Gulf News - - Front Page - BY SUCHITRA BAJPAI CHAUD­HARY Se­nior Re­porter

Shaikh Zayed Road turned into a sea of fit­ness en­thu­si­asts as 70,000 run­ners took part in the in­au­gu­ral Dubai 30X30 Run yes­ter­day. |

Sev­enty thou­sand run­ners took part in the in­au­gu­ral 5km and 10km Dubai Run along Shaikh Zayed Road on Fri­day.

Spear­headed by Shaikh Ham­dan Bin Mo­ham­mad Bin Rashid Al Mak­toum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chair­man of the Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil, the run was part of the third edi­tion of the month-long Dubai Fit­ness Challenge that chal­lenges peo­ple to do 30 min­utes of ex­er­cise for 30 days from Oc­to­ber 18 to Novem­ber 16.

Shaikh Ham­dan said, “To­day marks a mile­stone in our mis­sion to make Dubai the most ac­tive city in the world — to­gether as one so­ci­ety. I com­mend the en­thu­si­asm and en­ergy of our peo­ple and I am proud of how the peo­ple of Dubai — across ages, na­tion­al­i­ties and abil­i­ties — have come to­gether to cre­ate such an in­spir­ing event.

“Con­grat­u­la­tions to all those who ac­cepted the challenge. I am con­fi­dent that you will en­cour­age even more to join over the com­ing days and make DFC 2019 our most suc­cess­ful edi­tion yet.”

Dubai Metro ran a spe­cial ser­vice from 4am and Shaikh Zayed Road was shut in one di­rec­tion for two hours.

Kick­ing off at 6.30am for the 5km run and 6.40am for the 10km, par­tic­i­pants ran ran up Shaikh Zayed Road and came off at the first in­ter­change to ei­ther en­cir­cle Dubai Down­town Boule­vard for the 10km or to come back down Hap­pi­ness Street for the 5km.

Moroc­can na­tional Samir Joua­her won the men’s 10km in 27 min­utes and 44 sec­onds, while Ethiopian stu­dent Re­fref Mo­ham­mad won the women’s 10km in 36 min­utes, 45 sec­onds.

Prizes worth Dh200,000 were distribute­d among the win­ners.

De­ter­mined to run

Even those re­cov­er­ing from se­ri­ous ill­ness de­cided to give it go. Stroke pa­tient Ashok De­sai, 52, com­pleted the 5km run. “Af­ter suf­fer­ing a par­a­lytic stroke in April this year, I could not have imag­ined, I would be able to do this,” he said. “But my doc­tors at Rashid Hos­pi­tal gave me timely help and all my symp­toms re­versed. I feel in­cred­i­bly blessed that I am in a place that cares about peo­ple’s health,” he added.

Oth­ers brought their chil­dren along in prams, like Filip­ina Veron­ica Van Aardt, who brought her one-year-old Maria along for the ride.

“The morn­ing feels so bright and en­thu­si­as­tic,” she said. “I wanted to be part of it so I brought my daugh­ter along as well.”

Courtesy: Or­gan­iser

Viren­dra Sak­lani/Gulf News

■ Shaikh Zayed Road be­came a sea of run­ners yes­ter­day morn­ing as thou­sands took part in the in­au­gu­ral 5km and 10km Dubai Run 30x30.

Dubai Me­dia Of­fice Twit­ter

■ Shaikh Ham­dan Bin Mo­ham­mad Bin Rashid Al Mak­toum, Dubai Crown Prince, leads tens of thou­sands of fit­ness en­thu­si­asts on Shaikh Zayed Road yes­ter­day.

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■ The spirit of par­tic­i­pa­tion helps one over­come all ob­sta­cles.

Viren­dra Sak­lani/Gulf News

■ A run is so much more fun when you par­tic­i­pate in it with your friends.

Viren­dra Sak­lani/Gulf News

■ Some par­ents en­sure their lit­tle ones don’t miss out on the fun.

An­tonin Kélian Kal­louche/Gulf News

■ A run­ner makes a water stop while vol­un­teers cheer on.

Viren­dra Sak­lani/Gulf News

■ Right: Roan So­liven Rubang and Christo­pher Yeyes.

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■ Re­fref Mo­ham­mad (left) and Samir Joua­her (right) the win­ners of 10km run.

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■ Left: Stroke pa­tient Ashok De­sai, 52, com­pleted the 5km run.

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