Ooredoo Marathon To Feature World Class Athletes and First-Time Runners, as People Run Together for Health.
Ooredoo today announced that 3,250 participants have registered to take part in the Ooredoo Marathon 2015 – more than double the number of runners in last year’s event – which will take place on Friday, 9 January 2015.
It was announced today that this year’s marathon will begin at 6:40am from Katara and will take full marathon runners along the Corniche to the Museum of Islamic Art Park in Doha and back again twice, in a two-lap course.
As well as the increase in competitors, Ooredoo will host some of the world’s top professional marathon runners for the first time this year. The professionals, which include Ethiopia’s Ruit Aga Sora and Kenya’s George Kipruto Sirma, will run alongside competitors as they train for the marathon season and aim to win part of a prize purse worth QR 1,000,000.
Fatima Sultan Al Kuwari, Director of Community & Public Relations, Ooredoo, said: “We are very excited to be hosting the best and largest Ooredoo Marathon to date, with a fully revamped route and a host of exciting activities for spectators and supporters. There are races for runners of all levels of ability, so we hope that everyone gets the most out of this exciting event.
“I would like to thank all our sponsors, who have made an important contribution to ensuring that this event reaches out to the whole community,” she added.
The Ooredoo Marathon 2015 is sponsored by Qatar Airways, Hamad Medical Corporation Kulluna, Sports Corner, Reach out to Asia, Katara and Baraem TV.
Ali Abdullah Al Khater, Executive Director, Corporate Communications, Hamad Medical Corporation, said: "Hamad Medical Corporation is proud to be associated with the Ooredoo Marathon 2015, which continues to grow in popularity each year. We are pleased that Qatar’s major corporate entities like Ooredoo are committed to spreading the message of the importance of a living healthy and active lifestyle to our community and engage more people with sport. We wish all the participants the best of luck in the event.
" Maryam Al Beshri, Director, Events, Marketing and Fundraising, Reach Out To Asia, said: “ROTA is always pleased to collaborate with partners committed to community empowerment and social inclusion - especially through education and sport. Such activities add a deeper dimension to the long-term relationships between ROTA and our partners in the community. ROTA congratulates Ooredoo for hosting this successful marathon for the third consecutive year, supporting ROTA’s mission to provide access to education to those who do not have it. We look forward to future collaboration, encourage all to take part, and wish the runners luck!
" Wael Al Maghraby, Retail Operations Manager, Sports Corner, said: “As the leading sports retailer in Qatar, Sports Corner is committed to developing the skills and potential of our customers by engaging them through regular sports activities and events that will challenge them to enhance their fitness skills and lead a better lifestyle. We strive to continuously raise the benchmark for more innovative ways to increase awareness and push everyone to engage in sports as a lifestyle. Further to our commitment to encourage a better lifestyle through the sport, Sports Corner is proud sponsor of the Ooredoo Marathon 2015.
” To ensure the safety of all runners and spectators, the Corniche road, as well as several areas of downtown Doha will be closed from 6.30am – 12.00pm.
Ooredoo have already begun setting up water stalls and venues for a fun-filled day for visitors and competitors alike.
Marathon spectators are requested to stand by the Corniche walkway at the Museum of Islamic Art or at the many checkpoints lining the Corniche and Katara. People interested in watching the race can visit http://marathon.ooredoo.qa/en# and click on the ‘map’ to see the full marathon course.
Ooredoo started the Ooredoo Marathon in 2013 as a way to bring people together and encourage Qatar’s community to live healthier lifestyles. Now in its third year, the Ooredoo Marathon features four courses for runners of all abilities, including a full marathon, half- marathon, 10km, 5km and two special children’s 1km and 3km fun run. In 2014, more than 1,500 people participated with teams from businesses, universities, schools and athletics clubs taking part.
While the run is open to all, prizes are awarded to the best runners in a range of categories, based on age and gender.
Funds raised by entry fees to the Ooredoo Marathon will be donated to support Reach Out To Asia projects in Qatar and Asia.
The event which is organised and sponsored by Ooredoo, is part of the company’s ongoing sports campaign which aims to encourage more people to get involved in sports and inspire Qatar’s future sporting champions.
Ooredoo are making sure the Ooredoo Marathon is as safe and prepared as possible and will help provide runners with water and any necessary minor first aid during the race.
For more information visit, http http://marathon.ooredoo.qa/#slide-home.
Ooredoo is Qatar’s leading communications company, delivering mobile, fixed, broadband internet and corporate managed services tailored to the needs of consumers and businesses. As a community-focused company, Ooredoo is guided by its vision of enriching people’s lives and its belief that it can stimulate human growth by leveraging communications to help people achieve their full potential.
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