Around 200 runners, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, took part in an 8km run in Nicosia’s old town on Saturday for International Peace Day 2023.

Funded by the European Union, the run was organised by the UNDP in collaboration with the UN in Cyprus under the auspices of the Technical Committee for Cultural Heritage, with the bi-communal running team Runite.

“The runners crossed the streets of Nicosia to show their common commitment to world peace. Starting from Ledra Palace, the participants crossed the centre of Nicosia passing by well-known landmarks such as Eleftheria Square, Ledras Street, Buyuk Khan and Ledra Palace,” the UNDP said in a statement.

At the finish line which was again at Ledra Palace, a festive atmosphere carried on.

Each participant received a commemorative T-shirt and medal for their participation and contribution to promoting peace and understanding through sport.

Stefan Simosas, Head of Cooperation of the European Commission’s Cyprus Resolution Process Support Service, highlighted the positive role of sport in promoting tolerance and trust, underlining the EU’s commitment to support such initiatives that bring the two communities together.

“The Road Race for the International Day of Peace exemplifies the power of cooperation and the ability of sport to transcend borders by uniting the people of Cyprus,” said the head of UNDP Cyprus, Jakhongir Khaydarov.