The popular Dubai Women’s Run returns for its seventh straight year in Dubai with more than 10,000 women expected to participate this year.
Organised by the UAE Athletics Federation under the patronage of Shaikh Ahmad Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the UAE National Olympic Committee, the race will feature a 5km and 10km race for those who take part.
The 2017 instalment will include Kenyan long-distance track and road runner, Tegla Loroupe, who will be one of the elite athletes competing in this year’s run.
Speaking at the press conference at Al Habtoor City Tuesday, UAE Athletics Federation President Ahmed Al Kamali said: “Dubai Women’s Run is taking an important stand this year to uphold the Nation’s agenda to put women empowerment at the forefront in addition to encouraging women to prioritize health and fitness.”
Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of the Dubai Sports Council (DSC) who was also present on the occasion added: “Over the years, Dubai Women’s Run has grown to become a popular event not just in the UAE but across the region.
“The event embodies the council’s goal to create a distinctive sports community to popularize the culture of exercise, physical activities and sports among women and to establish a solid foundation amongst professionals and amateurs.”
Prominent favourite for the 5km title is UAE athlete and three-time Dubai Women’s Run winner Betlhem Desalegn who will return to action after more than a year out due to injury.
She said: “It will be my first time back. I’ve won this race three times and I’m excited to be here. I’m so happy to represent my country.”
“I always want to win… I hope to run faster than I did before and I’m hoping to see my PB here.”
This year’s run will start off from Marasi Business Bay on November 17.
Britain’s Mo Farah announced he will compete in the 2018 London Marathon after winning the Great North Run for a record-breaking fourth successive year on Sunday.
It will be Farah’s third London Marathon after he took part in the event in 2013 and 2014.
“I can’t wait to start a new adventure racing on the roads in 2018, starting with the world’s greatest marathon,” he said.
“The London Marathon is my home race and it is so special to me. The previous times I have taken part were amazing.”
Just hours earlier, Farah, a four-time Olympic champion, saw off a determined challenge from New Zealand’s Jake Robertson in the closing stages of the Great North Run to finish in a time of one hour and six seconds.
The 34-year-old is the first athlete to win the Great North Run four times in a row.
He is now level in terms of most victories with Kenya’s Benson Masya, who was champion four times in the 1990s.
Farah, who last month finished his glittering track career with a thrilling 5,000m victory at the Diamond League final in Zurich, produced his trademark ‘Mobot’ celebration in Newcastle as he crossed the line.
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Robertson was six seconds back in second place, with Ethiopia’s Feyisa Lilesa coming third.
Farah told the BBC after his season-concluding race: “That was really, really tough. I’m sore everywhere – I’ve never been this sore!
“With four miles to go I was just hanging on, gritting my teeth.
“As we got closer, I managed to believe in myself and dig, and I was thinking ‘if I can just sit on him (Robertson), at the end I can sprint’.
“I’m so pleased with how the season has gone. I’ll go on a little holiday with the missus and then come back fresh.
“I’m looking forward to sticky toffee pudding and apple pie!”
Farah won the 10,000m at the World Championships in London in August, his sixth world gold, before losing his 5,000m crown to Ethiopia’s Muktar Edris.
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