The Central Bamyan province of Afghanistan hosted the second International Marathon attended by scores of athletes from the country as well as outside of Afghanistan.
The provincial governor Mohammad Tahir Zahir distributed the medals for the winners of the second International Marathon. Zahir hailed the International Association of Freerunners, Afghanistan Marathon, Directorate of Information and Culture and Rah Abrisham tourist company for successfully organizing the second International Marathon in the center of Bamyan province. The competition was organized in two phases covering a distance of 10 kilometer and 42 kilometer with the athletes participating from different provinces of the country. The foreign athletes from US, England, Canada, Australia, Germany, Holland, and Finland were also among more than 300 participants of the second International Marathon. Athletes from Afghanistan, United Kingdom, and United States secured the first, second, and third positions with Hussain from Bamyan securing the first place, Charlie from UK securing the second place, and a US athlete securing the third place in 42 kilometer free run. More than 120 female athletes from Balkh, Kabul, Daikundi and Bamyan provinces participated in the competition with the Finland Ambassador accompanying the female athletes in the competition.