Riyadh: Riyadh hosted its first international half-marathon on Saturday to boost sports and entertainment in the country. The prize money for the top runner was one million riyals ($267,000). The contest named ‘Riyadh Marathon’ started at the city’s King Saud University and ended at the same venue.People came out enthusiastically came out to watch this first ever marathon in the city.
Hundreds of male runners raced in three categories — 21, eight and four kilometres — in a contest and a 79-Year old saudi named Khalaf al-Balawi partcipated in the contest. Later Saudi sports authority chief Turki al-Sheikh tweeted his pictures on the twitter.
Ethiopian runner Tamira Mola finished first, taking home the one million riyal cash prize.
The kingdom’s General Entertainment Authority on Thursday announced it will stage more than 5,000 festivals and concerts in 2018, double the number of last year, and pump $64 billion in the sector over the coming decade. Riyadh hosted the kingdom’s first-ever jazz festival on Friday, showcasing bands from Beirut and New Orleans.