Two women run unofficially on the sideline of the marathon "I run Iran" pic.twitter.com/MoDcXDCQdG
— Bahar Shoghi (@baharshoghi) April 9, 2016
Despite women being banned from the competition, two women unofficially completed the first Iran marathon to be opened to international runners on Saturday, according to Bahar Shoghi of Agence France-Presse. Approximately 250 male runners competed in the “I Run Iran” Marathon, including runners from the United States, Britain, and 26 other countries, which began in Shiraz and ended in Persepolis. Local authorities forbade women to run, but that could change next year, according to race founder Sebastien Straten, who said: “There are many [Iranian] women who like to run, and we hope in the next edition we get the permission for women to run the marathon.” At least two women decided not to wait until next year, according to Bahar Shoghi, who captured a picture of one of the women running along the side of the road.
Read the full story at Running Magazine.