Fallujah's First 5K Road Race a Great Success

This didn’t make many headlines today…
Fallujah, Iraq, once a terrorist haven, held its first fun run on Sunday.

A policeman starts a 5km (3.1 miles) road race in Falluja, 50 km (30 miles) west of Baghdad, March 9, 2008. (Reuters)


Participants run during a 5 km (3.1 miles) road race in Falluja, 50 km (30 miles) west of Baghdad, March 9, 2008. (Reuters)


Mohammed Abdul Hameed (front), the winner of the 5 km (3.1 miles) road race, approaches the finish line in Falluja, 50 km (30 miles) west of Baghdad March 9, 2008. About 200 participants took part in the run on Sunday. Picture taken March 9, 2008.
(REUTERS/Mohanned Faisal)

Hot feet…

Mohammed Abdul Hameed collapses after finishing first in a 5 km (3.1 miles) road race in Falluja, 50 km (30 miles) west of Baghdad, March 9, 2008. (Reuters)

Michael Totten wrote another exceptional report today on Al-Anbar Province and included this on Fallujah:

Fallujah is an extremely conservative city even by Arab standards. Amariyah is about as hard-core as it gets. Even so, the jihad has nearly been vanquished. If it can’t survive even here with American targets driving and walking around, it will be in serious trouble everywhere in the world, at least in the long run.

Let’s hope.

Previously:
The Ramadi Fun Run
150 Iraqi Children Compete in First Fallujah 5K Bike Race

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