TIRANA - It started today for the first time, the Tirana International Marathon. About 3,000 runners, among whom 800 maratonistë come from 13 countries have joined Tirana Marathon today.
Tirana has joined various cities of the world today have their International Marathon and 21 October 2012 will remain in history as the start of the First International Marathon of Tirana. At the start of this marathon ceremony was attended by the Mayor of Tirana, Basha, Prime Minister Sali Berisha, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Youth and Sports, Aldo, known sportsmen etc.. Mayor Basha expressed enthusiasm, that dream became a reality today hundred Albanian maratonistëve.
"This is the first International Marathon in the history of our city and join us today side by side in the" Skanderbeg Square "maratonistë from Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia and the United States, Italy, Germany, France, Hungary, Poland, Turkey, Sweden, Russia, Kenya and Serbia. I want the name of the capital city, to wish all maratonistëve, come today to see the Tirana International Marathon, a welcome. Today, I am very happy that together with our partners made hundreds maratonistëve dream reality, as it is a reality the dreams and desires of thousands of citizens of Tirana. Tirana is today a city of hope. This indicates the presence among us of the London 2012 Olympic champion and world champion Rafael Wilt, whom I want to thank, which became part of the First International Marathon of Tirana "said Mayor Basha.
Mayor has considered this marathon, a sign of commitment to a modern European Tirana, where to live, work and tasted better life.
"It fills me full of joy is the fact that in the first marathon of Tirana attended by about 3,000 participants, 800 of whom are registered with the desire to challenge each other and themselves. I guess that fills me with joy, as compared with the first Marathon in Berlin, which today represents the largest in the world in 1974 was attended by only 272 people, or in New York, in 1970, only 500 people and it is proof of the desire, enthusiasm and the will of the citizens of Tirana, for the lost time, to run to higher standards in sport, art, culture, economy, therefore the highest standard in their lives. This is a clear sign of our commitment, that Tirana turn into a modern European city, where to live, work and tasted better life "- said the head of the municipality.
Prime Minister Sali Berisha considered this marathon, as one of the most important events in the history of Tirana and a gem in the crown of the 100th anniversary of Independence.
"Organizing in Tirana International Marathon is one of the most important events in the history of our capital. Organized on the 100th anniversary of Independence of Albania, comes as a real gem in the crown of this 100th anniversary. Resembles nothing more severe in 100 years of Albania and the Albanians, rather than running your day in this running tedious, tiring, but extremely important. Today, the eyes of all the citizens of Tirana and all the citizens of Albania are directed to this beautiful race, noble, to marathon runner and marathon runner of the capital, to the messengers and messenger of victory. Expressed great satisfaction that this also organized marathon in an election next year and is a white omen for all those who order today for all Albanians, "said Premier Berisha.