DUSHANBE, May 12, 2015, Asia-Plus -- An official source at the Committee for Youth, Sports and Tourism Affairs under the Government of Tajikistan says a National Race Day will be held in Tajikistan on May 17.

In Dushanbe, the race route will begin at the traffic police checkpoint “Chorbogh” in Varzob district and ends at the Navrouzgoh Complex (Dushanbe’s hippodrome.  Therefore, this route will be closed for traffic from 8:00 am to 10:00 am.

The National Race Day is expected to start simultaneously in all cities and district centers across the country.

In Dushanbe, sports veterans, disabled people, students, entrepreneurs as well as representatives of diplomatic missions and international organizations active in the country are expected to take part in the race.

This year, the race participants will compete in three distances – three, five and ten kilometers, the source said.

The National Race Day has been held in Tajikistan since 1996.  In 2008, more than 100,000 people in all regions of the country took part in this event.