Disabled Marathon Runners Commemorate Independence

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–On the Republic Square in Yerevan Monday–handicaped and disabled Armenia’s finished the Gumri-Yerevan super-marathon on the occasion of the 7th anniversary of Armenia’s independence and the 10th anniversary of the Spitak earthquake. Participants from Yerevan–Gumri–Etchmiadzin and Spitak ran the marathon that was staged under the motto "Society for Every Child." The runners were accompanied by a group which included Minister of Social Security Gagik Yeganian.

Five disabled athletes kicked off the marathon in the central square in Giumri. Another one joined them halfway.

The participants in the marathon were welcomed in Yerevan in the Republic Square–where the Armenian prime minister’s wife Armine Darbinian congratulated them and awarded memorial medals and 100,000 drams to each of them. In turn–the participants in the marathon wished everybody peace and good health.

Minister Yegonian said that the 120-kilometer marathon was very difficult and the participants in the marathon made heroic efforts. During the marathon–its participants were joking and laughing and–as the minister stressed–proved that "if there is will–there’s a way."

The marathon was organized by the Ministry of Social Security–"Amasiatsi" benevolent organization–"Pyunik" organization for disabled–with the sponsorship of the "Eurostan Uyut" travel company.

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