Gulf Bank thanks par­tic­i­pants, part­ners for suc­cess­ful ‘Gulf Bank 642 Marathon’

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

KUWAIT: Gulf Bank hails the suc­cess of the in­au­gu­ral Gulf Bank 642 Marathon, the first ac­cred­ited in­ter­na­tional marathon road race ever to be held in Kuwait. The Bank also con­grat­u­lates the win­ner in each race cat­e­gory, and ex­tends its ap­pre­ci­a­tion to those who par­tic­i­pated and vol­un­teered to make the event a suc­cess.

Along with our part­ner, Pro-Vi­sion Sports Man­age­ment, we are happy to of­fi­cially an­nounce the win­ners (male and fe­male) and their tim­ings for each of the five race cat­e­gories as:

• Full Marathon (42KM): Yeha El­sayed (2:47:06) and Hannah Glendin­ning (3:47:17)

• Half Marathon (21KM): Maali Babikir (1:13:45) and Sa­man­tha He­garty (1:43:13)

• Souq Run for reg­u­lar run­ners (10KM): Fawaz Farhan (0:34:43) and Re­nata Hop­pova (0:43:49)

• Fam­ily Fun Run for be­gin­ners (5KM): Naif Rabea Sha­lan (0:19:27) and Irene Gib­son (0:24:31)

• Spe­cial Run for spe­cial needs (5KM): Faraj Sul­tan

The race, which was held on Satur­day, 14 Novem­ber, wel­comed 2,400 par­tic­i­pants from 74 coun­tries, and the par­tic­i­pants were 64 % male and 36 % fe­male. There were sev­eral teams of walk­ers and run­ners, from var­i­ous or­ga­ni­za­tions and back­grounds. The route was along the Gulf Road and took in many of Kuwait’s fa­mous lo­cal land­marks, in­clud­ing Seif Palace, Kuwait Tow­ers, the Na­tional Li­brary, the new Cen­tral Bank of Kuwait build­ing, Souq Mubarakiya, and the

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Gulf Bank head­quar­ters of­fice.

The Bank was pleased that three of the race cat­e­gories were ac­cred­ited by the As­so­ci­a­tion of In­ter­na­tional Marathons and Dis­tance Races (AIMS) and the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tions (IAAF Ath­let­ics). AIMS is a mem­ber based or­ga­ni­za­tion of more than 380 of the world’s lead­ing dis­tance races from over 100 coun­tries. IAAF Ath­let­ics is the world gov­ern­ing body for the sport of track and field ath­let­ics. Once a course is AIMS cer­ti­fied, only then is IAAF able to rec­og­nize any world records which might take place on the course. Three cat­e­gories (10 KM, 21 KM, and 42KM dis­tances) of the Gulf Bank 642 Marathon were AIMS cer­ti­fied. Th­ese races now ap­pear in the in­ter­na­tional cal­en­dar of races and serve as qual­i­fy­ing races for other events. The Gulf Bank 642 Marathon is the only full road race marathon to be held in Kuwait and is called 642 in ref­er­ence to the num­ber of mus­cles in the hu­man body.

Gulf Bank spon­sored the race to raise aware­ness about the im­por­tance of a healthy life­style and to en­cour­age peo­ple in

The start of the race.

Kuwait to in­clude reg­u­lar ex­er­cise and phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity as part of their daily life. The marathon has held on World Diabetes Day (WDD) to help raise aware­ness of the grow­ing prob­lem of diabetes in Kuwait, and how ex­er­cise and fit­ness can play an im­por­tant role in com­bat­ing this ma­jor health is­sue.

In the lead up to the event, the Bank and its part­ners held a so­cial me­dia com­pe­ti­tion where peo­ple shared their fit­ness jour­ney in prepa­ra­tion for the Gulf Bank 642 Marathon. Two win­ners were se­lected and their prizes in­cluded a per­son­al­ized health and fit­ness

Al Fru­san in the cock­pit.

trans­for­ma­tion pro­gram which in­cluded: 4 nu­tri­tional con­sul­ta­tions by Das­man Diabetes In­sti­tute; 16 per­sonal train­ing ses­sions by Cir­cuit + Gym; food sup­ply by Quest; culi­nary classes and food sup­ply by Saveco; and full train­ing gear from Ex­treme Sports.

On race day, all our part­ners were also on site for the event in the Souq Sharq pav­il­ion area, where there were many other ven­dors and ac­tiv­i­ties. We look for­ward to wel­com­ing ev­ery­one to the Gulf Bank 642 Marathon in 2016!

Bri­etling Wing Walk­ers - Al Ain Air Cham­pi­onship.

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