A mini marathon was organized in Sittway Town early in the morning on 3 January to mark the 71st anniversary of the Independence Day. A total of 400 men and 200 women took part in the race.
The mini marathon started at the Seik Yoe Kya Bridge. Participants ran through Sittway town’s watch tower, Strand road, and the offices of ministries and finished at the Danyawady sport ground. Rakhine State Chief Minister U Nyi Pu awarded cash prizes to the winners.
In the men’s mini marathon, Maung Than Tun Naing (Minbya) won the first prize of K100,000, Maung Zaw Paing (Na Ta La) took the second prize of K70,000, and Maung Myint Lin (Na Ta La) took the third prize of K50,000.
“I am happy with winning the first prize. When I competed in Minbya Town, I came in second and third,” said Maung Than Tun Naing.
In the women’s mini marathon, Ma Phyu Phyu Khine (Sittway) came first and was awarded a prize of K100,000, Ma Thuzar Khin (Na Ta La) came second and was awarded K70,000, and Ma Phyo Aye Hlaing (Na Ta La) came third and was given K50,000.
Besides the winners, Chief Minister U Nyi Pu awarded Ks10,000 each to the top ten participants.
“We had invited all the students of Rakhine State to participate in the mini marathon. A total of 600 people, including 400 men and 200 women, took part in the race. We organized the race to promote fitness and make the public aware of the health benefits of exercise,” said U Aung Min, the deputy director of the Rakhine State Sports and Physical Education Department.
Tug-of-war, Sepak Takraw, chess, and climbing-the-greasy-pole competitions were also held and prizes were awarded to winners to mark the 71st anniversary of the Independence Day.
—Maw Si / Ko Min (Translated by Hay Mar)