The first Ride On! Erbil International Bike Marathon took place on 30th November, 2018 which involved hundreds of bike riders, including professional cyclists, local community members, displaced Iraqis and Syrian refugees, under the theme Unity in Diversity.
The event was organized by IOM’s in partnership with cooperation TIU and some other partners. In this event more than 250 people participated in the bike ride, including over 150 women. Emphasizing Unity in Diversity, the event invited anyone who can ride a bike, and welcomed all community members for the music and dance performances. Meanwhile 35 of our athletic and active students also attended this event and they were really about it.
The 3.2km route started from the edge of the historic Ainkawa neighborhood and ended at the world-renowned Citadel – a UNESCO world heritage site. The closing ceremony included traditional music, dance performances and speeches in Bakhi Shar park by the Citadel.
Attendees to the closing ceremony included members of the Parliament, Kurdistan High Council of Women Affairs, and representatives of minority ethno-religious and religious groups.
These kinds of sport activity add color and taste to university life, while giving them a lesson that university life is more than sitting in class and looking at white board or a smartboard. So, we are happy as TIU family happy to arrange such kinds sport activities.