CISM Day Run - 18 February 2013
2012 - 623,177 participants
2013 – new challenge for this year
ABOUT CISM DAY RUN
With the express purpose of marking the presence of CISM worldwide, the year 2006 saw the birth of CISM Day Run. The event aims at promoting the practice of sports in the military context, bringing together all community of Sports, which includes Sports Federations, Olympic Committees, and other International Institutions in contact with the Armed Forces and Ministries of Defense.
Since the first edition, in 2006, this special day is held every year on 18 February worldwide. In 1948 the French squadron leader Henri Debrus, together with militaries of France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg and Denmark, founded in Nice, France, the “Conseil International du Sport Militaire” with the ideal of promoting peace through sport between the Armed Forces.
Nowadays, the CISM Day Run is the most important event created to celebrate the anniversary of the Council and remind the date of its establishment.
Totally integrated in CISM solidarity principles, this event also intends to contribute to world peace and already became a tradition between CISM-family worldwide. Up to now, 83 member countries have already held at least once the CISM Day Run.
The event includes short or long distance jogging, walking or skiing. The purpose is to disseminate the CISM motto, “Friendship through Sport”, among the millions of soldiers of our 133 member nations, gathering for one day, under the sport and flag peace, the brothers in arms of the whole world. Regardless of physical fitness, sports abilities, social conditions, ranks, gender or age; everybody together, shoulder-to-shoulder, engaged in the principle of sport for all and with one goal only: the world peace.
29 countries returned a offical report and 8 countries answered our inquiry of organization of a CISM Day Run event in 2012 totalizing some 623,177 members of their Armed Forces having participated in multiple events marking the CISM presence in the world. This methodology of count has been followed since 2006, its first year of run. Unfortunately, we did not get to achieve the number of 750,000, participants as was proposed last year. In 2012, Colombia joined the list of our CISM member nations having organized a CISM Day Run. It raised up to 83 the total number of countries which have organized at least one CISM Day Run since the launching of the project in 2006. All hats off for the delegations of Finland, Luxembourg and Pakistan which have organized every year a CISM Day Run event in their countries. Unfortunately, Latvia, which was part of this group, could not organize the event in 2012.
For the next year, we would like to invite and to estimulate the Armed Forces of the countries that have not organized the event yet to adhere to this project and promote, in their respective countries, sports events to commemorate the CISM Day Run, preferably with media coverage (photos and films), reinforcing the role of sports to the peace movement. To the delegations that had already organized, we would like to ask, please to keep the enthusiasm, performing this extraordinary event again. The CISM General Secretariat staff is confident that even more countries and people will take part in our next edition. In this sense, we are eagerly awaiting and we hope every member nation to come to join us to celebrate together the 65th anniversary of CISM in 2013. Our expectation is to increase the number of participants in order to reach 750.000 military and civilian personnel running for peace in 2013.
REPORTS, PICTURES AND VIDEOS
We would like to remind you the importance to provide the CISM HQ with a report of activity as well as with all photos or video material about your CISM Day Run events. This will help us to update our database and to publish superb pictures in our magazines and website too. In order to facilitate the communication with the General Secretariat, a new template of the annual report has been created as well as a special certificate for 2013. You may find above these two documents. The template must be filled in and sent to the CISM General Secretariat no later than one month after your event. The certificate can be downloaded, multiplied, signed and handed to all participants from your country, as a symbol for their contribution to world peace. For any question or information, don’t hesitate to contact the CISM Day Run Project Officer at the CISM HQ, Lt Laercio BARBOSA (BRA) either by phone +32 2 647 68 52 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
CISM Day Run 2013 in Brazil
In Brazil, the weekend closest to February 18 occurred shortly after the carnival holiday. So the Organizing Committee of the event chose the date of February 24 due to logistical preparation of the event.
On that weekend thousand people celebrated the 7th edition of this event. Military and civilians together, children and senior citizens, men and women spent the sunny Sunday morning stating their support for peace. In the total 17,200 people took part this event on the all Brazilian territory.
That was very pleasant time with families walking together with military troops; there was water distribution and snacks.
The event in Brasilia, counted on the participation of poor children assisted by the Brasilia Marines Corps and elders with t-shirts and banners with CISM logos.
CISM Day Run 2013 in Peru
As every year, the Peru organized “CISM Day Run” race commemorating another year of creation of the International Military Sports Council (CISM), in which military and civilian personnel participated with a total of approximately 600 people: 200 of the Air Force, 150 Army, 150 Navy and 100 civilians.
