The Erbil Marathon is an international sport event that aims to nurture peace and nonviolence in Iraq, and to demonstrate to the world that there is a strong community of civil society leaders in Iraq that is committed to dialogue and harmony.
The first Erbil International Marathon was held in 2011. Over the years, it has become one of Kurdistan’s most popular sporting events. Over 4,000 runners took part in the eighth Erbil International Marathon in 2019. The event features a full 42-kilometer marathon, as well as two shorter routes, at 10 kilometers and 5 kilometers.