RUN, DOHA RUN
Doha united in support of the environment as 5,000 residents took part in the record-breaking edition of Doha Bank’s Al Dana Green Run.
The 11th edition of the community run saw participants joining in the race to compete in 10 individual categories that were spread across different age groups and skill levels: from professional runners and participants with special needs to individuals below 18 years of age and heavyweights, among other race categories. While many of the participants were first-timers and looked eager to try out their agility on the track, some of the runners have been regulars at the Al Dana Green Run every year and had put in weeks of practice before the big day. The “Male – 18-35” category attracted the highest number of participants with over 1,500 runners while 983 runners participated in the “Male – Over 35” category and young males and females below the age of 18 comprised a group of 774 participants. Among the many who joined the event this year were 880 families including Doha Akkawi and her three children. She commented, “We are thrilled to be here and enjoying this fabulous day with the members of the local community to promote a green and healthy lifestyle for everyone and, above all, our kids.” “Qatar's focus on environmental conservation and eco-friendly development – which constitutes one of the four pillars of National Vision 2030 – has helped to instil renewed environmental consciousness among its people. Meanwhile, the rapid emergence of the country as a global sports destination has led to greater public awareness about fitness and the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle. The Al Dana Green Run combines these two national priorities – which align with Doha Bank's own CSR goals - to provide a platform for residents across all age groups to contribute to a better tomorrow while having fun doing it,” said Dr R Seetharaman, CEO of Doha Bank.