Turkey on Friday commemorated the centenary of the arrival of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey, in the capital Ankara.
The commemoration events started at Anitkabir, the mausoleum of Ataturk, with the attendance of top officials. Ankara Governor Vasip Sahin laid a wreath on Ataturk’s tomb.
As part of the ceremonies, a run along 11 kilometers (6.8 miles) started in Ankara’s Dikmen neighborhood, where Ataturk first stepped in Ankara.
Attending the traditional Ataturk Garrison Run, civilians, Turkish soldiers of various ranks and military students are running to reach the Ankara Train Station in the city