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Posted On: 6 November 2018 02:52 pm
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Hundreds of sports enthusiasts rush to register for the seventh edition of Aspire Torch Staircase Run

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Registration places are filling up fast for the seventh annual Aspire Torch Staircase Run (ATSR 2018) scheduled to take place on the 10th November 2018, from 1:00pm-6:00pm, at The Torch hotel in Doha’s Aspire Zone.

Sponsored by Saleh Al Hamad Al Mana Co. Nissan and De Boer, the 2018 edition of the ATSR will offer sports enthusiasts a fantastic and unique endurance challenge, with runners having to climb more than 1,300 steps to make it to the 51st floor of the famous 300m tower. Top three who finish the race in the shortest time will receive some great prizes as well as be able to take in the spectacular views of Aspire Zone and Doha.

Registration for this year’s race is open for participants eight years of age and older and will feature four categories in different age groups. The first category to compete will be the Junior (8-11 years), followed by the U-15 (12-14 years), followed by the U-18 (15-17 years), and finally by the Senior (18+ years).

In addition, ten employees from Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) have teamed up to take part in ATSR 2018 competition and will compete together with corporate teams from General Directorate of Civil Defence, Qatargas, Qatar Petroleum, and Qatar Civil Aviation Authority.

Alanoud Almesnad, a member of the tournament’s organising committee, said: “I’m thrilled to say that over 200 participants have already registered for the Aspire Torch Staircase Run 2018. The unified overarching goal of all our activities and events at Aspire Zone Foundation is to encourage all members of the community to adopt a healthy lifestyle and partake in activities like the Torch Staircase Run, which contributes towards having a healthy and active community. This event gets bigger and better every year and we’re all very excited to see what this year’s winning time and what the final number of participants will be.”

Almesnad added: “The Aspire Torch Staircase Run offers something for everyone, whether participating in the event itself or just coming to cheer on a friend member or family who’s taken up the 1,300-stair challenge. Aspire Zone Foundation hosts hundreds of sporting events for the local communities in Qatar each year but the Torch Staircase Run is definitely one of our most unique and one of the most fun. Good luck to all the participants.”

This year AZF will allocate a dedicated area for all family members to enjoy the 2018 edition of the event. The ATSR 2018 Fun Zone will comprise of food and beverage outlets, taekwondo and kickboxing shows, fitness demonstrations, and toy horse rides for children.

Previous editions of the run generated unprecedented success on par with international tower-running competitions, including Empire State Building Run-Up in New York, USA, and Berlin Sky Tower in Germany. Over the past editions, ATSR attracted more than 900 participants from both local and expat communities alongside other tower runners from all over the world. In 2015, ATSR was awarded an official Grand Prix status as one of the top international tower running competitions. Interested community members can visit to register and find out more information about taking part in the run.

Cover image courtesy of Aspire Zone Foundation