RUN, DOHA RUN

Qatar Today - - CITY LIFE -

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.

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