Air Astana has become the title sponsor of the
inaugural BKS Air Astana Marathon, which will be run on a course
through Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana, on 13 September 2015.
The British Kazakh Society (BKS), supported by
Air Astana, has been organizing 7-km, 10-km and 21-km events on
the streets and in the parks of Astana, Almaty and London since
This year, under the title sponsorship of
Air Astana, the race course in Astana has been extended to include
a full 42-km marathon course.
The initiative is the brainchild of BKS CEO,
Gauhar Bramley-Fenton, who, after watching a group of mixed
ability runners from Air Astana compete in a half marathon in
London in 2008, cemented the idea to bring mass participation
running events to Kazakhstan. After developing the concept over
shorter distances since then, 2015 is a landmark year with the
first full marathon length race to be run in Astana.
“Over the years, these events have grown in
stature and we are delighted to accommodate the full distance this
year. Runners will be able to choose to compete in either the 5km,
10km, half marathon (21km) or full marathon (42km) events; all
professionally marshalled on closed roads and accurately timed
with timing chip technology,” said Ms. Bramley-Fenton.
In addition to the participants from across Kazakhstan, organizers
are expecting significant interest from overseas runners. Air
Astana has direct flights between Astana and London, Paris, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Abu Dhabi, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Omsk, Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Tashkent, Bishkek, Urumchi and Beijing;
as well as connections from the rest of its network via Almaty.
Air Astana has created a number of exceptionally well-priced
inclusive packages for international runners and companions to
join the event in Astana. The packages include round trip flights,
bed and breakfast hotel accommodation at a range of hotels, race
entrance, airport and race transfers as well as pre and post-race
Ledger, Vice President Sales Worldwide at Air Astana., said, “The event gives us an enormous
opportunity to market Astana as an international destination, very
much as many cities around the world have done with other sporting
events. We hope that runners will travel from across our network
to experience Astana as an exceptional sporting venue, as well as
enjoy Air Astana’s 4* Skytrax service on board.”
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