De Co­rato goes the dis­tance on Na­tional Day

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Many in the re­gion relaxed over the long week­end, but a Dubai-based ul­tra run­ner com­pleted a whop­ping 140km run to cel­e­brate the 47th UAE Na­tional Day.

It took Nico de Co­rato just over twenty three hours to fin­ish the unique sin­gle stage solo run, which be­gan at Bab Al Shams re­sort in Al Qu­dra and ended at the iconic Union Flag of Jumeirah, where he was greeted by friends, fam­ily and sup­port­ers. De Co­rato man­aged to fin­ish the chal­lenge de­spite suf­fer­ing from se­vere pain in his right knee that re­quired use of ice com­presses to re­duce swelling.

Speak­ing to Sport360° ahead of the event, the Ital­ian said, “Peo­ple say I’m crazy, and maybe I am, but it’s my way to cel­e­brate what a great coun­try we live in.

“I like as­so­ci­at­ing the place with sport and not just the sky­scrapers most peo­ple see.

“I am de­lib­er­ately pass­ing through the nat­u­ral land­scapes then along to the mod­ern city.”

De Co­rato has ex­pe­ri­ence with long dis­tance run­ning, but has never com­pleted a feat of this mag­ni­tude. In 2015 he com­pleted a 100km solo run along a route from the Mey­dan Ho­tel lead­ing to Bab Al Shams Desert Re­sort.

To get in peak con­di­tion this time around he’s been in con­stant train­ing over the last three years and be­gan to turn his focus to this par­tic­u­lar run a few months ago.

Com­plet­ing an event such as this re­quires men­tal train­ing as well as phys­i­cal train­ing, in­clud­ing train­ing him­self not to sleep for long pe­ri­ods of time.

“You have to con­sider the bal­anced diet and also your sleep pat­tern,” he said. “I have been train­ing my­self to stay awake. Run­ning a dis­tance like this is more of a men­tal game than phys­i­cal.”

Fit­tingly, the chal­lenge ended next to the world’s big­gest Emi­rati flag lo­cated in­side the Eti­had Mu­seum, as the UAE cel­e­brated Na­tional Day with a long week­end.

The event was sup­ported by the Dubai Sports Coun­cil and lo­gis­tics and traffic were fa­cil­i­tated by the RTA and Dubai Po­lice.

Push your lim­its: Nico de Co­rato.

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