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Posted On: 28 January 2009 02:48 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:09 pm

Women’s mini-marathon on Feb 28

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Qatar is set to witness its first-ever women’s mini-marathon next month. Standard Chartered Bank (StanChart) is sponsoring the event, being organised by Woman Today, the first working women’s magazine in Qatar. Slated to be held on February 28 at 10.30am at the Aspire Zone, and with the theme ‘Run for Fun, Run for Health’, the marathon is aimed at promoting serious exercise with fun. Ravi Raman, Vice President of Oryx Advertising, said more than a thousand women are expected to join the 4.2km race, which is open to women of any age residing in Qatar. Women who want to join may register online at or through SMS and should come two hours before the start of the marathon for a warm-up session, advised Raman. “Maintaining a healthy work-life balance has always been a key priority for the management and staff at Standard Chartered Bank,” said Tom Aaker, Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank. He mentioned the various health initiatives taken by the bank, such as ‘Well Being Week’ and the ‘Greatest Race on Earth’, which is held in several countries. “We are taking diversity and inclusion very seriously, especially in terms of gender and nationality,” said Aaker. He said currently 43 percent of StanChart’s employees are women. He added that the 32 different nationalities employed in the bank, 28 percent of whom are Qataris, reaffirm the bank’s commitment to striking a good balance in the opportunities given to the very diverse population of Qatar. “Though the marathon is for women, men and children are also invited to watch and cheer the participants,” said Raman, adding each participant will get a certificate and t-shirt. “Attractive prizes, medals and gifts will be awarded to the top three finishers,” he said.