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Posted On: 13 November 2018 12:25 pm
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7th edition of Torch Staircase Run draws a record of over 300 participants!

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With more than 300 contestants taking part, Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) successfully concluded the seventh edition of the Aspire Torch Staircase Run (ATSR 2018) on Saturday, 10th of November.

The event involved participants of all ages and backgrounds as well as representatives from various entities and organizations in Qatar.

Aspire Torch Staircase Run 2018

British contestant Andrew Jones was awarded first place in the male category (ages 18 – 99) reaching the top in seven minutes and two seconds while Katerina Matousova from the Czech Republic was awarded first place in the female category (ages 18 – 99) with a time of 9 minutes 11 seconds.

A corporate relay race was added to proceedings for the first time this year and proved hugely popular. This comprised teams from Aspire Zone Foundation, the General Directorate of Civil Defence from the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Civil Aviation, and Qatar Gas. The Civil Defence team secured first place reaching the 51st floor in a winning time of 8 minutes and 26 seconds.

Aspire Torch Staircase Run 2018

Commenting on this year’s event, Mr. Abdullah Al Khater, Events Manager at Aspire Zone Foundation, said: “We’re proud that Aspire Torch Staircase has proven to be a great success yet again, with all our participants demonstrating real spirit and determination. The competition is designed to appeal to people from across the community and encourage individuals to enjoy this unique event and adopt active lifestyles. Such an event is the perfect embodiment of AZF’s mission – to enhance sports performance.”

Meanwhile, AZF reserved a dedicated Fun Zone for families that offered a range of food and beverage outlets, taekwondo, Yoga and kickboxing shows and a Kids Area including fitness demonstrations and toy horse rides.

The 2018 edition of the ATSR presented sports enthusiasts with a unique endurance challenge as over 300 runners climbed more than 1,300 steps to make it to the 51st floor of the famous 300m tower.

Aspire Torch Staircase Run 2018

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