Marathon on wheels:
22km from Yerevan to Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin
On October 20, 2017 the Armenian Association for the Disabled “Pyunic” together with its international partner ACCESS (Strasbourg, France) have initiated the Yerevan-Etchmiadzin Marathon with participation of persons with disabilities. The race started at 10.00 from Aram Khachatryan Concert Hall premises and took the marathon on wheels through Yerevan and suburbs to Etchmiadzin. Over a hundred Armenians with and without disabilities took off for Etchmiadzin using wheelchairs, bicycles, and their legs and feet.
The participants were greeted by the Head of EU Delegation to Armenia H.E.Ambassador Piotr Antoni Świtalski, as well as by high-ranking officials from the Ministry of Labor and Social Issues, Ministry of Youth and Sport Issues, Police of the RA, and,in the end, by a representative of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians. Representatives of 5 channels covered the event.
The Marathon brought together Armenians from all over the country. “Pyunic” and “ACCESS” invited all interested citizens to take part in the Marathon and help to raise public awareness of the many abilities and aspirations of the participants.
On the entire way to Etchmiadzin people greeted and encouraged the participants. Many were surprised to see so many people using wheelchairs or other assistive devices who had pursued such an ambitious goal. The procession was accompanied by road police cars of Yerevan and Etchmiadzin cities and an ambulance kindly provided by the Ministry of Emergency Situations.
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