Riyadh, KSA (Web Deks): Saudi Arabia hosted its first Women Marathon at the weekend, Saudi media reported.

The event came after Riyadh hosted its first international half-marathon in late February, which prompted complaints from some Saudis on social media about the notable absence of women .

The event was held amid the efforts the conservative kingdom seeks to boost female sports in a far-reaching modernization drive.

According to details, Hundreds of women runners, many of them dressed in traditional Islamicdress code, raced in eastern Al-Ahsa region on Saturday.

Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya News quoted the marathon´s supervisor, Malek al-Mousa, as saying, "The aim of the marathon is to promote running and introduce the concept of sports for all, for a healthier way of life."

The sources reported that Sports authorities are set to organise another marathon for women in the holy city of Mecca on April 6, pro-government Okaz newspaper reported.