10 Apr 2007

PR# 2007-290

10-Kilometre road race takes place
in Kandahar City

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – It was a great show of force; however, no military equipment or weapons were used. Hundreds of locals, young and old flocked to an assembly area just north of Kandahar City to participate in a 10-kilometre road race, April 8.

Encouraging participants at the starting line was Lieutenant Colonel Bob Chamberlain, Commander of ISAF’s Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team and Kandahar Provincial Governor Asadullah Khalid.

“This is great,” stated Lieutenant-Colonel Chamberlain as he spoke with the enthusiastic runners and passed on words of encouragement. “The fact that this race can be held in an area where there was fighting just last year is an extremely encouraging sign.”

Governor Khalid greeted participants and mingled with the crowd prior to the race. He told the crowd that the race was about choosing to live a healthy lifestyle; the race was for titled, Run for Peace and Unity.

One young runner jokingly bragged in front of his friends and other runners that he was the one to beat. Sporting well-worn shoes, shorts and a huge smile, he told of how fast he was and how he was ready to win the U.S. $1,000 first prize donated by a large Afghan wireless service provider.

He was not the only participant excited; however, race organizers were extremely pleased that 500 runners came out for yesterday’s event. While the winner of the race claimed his prize, “the real winners of the day were the people of Kandahar City,” stated Lieutenant Colonel Chamberlain.

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