Dubai an­nounces new route for 24-hr walkathon

Khaleej Times - - NATION - Staff Re­porter

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:// for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.


Courtesy: Dubai Sports Coun­cil

The route map for the sec­ond Dubai 24-hour Walkathon. —

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