A grand unified marathon event was organized by Special Olympics Pakistan with support of DHA Karachi in which people of all ages, genders and abilities participated with great zeal and enthusiasm. The starting point of the unified marathon was DHA Sports Club (Moin Khan Academy) which presented a scene of activity and gaiety.
Special Olympics Pakistan which is transforming and empowering lives of people with Intellectual Disabilities, held the exciting event with great fanfare. The event was also meant to highlight the significance of Kashmir Day in a healthy manner with reference to the worst type of brutalities and atrocities unleashed by the Indian forces on Kashmirees raising their voice for freedom/right of self determination in the held Kashmir. Around 800 athletes with intellectual disabilities (ID) alongwith 2200 people without ID attended the event, running side by side. The race categories of the event included 800 M Children’s Dash, 5 Km fun Run, 10 Km Competitive Race and Half Marathon. The aim of the event was to create awareness about people with disabilities and to open up venues for inclusion by making people run together despite differences.
The entire marathon route was decorated with colourful banners, standees and steamers inscribed with different slogans. DHA provided security and traffic control en-route in addition to provision of logistics and administrative support to make the event a success. People chose to either walk, run or complete the event on wheel chair demonstrating extra-ordinary perseverance and courage which was encouraging.
Administrator DHA Brig Shahid Hassan Ali said that DHA accords utmost priority to ‘Service to the Humanity’ as its community oriented mission. He reiterated that DHA will wholeheartedly support and promote initiatives meant for the wellbeing and betterment of society as its social corporate responsibility. Chairperson Special Olympic Pakistan, Ms Ronak Lakhani said that the unified marathon helped in giving renewed confidence and self assurance to the people with ID through the power of sports. She added that the event gave the special people a renewed experience of courage, honour and joy in life.