The 7EmiratesRun concluded its 575km charity run across the seven emirates on the UAE’s National Day yesterday, raising more than Dhs1 million for the Al Jalila Foundation.
The UAE’s only cross-country charity run, which commenced in Abu Dhabi on 21 November, drew support from fellow runners, parents, children and students, raising 10 times more money than last year.
The Dh1m raised will go to Al Jalila Foundation’s A’awen fund, which helps patients in the UAE with critical health conditions who cannot afford medical treatment.
Last year, Dubai-based runners traversed the seven emirates to raise funds so Mohammed Ayoub, a Sharjah toddler suffering from limb deformities, could get back on his feet. A total of Dhs100,000 was raised to fund his surgeries and post-operative care. Today, he walks with prosthetic support.
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Ayoub and his parents joined the 7EmiratesRun team yesterday at the start line of the last leg from Sharjah to Dubai, in which more than 55 runners participated.
“We congratulate the 7EmiratesRun team on the great success this year’s run has achieved,” Dr Abdulkareem Sultan Al Olama, CEO of Al Jalila Foundation, said.
“The level of support from communities and donors across the country was beyond expectation. The money raised for our A’awen fund will be fully dedicated to supporting children with walking disabilities, for a chance to live better and more productive lives.
We thank all the sponsors and supporting organisations, donors, volunteers and the 7EmiratesRun team for a unique event celebrating health and philanthropy.”
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Wendelin Lauxen, race director and managing director of DHCC-based German Limbtech, said: “We ran further than the distance between Paris and London, we traversed desert, mountains, passed camels and dhows and we finished!
“Luckily for us, we have chosen to live in a very beautiful country with a diverse landscape and this epic run is a tribute to the land we each call home.”
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The Dubai Desert Triathlon returns for its second edition, giving competitors the chance to experience the sport in a unique way.
As part of the National Day Celebrations, the event will combine the traditional disciplines of the sport in running and cycling with an endurance horse ride instead of a swim.
The Dubai Desert Triathlon will take place on Friday, December 5 at the Dubai International Endurance City and is expected to draw a large field from across the region and world.
In the inaugural event earlier this year in April, more than 120 teams and 400 athletes took part in the first-of-it’s-kind triathlon. His Highness Sheikh Nasser Bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, president of the Bahrain National Olympic Committee, claimed the event’s men’s division in 02:15:56, while Maha Khalid of Morocco won the women’s division.
The Dubai Sports Council is hoping to build on the initial success and continue growing the initiative going forward.
“The Dubai Desert Triathlon is a unique and innovative concept, and the hundreds of participants in the first edition were thrilled with their experience of taking part in such an exciting event,” said Nasser Al Rahmah, director of the sports events department at Dubai Sports Council.
“Our goal is to develop the Dubai Desert Triathlon into a permanent fixture on the Dubai sporting landscape.
“The success of the first event has led to a huge amount of interest in this new sport, and we look forward to staging another world-class event.”
The triathlon will include a 5km desert trail run, followed by a 50km cycle on the Dubai Cycling Course and a 40km horse ride on a looped track.
Athletes can enter to participate in at least two of the disciplines or all three as an individual triathlete or as a member of a team. Organisers will connect competitors who would like to take part as a team but do not have one with other entrants of similar abilities.
The fastest team and the fastest triathlete who competes in all three disciplines in both the male and female categories will earn prizes for first, second and third place Registration is open and entrants can sign-up at www.dubaideserttriathlon.com. Places are limited and applications are taken on a first come, first served basis.
See if you have what it takes to come out on top and conquer a unique variation of the sport at the Dubai Desert Triathlon.
What: Dubai Desert Triathlon
Where: Dubai International Endurance City
When: Friday, December 5, starting at 04:00
Contact: Visit www.dubaideserttriathlon.com to register and for more information.