The race was held at the Las Palmas Air Force Base located in the district of Santiago de Surco with a distance of 8 kilometers and was led by FEDEMILPE authorities.
At the end of the race, the President of the FEDEMILPE hand certificates of participation.
CISM Day Run 2013 in Greece
City of Athens and Trikala celebrated the CISM Day Run 2013
On March 1st 2013 and 10th, more than 300 people celebrated the 65th CISM Anniversary by running in the Capital City of Greece, Athens and in Trikala (Central Greece/Perfecture THESSALIA), during the “CISM Day Run”, under the leadership of Lt.General (Air Force) TSANTIRAKIS Antonios, Chief of the Hellenic Air Force, Brigadier General MPIKOS Dimitrios (Army), NCO School Commander and the Chief of Greek Delegation, Commander Spyridon Andriopoulos and his staff.
Civilian and military together, men and women wearing athletic (Armed Forces) T-shirts spent the sunny Friday (1st March) morning and also Sunday (10th) stating their support for peace.
The Hellenic Armed Forces celebrated the founding of CISM by the conduct of the Hellenic Armed Forces and Military Academies Cross Country Race Championship on Friday, 1st March 2013, and Sunday 10th March, dedicated to the Day Run 2013.
The mentioned event has been successfully and constituted by the following Championships and categories:
- 3 km Veterans/Hellenic Air Force - 59th Cross Country Championships;
- 3 km for cadets "Women"/Armed Forces Academies' Championship;
- 6 km for cadets "Men"/Armed Forces Academies' Championship;
- 3 km for Officers and NCO women/Armed Forces & Security Corps Staffs Championship;
- 6 km with the participation of Officers, NCO and soldiers men/Armed Forces & Security Corps Staffs Championship.
The Day Run celebration, conducted at the Hellenic Air Forces Academy's Sports Complex in Athens - Tatoi with the participation of 269 competitors (212 Men and 57 women) and also at the Official Hellenic Cross Country Field in Trikala with the participation of 73 competitors (46 men and 27 women). It is worth noting that the route is the official route used by the Greek Athletics Federation for all organized official competitions, like Greek and Balkan Championship Cross Country Championships. Total Participation Number: 342 athletes.
CISM Day Run 2013 in Estonia
On February 15, hundreds of Estonian military personnel took part in an international non-competitive military sports event Day Run.
This event promotes the principle of ‘sport for all’ as everyone is welcome to take participate in it.
The CISM Day Run was held in Estonia for the fifth time and more than400 military personnel, officers and soldiers and civilians took part in it.
As already last year, geographically the Estonian Defence Forces were involved as a whole - sports events were held in units in the south, east and north.
Traditionally, the participants were allowed to choose how they cover the distance: by walking, running or skiing. The distance covered this year was almost 4000 km.
CISM Day Run 2013 in Suriname
The CISM Day Run 2013 in Suriname was organized by the Sports Unit of the National Leger.
This event was held on February 15th, for celebrate the 65th anniversary of CISM.
The aim was to promote the CISM motto “Friendship through Sport” and contribute to the world peace.
For this running, attended about 700 participants between men and women from Armed Forces, Fire Brigade, Military Police, Jail Guard and some civilian employees of the National Leger.
Our Brazilian Colleagues and some of the CISM Suriname Board Members also participated in this event.
It started at 08:00 a.m. with about 20 minutes of Aerobic Gymnastics Session in the barracks (Membre Buku Cazerne), for warming up, and then, after this, 05 kilometers running through the streets of Paramaribo.
The Military Police supported the activity making the security of the route.
There were water posts during the route and after the race was served fruits, milk products and water.
CISM Day Run 2013 in Barbados
On Sunday, 17 March, 2013, The Barbados Defence Force took to the road to celebrate the CISM Day Run. This will be the fourth year that the BDF has participated in this worldwide event since the inception of the CISM Day Run in 2006. It was decided to stage the CISM Day Run after the General Elections which were held in the country during the month of February.
The run, which begun at the Barbados Coast Guard Headquarters, Pelican, Spring Garden Highway, consisted of Barbados Coast Guard – 52 officers and other ranks; Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme – 21; Barbados Regiment 110 officers and other ranks; the Barbados Cadet Corps- 49 officers and cadets; Barbados Youth Service – 6;and 2 civilians, totalizing 240 participants.
