Mayor of Amman, Eng. Omar AL Maani, inspected today, Friday 17th Oct. 2009, the final preparations and arrangements in the Hashemite Square, for Amman International Marathon which will kick start tomorrow, Saturday at 9:00 am, from the Sahat Al Nawafeer (fountains yard) near the headquarters of Greater Amman Municipality (GAM).
Committees' heads and senior officials of GAM briefed Al Maani on administrative, technical and logistical details, and the readiness for such an athletic event, as of its beginning until the arrival of the last racer to the Marathon's finish line. The Mayor also checked the lanes of the race stages which include 4 Km, 10 Km, and 42 Km.
He appreciated all the parties' efforts exerted to make this event a success, which deepens the daily sports dimension, encourages tourism and humanitarian work, and enhances cultural exchange between the peoples of the world.
Al Maani asked all the parties concerned to work in one team spirit to enable 12 thousand racers (116 from abroad) to run the streets of the Capital center which embraces such international race for the first time.
Al Maani was accompanied by the City Manager, Ammar Gharaibeh, Rimon Fleifel, the manager of the race, and some representatives of the Marathon organizing bodies.
In the context, His Royal Highness, Prince Firas Ibn Raad confirmed his participation in the 42Km race with the Mayor, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of His Majesty King Abdullah II's accession to the Thrown, and the centennial of GAM.
GAM finalized all arrangements, in cooperation with the governmental authorities; main roads will be closed, to reopen gradually later on after the end of every stage of the race, to ensure the safety of the participants, and to facilitate their movement.
It is worth noting that Amman International Marathon became one of the qualifying competitions for the World Cup, owing to its success in attracting some professional racers who scored the highest record (2,13 hours) over the 42 km race.
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