On 16 September 2018 Astana held its annual sports event Astana Marathon-2018.
This year, the marathon brought together a large number of sports enthusiasts. More than 5,000 applications for participation were submitted, of which about 800 applications for a distance of 42 km. In addition to domestic athletes, runners from Russia, Japan, Italy, Kenya and Turkey took part in the marathon.
The international marathon has been conducted annually since 2009, and all collected funds are sent to charity support of seriously ill children.
This year, KEGOC employees participated as a single corporate team. Not only experienced sportsmen of the Company, who repeatedly performed at similar competitions participated, but also older generation, this raised the spirit of sport of the whole team. Yerbol Nurtanov, Aidyn Omarbekov, Arman Meirzhanov, Azamat Sharipov and Azamat Dokumbayev ran a 42 km marathon distance. The rest of the team ran a 10 km distance. All participants successfully covered the planned distances and were awarded with medals of the marathon participants.
Azamat Sharipov, senior specialist of Department for ERP Applications Support of EnergoInform, (42 km):
- First of all I would like to express my gratitude to colleagues for their support. Our goal was to attract more employees to participate in the marathon. Colleagues who are keen on the active life responded our call. Before the marathon our friendly team conducted joint exercises and more experienced athletes helped the newcomers. For me, it was my first full 42 km marathon. And despite the pain and cramps, I got to the finish with a good result. I am proud of our team and I hope that we will attract even more of our colleagues to the next marathon!
Aigul Baiturova, Head of Change Management Unit of Business Transformation Centre, (10 km):
- Maintaining a healthy lifestyle of employees has always been a priority of KEGOC's corporate culture. The management takes all measures to heighten interest in sports. These are all kinds of contests and sports days, own sports complex, where you can often meet our CEO who plays volleyball with co-workers. Support and personal example of the management is a powerful motivation for us. And our team took part in Astana Marathon 2018 that requirs great endurance and strength, which are the most important qualities for power engineers!
Akmaral Bayazitova, senior specialist of Department for Government Relations and Communications of KEGOC, (10 km):
- This is my third participation in Astana Marathon-2018. I wished this year that as many employees of our company as possible were involved. Together with my colleagues Azamat Sharipov, Yerlan Abushahmanov and Yerbol Nurtanov participating in the marathon every year, we made a decision to form a corporate team. As a result, a team of 17 employees was established, running both 10 km and 42 km. I liked the festive atmosphere of the marathon contributed to by the emotions of runners who reached the finish, as well as a live broadcast on the LED-screen of the GGG battle. Most importantly, we not only participated in a socially significant event, but also raised the corporate spirit of our company.
Yerbol Nurtanov, senior specialist of Operations Department of KEGOC, (42 km):
- I started running two years ago and has got used to it. I have been preparing to Astana Marathon-2018 since March 2018, and for this period at trainings have run more than 800 km. I had a small injury before this marathon, which reminded of itself at the 30th kilometre and was persistent until the finish. Fortunately, I managed to overcome the pain and heaviness in legs and finished with a good result for the first time. I will set new goals and prepare for the next runs.