The runners ran in cadence singing clapping and encouraging each other in great camaraderie through the capital city of Bridgetown, passing by the historic Parliament Buildings; said to be one of the oldest parliaments in the western hemisphere.
On arrival at the finish point, St. Ann’s Fort, the Garrison, St. Michael, home of the Barbados Regiment and the Barbados Defence Force Headquarters, the PTI’s led a cool down session followed by closing remarks by the Commanding Officer of the Barbados Regiment, Lt Col Glyne Grannum. CISM certificates of participation were distributed by Commanding Officer of the Barbados Coast Guard Lt Cdr Neville Springer and Maj. Michael Jackman, 2IC of the Barbados Regiment.
CISM Day Run 2013 in Morocco
On 18th February 2013, as part of the commemoration of the 65th anniversary of the International Military Sports Council (CISM), and in pursuance of the High Instructions His Majesty the King, Supreme Chief and Chief of General Staff of the Royal Armed Forces at the Place d’Armes held the "CISM Day Run'' - with the ideal "Sport for all". 67.520 military of all ranks, representing 22 Garrisons (Rabat-Salé, Casablanca; Errachidia Ouarzazate, Safi, Ben Slimane, Benimellal, Kenitra, Fes, Meknes, Al Hoceima, Taza, Oujda, Tanger, Larache, Nador, Tetouan, Marrakech, Bouarfa Figuig, Missour, El Hajeb) participated in this event.
CISM Day Run 2013 in The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
This important CISM event was attended by 2,500 soldiers and civilians of the athletic federation of The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
All participants were happy to get a certificate that had the features CISM and 65 years of CISM.
At this event there were representatives from Montenegro and other civilian institutions.
The overall protocol was organized formally; the CISM anthem and flag were used, upon arrival of the authority who opened the opening ceremony.
This day is very important for all units in the Army, so despite the central celebration of the best organized in 12 cities of the same events in order to promote the sport that cherishes CISM as an important segment for the creation of peace, but at the same time to the health of members. In celebration of the International Day Military sports, members of the MoD and the Army once again showed that strengthening physical fitness and sports spirit are essential factors not only for a healthy life, but also for the successful execution of all tasks. With the development of military sports represented in multiple disciplines, ARM provides a major contribution to the development of sports and sports culture in the country.
CISM Day Run 2013 in Latvia
On the 18th February 2013, soldiers and few civilians in total number of 1130 persons from 22 Regular forces and National Guard units from whole country participated in the CISM Day Run.
Participating in various length runs and skiing routes, soldiers covered a distance that reached of almost 4000 Km.
The most number – 507 soldiers of Land forces (4 battalions) ran in the city of Adazi.
204 soldiers of Riga Garrison (9 military units) ran in Riga.
135 soldiers ran in west part of Latvia in Liepaja (4 military units).
150 soldiers from NCO Scholl ran in Cesis.
50 soldiers and civilians ran in Tukums (Logistic command unit).
54 soldiers from Infantry School (2 military units) ran in Aluksne.
19 soldiers ran in Preili (2 logistic battalions) even chief of city council took part.
11 soldiers from National Guard Logistic battalion in Kuldiga took part.
Participating in the CISM Day Run already for the sixth time, this year Latvian soldiers have a record set a record both in terms of the number of participants and the length of the distance covered.
The commander of National Armed Forces of Lativa Lieutenant General Raimonds Graube, who himself covered the 4.7 km-long skiing distance, emphasized: “The event has two major tasks. The first is that we jointed the international initiative and idea – to associate oneself with peace. However, lifting of one’s own sports spirit is most essential.”
The mass run took place with reference to the invitation of the
International Military Sport Council to mark the anniversary of the establishment of the Association with the project “CISM Friendship through Sport Day Run”.
Taking into account the climate conditions in Nordic countries, including Latvia, a mass run is usually replaced with a skiing route. This winter weather conditions almost in the entire territory of Latvia were appropriate for running, therefore 932 participants focused in particular on this type of sports activity.
CISM Day Run 2013 in Sri Lanka
The CISM Day Run was organized by the Defence Services Sports Board Sri Lanka for the second time. This time Sri Lanka Navy took over the responsibilities of Defence Services Sports Board under the supervision of President of Defence Services Sports Board Vice Admiral Jayanath Colombage, RSP, VSV, USP, rcds, psc.
CISM Day Run was held at 06.00 hrs on 17th February 2013 in front of Colombo Lighthouse. Three hundred tri-service personnel headed by respective commanders participated in the mega event which was flagged off in front of the Colombo Lighthouse. The run covered a distance of 4 kilometers and all competitors received certificates which were presented by the tri-service commanders on completion of the run.
