Big cheers for par­tic­i­pants in women’s races in Jed­dah

More than 350 take part in three events

Arab News - - SAUDI ARABIA -

1. 4km group, chil­dren from 8 to 13

2. 8km group, teenagers from 14 to 17 3. 20km group, women be­tween 18 and 60

Win­ner of the chil­dren’s group race, Lara Al-Sag­gaf, 12, who was awarded a PlayS­ta­tion3, told Arab News: “I’m so happy. I chal­lenged my­self to reach the end­point.”

Win­ner of the sec­ond race, Nadimah Abu Alaineen, 17, who won SR2,000 ($533), said: “It’s more than great to feel the spirit of the au­di­ence who were cheer­ing for me.”

Ar­waa Al-Amoodi, who won the third and long­est race, told Arab News: “I am glad to win this race. I am ac­tu­ally a fit­ness coach.”

King Ab­dul Aziz Sta­dium and Al We­hda Club (a multi-sports club team from Makkah) will host the first women’s marathon in Makkah on April 6 un­der the pa­tron­age of the Gen­eral Au­thor­ity for Sport and the pres­i­dent of the Saudi Fed­er­a­tion of Com­mu­nity Sports, Princess Reema bint Ban­dar.

The race was held in a fully equipped sports en­vi­ron­ment and ladies were free to wear nor­mal sports suits, as it was an all-fe­male event. The marathon fence was cov­ered with black satin to main­tain the par­tic­i­pants’ pri­vacy.

(AN photos)

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