A large number of students from 20 universities from all over the country partook in the five-kilometer marathon on The Mall.
In line with the report, the marathon started from the Governor House and terminated at the Government College University, Lahore. A large number of people as well as faculty members of the GCU hoisted along the track of the marathon to perk up the partakers who crossed the finish line near Clock Tower.
The marathon showed the commencement of the week-long first All Pakistan Summit for the Students’ Societies being held by the GCU in collaboration with the Unesco Creative Cities Network: Superior University and NGOs Bargad Organisation for Youth Development, Lahore-City of Literature through Commissioner Lahore, and Shaoor Foundation for Education and Awareness.
Moreover, GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Asghar Zaidi also took part in the marathon and was among those who finished the cross line, said: “This is the first time I have run such a long distance and the atmosphere and support of students kept me going.”
He concluded that the last stretch was the toughest but wonderful experience.
Commissioner retired Capt Muhammad Usman launched the marathon with a gunshot, remarking this to be an astonishing sporting activity for the youth of the universities across Pakistan. He desired the partakers in the competition to finish strong.
The marathon was won by Muhammad Akhtar from the University of Central Punjab. Cash prizes were awarded to the first ten winners of the race. They were Kaleem Akhtar, Ali Hadi, Aftab Haram, Sufiyan, and Osama Hassan.
The race was trailed by a splendid march past of the student societies at the GCU’s Oval Ground.
In addition to contests, theatrical festivals, debates, essay and poetry writing competitions, music concerts, and painting exhibitions, the week-long events also include negotiations between leading specialists, scholars, and students on widespread topics of modern importance to higher educational institutions.