The event was conducted under the aegis of Brussels – based International Military Sports Council (Counseil International du Sport Militaire – CISM) with the aim of promoting the practice of sports in the military context.
Totally integrated in CISM solidarity principles, the event also helps disseminate the CISM motto, “Friendship through Sport”, among the millions of soldiers of the 133 CISM family.
CISM Day Run 2013 in Lebanon
Sponsored by General Jean KAHWAGI, Lebanese Armed Forces Commander, the Military Sport High Center, organized the "CISM Day Run 2013", on 17th February 2013.
The event began with the Lebanese anthem followed by the CISM anthem and a 5 km race.
On that day, about 800 runners: civilian and military personnel ran together to celebrate the 65th CISM Anniversary by walking or running on the Lebanese territory.
Brig. Gen. Assad El HACHEM - Chief of the Lebanese Delegation to CISM - representing the Gen. Kahwagi gave the start signal of the race on the Col. Milad Al Naddaf Barrack (Navy Seals).
The start line was on Col. Milad Al Naddaf Barrack (Navy Seals) in Amchit and the finish line was at the public garden in Jbeil.
The participants ran together under only one voice: Peace, "Friendship throught Sport".
These runners were from the Lebanese Armed Forces, Interior Security Forces, General Customs Directorate, General Security, State Security, UNIFIL, 18 units (Rokbatt, Malbatt, Indobatt, Autcon...), from many universities, schools, from the Lebanese Red Cross, Amchit & Jbeil Municipality and also from the clubs of the Lebanese Federation of Athletics and of the Lebanese Olympic Committee.
The categories were divided as follows:
- Military Category – male (medals and cup + certificate).
- UNIFIL Category – male (medals and cup + certificate).
- UNIFIL Category – female (medals and cup + certificate).
- Civilian Category – male 16-19 yrs (medals and cup + certificate).
- Civilian Category – female 16-19 yrs (medals and cup + certificate).
- Civilian Category – male 20-39 yrs (medals and cup + certificate).
- Civilian Category – female 20-39 yrs (medals and cup + certificate).
- Civilian Category – male 40 yrs and above (medals and cup + certificate).
- Civilian Category – female 40 yrs and above (medals and cup + certificate).
At the end of the race, B.General El Hachem adorned the winners in each category with medals and cup, and all participants took commemorative medals, certificate and bags with juice, cake, fruits and water.
CISM Day Run 2013 in Portugal
“Friendship through sport” Run in Air Force Military Training Center divulges CISM motto
On the 18th February 2013, the 6th edition in Portugal of the CISM Day Run took place, in order to commemorate the 65th anniversary of CISM.
The Air Force Military Training Center welcomed the 6th edition of this run. More than 200 participants, of the three branches of the Armed Forces and Police joined for this event and gave a fraternal meeting to the CISM Day Run in Portugal. All the participants were wearing red, yellow e or green t-shirts, which gave a colourful note to this event. After the run a lunch was held for all participants.
CISM Day Run 2013 in Slovenia
Slovenian troops joined the motto CISM “Friendship through sport” and organized the “CISM Day Run”, which was held on 18.2.2013, CISM founding day, with a 3 km long run and of recreational character.
We ran in all army barracks where our units are based in Slovenia. The most of our troops ran during morning practice between 9.00 and 10.00 hours. Because we had a snowy weather, some troops ran in the end of their working day.
The main organizer of the run was the Army Barracks in Ljubljana, where we have honoured the CISM interests. The event was organized with the rising CISM flag.
Members of the Slovenian Armed Forces participated in the running event in the following city barracks: Ljubljana, Vrhnika, Maribor, Celje, Kranj, Novo Mesto, Slovenska Bistrica, Cerklje ob Krki, Murska Sobota, Postojna, Vipava, Pivka, Sentvid, Bohinjska Bela, Pokljuka, Ajsevica, Ankaran and even in Afganistan.
In Farah, where there are members of the Slovenian Armed Forces on a mission, in their spare time they organized a cross country, which was attended also by members from other countries.
In total 2,364 participants, members from the 20 units of the Slovenian Armed Forces ran on the date of the CISM establishment.
CISM Day Run 2013 in Finland
Personnel Division of the Finnish Defence Command (J1) officially advised military branches and garrisons to arrange the CISM Day Run event all over Finland on or close to the 18h February 2013.
