If you think Islamabad is a boring city, you might want to rethink!

The capital city just hosted the inaugural ‘Islamabad Night Run’ this weekend, which was attended by a record number of runners. The running community collaborated with the Capital Development Authority and ICT to organise the festival.

The race route was the famous Constitution Avenue, passing through the city’s landmarks, including the Parliament, Prime Minister Secretariat, D-Chowk, Presidency, Supreme Court, and Foreign Office.


The premier event was attended by more than 700 runners and their families. And featuring a variety of food stalls, the event also included a musical program.

So, who won what?

Muhammad Riaz secured first place with a time of 16 minutes and 11 seconds in the 5-kilometre race, followed by Shahbaz and Umar Zaman, respectively.

With a record number of female runners in the 5-kilometre category, Rabeela Farooq took the lead with a time of 23 minutes and 25 seconds, while Anga Myrtziet and Khadeeja came second and third, respectively.

In the 10-kilometre category, Akhtar Haji was the fastest male runner with a time of 31 minutes and 10 seconds, whereas Waqar Ahmed was the runner-up and Mubariz Bukhari came in third place.

Among females, Emily grabbed the top slot with a time of 54 minutes, Katherine Nett secured second place, and Aisha Mastoor was third.

The race also featured an RFID system, a tracking system for runners similar to those used in international races.

Runners and their families appreciated the organisation of the Islamabad Night Run and congratulated the organisers on adding another event to the calendar for runners in Islamabad.