Posted on January 12, 2014

This year’s Ooredoo Marathon saw hundreds of people take to the streets to run, jog and walk, as Qatar came together for health and fitness. More than 1,600 people registered to take part and – with all registration fees donated to Reach Out To Asia –  raised a significant sum for people in need in the developing world.

With four races in total – a children’s 1km fun run, a 10km road-race, a half marathon and a full marathon – there were options for people of all levels of fitness and running experience. There was a wide diversity in the ages, nationalities and backgrounds of participants, with a number of professional sports people running alongside those taking part in their first-ever marathon.

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Fatima Sultan Al Kuwari, Director of Public and Community Relations at Ooredoo, said: “We’ve been delighted at the response to this year’s Ooredoo marathon, which has seen the highest number of registrations, as well as the best-ever support from friends, families and the wider community. Not only does this incredible support raise significant funds for Reach Out To Asia, it also encourages more people to get involved in health and fitness.”

Runners from 86 countries took part, including Qatar, Ethiopia, Ghana, Spain, Oman, Morocco, the USA, Canada, Great Britain, Nigeria, Tunisia and Palestine. The youngest entrant – running in the children’s race – was just five years old, while the oldest entrant was 68, proving that age is no barrier to health and fitness.  Coming first in the inaugural marathon was Eskindeer Folie of Ethiopia. The fastest female marathon runner was Sarah Whittington of the UK.

There were also strong times set in the junior category, with Sami-Al Sameedi of Oman and Kritsen De Sousa the fastest man and women, respectively. In the master category, Shawn Deleu and Jackie Werdeling were the fastest man and woman.

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Ethiopia also fielded the fastest runner in the half marathon, with Abebe Tolosa setting the fastest time. The fastest female runner was Rebecca Botwright of the UK. More than 650 runners took part in the 10K race, with Gadissa Chamada of Ethiopia and Madeline Strandemo of the USA finishing as the fastest male and female runners.

Finally, around 200 children took part in the kid’s 1K, from ages 5 – 17. Mohamad Ashiq and Rosa Adu were the fastest boy and girl age 13-17 years; Anas KV and Holly McWilliam the fastest in the 9-12 category; Nuh Mortaza and Timaa Kammar the fastest 5-8 year olds.

The winners were presented with prizes by Fatima Sultan Al Kuwari, Director of Public and Community Relations at Ooredoo, in a special ceremony at the end of the race.

Ooredoo launched the Ooredoo Marathon in 2013, and continues to support it as an annual event to promote health and fitness in Qatar. Support for the marathon is part of a wider strategy that involves grassroots sponsorship and community engagement, designed to encourage more people to get involved in sport. 

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