Persian Gulf Marathon

3rd I run Iran | 42K | 21K | 10K

KISH island | Friday 1st March 2019

Event program Shiraz 2016 | 4 days

The first edition of I run Iran was held in Shiraz from 7-10th of April 2016.

During this 4 days event participants where introduced to Persian food and culture.

بنى‌آدم اعضای یک پیکرند Adam's sons are body limbs, to say;
که در آفرینش ز یک گوهرند For they're created of the same clay
چو عضوى به درد آورَد روزگار Should one organ be troubled by pain,
 دگر عضوها را نمانَد قرار  Others would suffer severe strain.
تو کز محنت دیگران بی‌غمی Thou, careless of people's suffering,
نشاید که نامت نهند آدمی Deserve not the name, "human being".

Saadi Shirazi, 13th century poet

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope some day you'll join us
And the world will live as one

John Lennon, 20th century song writer


Thursday 7th of April – Welcome to Shiraz

  • Arrival at Shiraz international airport
  • Hotel check-in (from 13.00)
  • Walk around Shiraz
  • 14.00-17.00 Collecting start number at Grand Shiraz Hotel
  • Hotel overnight

Friday 8th of April – Persian Culture day

nasir al-mulk mosque shiraz

  • Breakfast
  • 11.00-14.00 Collecting start number at Grand Shiraz hotel
  • 14.30 Gathering at Hafez park
  • 15.00 -18.00 Shiraz city walk with local English speaking guide
  • 19.00 Persian dinner party with traditional live music at Grand Shiraz hotel
  • Hotel overnight

Saturday 9th of April – Marathon day

  • (Light) breakfastlogo I run Iran
  • 6.00 - 6.30 AM Meeting at Grand Shiraz Hotel
  • Transfer to the start
  • 8 AM Start 1st International Iran Marathon at Necropolis
  • Halfway at Persepolis
  • Finish at Zoroastrian Cube (Naqshe rostam)
  • Medal ceremony
  • Persepolis excursion
  • Transfer back to hotel
  • Hammam at the hotel
  • Hotel overnight

Najerestan ShirazSunday 10th of April – Persian Picnic

  • Breakfast
  • Check-out hotel (before 12.00)
  • 12.00 meeting at the mausoleum of poet Sa'adi
  • 12.30-14.30 Picnik with poetry  at Delgosha parc
  • Optional Iran city tour (see below program)

Tour program Iran | 7 days

Esfahan city tour

PasargadSunday 10th of April 2016 | Shiraz - Esfahan

  • VIP bus transfer to Esfahan
  • Excursion at Pasargad, royal tomb of Cyrus the Great
  • Arrival in the magical city of Esfahan
  • Overnight in Esfahan hotel

Monday 11th of April 2016 | Esfahan nesfe-e jahan*

  • wall painting 40 column

    Iranian breakfast

  • City excursion with guide of Esfahan highlights; 40 column palace, Blue mosque and Naqshe jahan
  • Overnight in Esfahan hotel

Tuesday 12th of April | 17th century Esfahan

  • Iranian breakfast
  • Free walk around, for example the Bazaar or 33 Pol bridge
  • Overnight in Esfahan hotel

traditional house Kashan

Wednesday 13th of April 2016| Esfahan - Kashan

  • Iranian breakfast
  • VIP bus transfer to Kashan
  • Arrival in ancient desert city of Kashan
  • City tour with guide to Fin Persian garden and Hammam Khan bath house
  • Overnight in Qamsar guesthouse

Hammam teahouseThursday 14th of April 2016 | Kashan ancient traditions

  • Traditional breakfast
  • Free morning walk around Kashan
  • VIP bus transfer to Tehran
  • Overnight in Tehran hotel

Friday 15th of April 2016 | Tehran metropolis

  • Pol-e Tabiat

    Iranian breakfast

  • City excursion with Tehran highlights
  • Farewell dinner with traditional music
  • Overnight in Tehran hotel

Saturday 16th of April 2016 | We'll meet again!

  • Iranian breakfast
  • Transfer to Tehran airport (IKA or Mehrabad)
  • Goodbye to Iran and the Iranians

*meaning 'half of the world', common expression to describe Esfahan