Dubai announces new route for 24-hr walkathon
dubai — The organising committee of the Dubai 24-Hour Walkathon have announced a new route for the second running of this unique event, which will be flagged off from the Sunset Mall on November 23.
After a successful debut event last year, which saw Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, wife of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; take part to raise awareness about diabetes, the unique walkathon, organised by the Dubai Sports Council, is back.
The format is still the same: Teams of 20 will be divided into four groups of five each but the route has changed for this year.
In 2016, the Walkathon was flagged off from Zabeel Park; this year, its starts at 7.30am on November 23 from the Sunset Mall on Jumeirah Beach Road and finishes 24 hours later at the same place after four loops of a dedicated 25-km route past some of Dubai’s most iconic landmarks, including the Dubai Canal.
Starting from behind Sunset Mall, the participants will walk down the Beach Road, in the direction of Burj Al Arab, before making a U-turn from Jumeirah Beach Hotel. The route will then take them down to the edge of the Dubai Canal, into Al Safa Park and then to Marasi Business Bay, from where they turn back for the Sunset Mall.
Each group of five walkers will be flagged off at set times. The first group will be flagged off at 7.30am on November 23, the second at 1.30pm, the third at 7.30pm and the fourth and final at 1.30am, November 24.
There will be six hydration stations along the route, while food and entertainment kiosks will be available at rest stations every 5km. Ambulances with registered nurses, police escorts and marshals will be onsite to ensure the safety of everyone, while ample parking spots will be available for both participants and spectators. Visit http:// www.dubaisc.ae/HBMIEn# for further information.
The route map for the second Dubai 24-hour Walkathon. —