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Posted On: 10 January 2015 02:28 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 01:52 pm

Ooredoo Marathon is “Bigger, Faster and Better”

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This year’s Ooredoo Marathon saw thousands of people run through Doha, with more than 3,000 people taking part on the day.

Ooredoo organised a series of races for runners of varying levels of ability, including a full marathon, half-marathon, 10km, 5km runs in addition to two special children’s 1km and 3km fun runs. Hundreds of people lined the streets of Doha to cheer on the runners, and urge them to the finish line. The route took people from Katara up to the Museum of Islamic Art Park.

As always, the Ooredoo Marathon saw participants with a diverse range of ages, nationalities and backgrounds, with a number of professional sportspeople running alongside those taking part in their first-ever marathon. All funds raised from the marathon will be donated to Reach Out To Asia, for their work in Qatar and across Asia.

This year’s Marathon winner in the men’s category was Roba Chubeta, who recorded a finishing time of two hours, 22 minutes and 18 seconds, while Sally Kimaiyo came first in the women’s category, with a time of two hours, 41 minutes and 26 seconds.

Fatima Sultan Al Kuwari, Director of Public and Community Relations at Ooredoo, said: “We wanted to make this year’s marathon bigger, faster and better, and all the feedback suggests that we have succeeded. We’ve seen more participants and more support across Doha, and we’re confident that this year’s event will raise more money for charity than ever before.”

Coming first in the half–marathon was Yitayal Zerihun in the men’s category, and Ababel Brihane in the women’s. Alex Kibet came first in the men’s 10km race, with Ruit Sora coming first in the women’s category.

Hundreds of children took part in the 3km and 1km fun runs, and they were joined by Ooredoo’s lovable mascots, the Alrabaa, who cheered the kids on as they ran. Fayez Al Fakih and Ellie Walters came first in the boys’ and girls’ 3km, respectively, while Christopher Whelan and Emma Thompson came first in the 1km.

In all, it was an excellent day out for the whole family, and demonstrated Ooredoo’s strong commitment to community health and fitness.

The winners were presented with prizes by Fatima Sultan Al Kuwari in a special ceremony at the end of the race.

The Ooredoo Marathon 2015 is sponsored by Qatar Airways, Hamad Medical Corporation Kulluna, Sports Corner, Reach out to Asia, Katara and Baraem TV.

Ooredoo launched the Ooredoo Marathon in 2013, and continues to support it as an annual event to promote health and fitness in Qatar. Support for the marathon is part of a wider strategy that involves grassroots sponsorship and community engagement, designed to encourage more people to get involved in sport.