Samarkand Half Marathon is an annual charity run organized by the Art and Culture Development Foundation under the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Uzbekistan jointly with the Ministry of Culture and the State Committee for Tourism Development of the Republic of Uzbekistan, as well as Khokimiyat of Samarkand region. Organizing a charity race helps to solve the problems of attracting public attention to the problem of inclusivity in cultural and art objects, promoting a healthy lifestyle and developing sports tourism in our country.
This year's organizers will focus on the opportunities of people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and the problem of access of people with special needs to cultural and art objects. The event will address issues of creating an inclusive environment for people with autism and the possibility of their integration into the social, cultural and public life of our country. The funds raised from the Samarkand Half Marathon will be used to create a children's art studio in one of the boarding schools in Uzbekistan for children with autism.
Due to the complex epidemiological situation in the world, the sports program of the Samarkand Half Marathon in 2020 will be held as a virtual race. The virtual race format will give the participants of the Half Marathon the freedom to choose the location and distance, and the results will be accepted according to the data recorded in the Strava app. The charity race will start on November 1. Nordic walking competitions have been added to the Half Marathon program, and children under 12 will run in a separate Kids' race.
Educational and cultural programs within the framework of the Samarkand Half Marathon will be held in digital format. Representatives of the charity National Autistic Society (UK) will hold online lectures for parents of children with autism, and experts from the British Museum will tell in detail about their Early Morning Explorers initiative. A series of online discussions, webinars and master classes will be organized with the support of the "Friendly environment" project (Russia). Our website will feature a film program developed in conjunction with the Beat Film Festival
For more information please visit www.samarkandhalfmarathon.uz.
Tel.: +998 71 207 40 50