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31 January 2018 05:53 am

Registration open for Qatar’s second ‘Esrar’ obstacle course race

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Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) and ‘Diverse’, a Qatari business that specialises in sports events management, opened registration for Qatar’s second annual ‘Esrar’ obstacle course race. Following the sweeping success of the first edition in 2017, this year’s event is scheduled to take place in Aspire Park on the 23rd of March 2018.

The first ‘Esrar’ competition, which means ‘determination’ in Arabic, involved more than 250 local and regional sports professional and amateur sports enthusiasts from Qatar and the region, including Kuwait and Oman.

A number of well-known sporting figures took part in the 2017 edition of the race, including Olympic medallist Mutaz Barshim, as well as prominent local media personalities such as Mohammed Saadoun Al Kuwari from BeIN Sports, Ali Al Meslemani from Al Jazeera and Sabah Al Kuwari from Al Rayyan TV.

A new aspect of the competition, a challenge race introduced for this year, is expected to attract a larger number of participants given the activity’s significant fan base in Qatar who engage in exercise by pushing themselves to overcome specially-designed obstacles.

Commenting on the return of the race, Nasser Abdullah Al Hajri, Director of PR and Communication at AZF, said: "We were encouraged to bring back the event following the huge success of the previous edition and the considerable turnout of sports enthusiasts from Qatar and abroad. Aspire Zone Foundation has an exemplary record of organising similar events including the renowned Qatar’s Strongest Man competition and other events that provide the perfect outlet for people who enjoy physical challenges and adventure sports in Qatar. This type of activity is a key part of our mission and aims to promote physical activity and sports awareness amongst members of the local community,” he added. 

“Our partnership with Diverse has been very successful and reflects our commitment to supporting young Qatari entrepreneurs. I’m sure we’ll find many more opportunities for further collaboration with them, as well as with other local entrepreneurs who have unique and innovative ideas to offer,” Al Hajri concluded.

The ‘Esrar’ obstacle course is open to sports enthusiasts, athletes and non-athletes, men and women aged 18 years and above. The race consists of 14 obstacles including the commando crawl, tyre split steps, a 6-foot wall and 8 foot wall for climbing, wall and inverted wall climbing, a balance beam, sand bang carrying, a vertical cargo net and monkey bars.

By following the race course, participants will also be able to discover Aspire Zone itself, which hosts numerous global and local sporting events throughout the year with the help of its world-class indoor halls and outdoor facilities supported with the team of high-caliber event management professionals.

More information about registration fees, terms and conditions can be found on the ‘Life in Aspire” website

Cover image courtesy of Aspire Zone Foundation