Big cheers for participants in women’s races in Jeddah
More than 350 take part in three events
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.