. Moreover, to engage in play and participate in recreational activities is a universal child’s right. However, there can be social barriers to the participation of all children. This is why UNICEF is calling on all partners, both public and private, to create a more inclusive society in which everyone can have a place,” said Christine Jaulmes, UNICEF Representative in Kyrgyzstan.
On the day of the race, 21 May, the Old Square was set up with all amenities for the participants and guests. And also, from early morning, a colourful show programme was organized, with performances by dancers and famous performers. On the day of the race, the children were entertained by animators dressed as superheroes and, at the end, all the children and their accompanying guests were provided with treats and drinks from the partners. All the participants were awarded with medals.
Last year, this race was held in the Yntymak-1 park and 1,000 children of various ages and levels of physical fitness participated.
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