DOHA: Ooredoo’s marathon turned out to be a huge success with more than 3,000 people participated in the event organised on Friday. All funds raised from the marathon will be donated to Reach Out To Asia, for their work in Qatar and across Asia.
Ooredoo had organised a series of races for runners of varying levels of ability, including a full marathon, half-marathon, 10km, 5km runs in addition to two special children’s 1km and 3km fun runs.
Hundreds of people lined the streets of Doha to cheer on the runners, and urge them to the finish line. The route took people from Katara up to the Museum of Islamic Art Park.
The marathon saw participants with a diverse range of ages, nationalities and backgrounds, with a number of professional sports people running alongside those taking part in their first-ever marathon.
“We wanted to make this year’s marathon bigger, faster and better, and all the feedback suggests that we have succeeded. We’ve seen more participants and more support across Doha, and we’re confident that this year’s event will raise more money for charity than ever before,” said Fatima Sultan Al Kuwari, Director of Public and Community Relations at Ooredoo.
Hundreds of children took part in the 3km and 1km fun runs, and they were joined by Ooredoo’s mascots, the Alrabaa, who cheered the kids on as they ran.
The winners were presented with prizes by Fatima Sultan Al Kuwari in a special ceremony at the end of the race. The Ooredoo Marathon 2015 is sponsored by Qatar Airways, Hamad Medical Corporation Kulluna, Sports Corner, Reach out to Asia, Katara and Baraem TV.
Ooredoo launched the 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.