The Marathon of Afghanistan is only possible with the help of countless organisations and volunteers donating their time, money and effort. We are humbled that so many people come together to enable it to go ahead. The list below is of the core organising team.
Gul Hussein Baizada (Race Director)
Gul was the person to first think about holding a ‘marathon of Afghanistan’ and has been the race director since 2020. He has been involved in a number of tourism and adventure sports-related projects in the Bamyan area and across the country. Gul was an early supporter and organiser of the Afghan Ski Challenge. He also serves as the Secretary General of the Afghan Ski Federation.
Sajjad is an integral part of the organising team. Along with Alishah, he is a founder of the Bamyan Ski Club and organiser of the Afghan Ski Challenge. For a number of years Sajjad and Alishah have been the leading skiers in Afghanistan and race for the national team, hoping to qualify for the Winter Olympics in 2022. He works as a ski and travel guide in the Bamyan region.
Sayed Alishah Farhang
Alishah is an integral part of the organising team. Along with Sajjad, he is a founder of the Bamyan Ski Club and organiser of the Afghan Ski Challenge. For a number of years Alishah and Sajjad have been the leading skiers in Afghanistan and race for the national team, hoping to qualify for the Winter Olympics in 2022. He works as a ski and travel guide in the Bamyan region.
James is the founder of Untamed Borders, an adventure travel company providing access to some of the world’s most challenging places. Untamed Borders provide travel packages to enable international runners to take part in the event. James has guided hundreds of people in hard-to-reach locations and in 2013 was awarded a personal commendation by Dr Habiba Sarobi, Governor of Bamyan Province, for his part in bringing ski tourism to Afghanistan. James is also a board member of Free to Run.
James is a keen traveller, mountaineer, runner and adventurer. He helped establish the Marathon of Afghanistan and was Race Director from 2015 to 2019. He travelled to Afghanistan in 2010 to climb Noshaq, the highest mountain in the country. In the coming years he returned to Afghanistan to climb and travel and made many friends in the country he had grown to love. Back home he is also Race Director of one of the UK’s toughest ultramarathons, the Ring O’ Fire.