The Baghdad Marathon project was born 4 years ago from an Italian Runners group that think that Sports can have an important role in building Peace and Civil Society rights for freedom.
From that moment we started to work hardly for bringing to know the project to NGO that are working in Iraq, having the opportunity for starting with a Sport Campaign that Iraqi Civil Society has welcome with a lot of enthusiasm!
So during the “Traning for Trainer” in April 2010, we decided to organize 8 race in the same time in 8 Iraqi town during the NON VIOLENCE WEEK: it was a very big success that has push to organize the 1st Iraqi International Marathon for the follow year. October the 7th there was this Marathon in Erbil with sharingof 1.500 people coming from Iraq and from all Country!
After the Marathon was born the Erbil Running Club: every Friday people meet in Sami Park for running together and we think that this is the most important success of this campaign at the moment!
Now we are working for repeat the same route in Baghdad and we hope for the constitution of an Baghdad Running Club and for realizing Baghdad Marathon in 2013 during the IRAQI SOCIAL FORUM!