Events were mostly performed by skiing due to the winter conditions in Finland. Other forms of activity were for example Nordic walking, snow shoe walking and orienteering
We did not collect detailed statistics about number of the participants. However, we estimate that at least 2000 soldiers, conscripts and civilians took part in CISM Day Run activities in more than 10 different garrisons around Finland.
CISM Day Run 2013 in Albania
Albania celebrates the CISM Day Run 2013 - On February 18th 2013, the Albanian Armed Forces celebrated the 65th CISM anniversary bringing people together in different military units during the “CISM Day Run” promoting the CISM motto “Friendship through sport” and contributing to the World Peace.
The major event took place in Land Forces Command where 500 soldiers, NCO-s, officers and civilians, man and woman were gathered to celebrate this day. The activity started by hoisting the CISM flag and playing the CISM anthem. A presentation to CISM and its history was made by the Chief of Albanian Delegation to CISM. The Albanian Army Chief of Defence, Major General Xhemal GJUNKSHI, and Unit Commanders were also present at the opening and closing ceremonies.
The ceremony was followed by an 8 km cross-country run. The event was closed by handing over the medals to the winners and giving the CISM Day Run certificate to all participants in this event.
Other activities were organized in other military units in the cities of Tirana, Durres, Berat, Vlora and Shkodra. The approximate number of participants in all events was 1800.
CISM Day Run 2013 in Bulgaria
Celebration at Graf Ignatievo Air Base -On February 18th, 2013 over 400 people and military personnel attended the event “Friendship through Sport” at Air Base Graf Ignatievo to celebrate the 65th Anniversary of CISM.
All attendants took a part in a mini marathon with a distance of 3 km.
Even the weather was supporting the festive mood of the event and we enjoyed the winter sun.
CISM Day Run 2013 in Mauritania
On 18th February 2013, Mauritania celebrated the 65th anniversary of the CISM, organizing for the 6th consecutive year, a 6 km run, which was attended by 5000 participants from all garrisons of the country.
Certificates of participation were distributed to all participants. Medals, cups and envelopes were distributed to the first three placed in each category.
We hope that the number of participants will increase even more in the next years. “Friendship through sport”.
CISM Day Run 2013 in Belgium
On February 18th 2013, the Belgian Armed Forces celebrated the 65th CISM Anniversary, bringing people together during the “CISM Day Run” promoting the CISM motto “Friendship through sport” and contributing to the World Peace.
The event took place in the Belgian defense Sport centre in Brussels where 1,360 soldiers, NCO-s, officers and civilians, man and women were gathered to celebrate this day. The activity started by hoisting the CISM flag in front of all the runners. The introduction was followed by a 6/10 km cross-country run in the park of Tervuren in front of the Africa museum.
CISM Day Run 2013 in Pakistan
Since the introduction of CISM Day Run to mark the anniversary of CISM, Pakistan has conducted this event regularly and with professional dedication. This year the event was conducted in the foothills of country’s fascinating capital, Islamabad. All ranks from three Services of the country, including some senior officers took part in Mini Marathon Race and displayed solidarity with the CISM. More than 500 people attended the event in Pakistan. The event was inaugurated by a three star General of Pakistan Army hosted by Pakistan Service Sports Control Board. Pictures of the event are also enclosed for an appropriate coverage in your concerned magazine / publication.. Assuring you of our best possible cooperation under the banner of CISM Motto “Friendship Through Sports”
CISM Day Run 2013 in Algeria
On 18th February 2013, the Algerian Delegation to CISM successfully celebrated the “CISM Day Run”. This major sporting event attracted more than 405,000 runners, including 390.000 soldiers from military commands of the Algerian Armed Forces and, also, 15,000 civilian employees of the AF. The main ceremony of the day was chaired by General Dr. MEGUEDAD Benziane, CISM President for Africa, who also oversaw “CISM Day Run – 2013” as a whole. This was an unprecedented day of interest to military personnel of all ages, ranks, grades and gender because it took place under the best conditions of organization and development, through the mobilization of human resources and material necessary for the success of this important military event worldwide. Note also that this day was highly publicized, reflecting the interest granted by broadcast spoken and written media (military, public and private) to the military sport activities, in order to raise the knowledge about CISM and develop its public visibility in our country, which enjoys a high reputation among the National Sports Movement and the Algerian people. Finally, the awards ceremonies were held under the chairmanship of the military commanders throughout Algeria, with the granting of medals and diplomas from CISM.