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Qatar’s leading telecommunications operator has announced that the Ooredoo Doha Virtual Marathon 2021, a virtual running event, has concluded with a resounding success.
More than 5,900 runners – the biggest participation for a virtual running event in the Middle East region - signed up to take part from 108 countries around the world. Runners were able to take part in the event, running individually with their run times registered on the leaderboard via the Suffix.Tracker app.
A variety of categories ensured that runners of all ages and abilities could participate, ranging from a one-kilometre run to half-marathons and the full 42-kilometre marathon for both men and women. As prizes for the main categories’ winners and runners-up, a slew of smart devices were on offer.
Elarbi Khattabi won the men’s full marathon in 2:32:20, with Nasreddine Mansour and Cameron Nail finishing second and third. Andrea Stadler won the women’s main event in 3:23:33, with Ghalya Alharami and Angelita Maano finishing second and third.
Rachid Boudalla, Ahmed Elhissouf, and Mohamed Omar finished first, second, and third in the men’s category, while Daisy Baker, Marjan Kohansal, and Eimear Dynes finished first, second, and third in the ladies category.
Mohamed Nasir, Ilyass El Ouali, and Houssine Lahdou were the top three men in the 10km run, and Dina Ali Shekkh, Zineb Karam, and Ana Milena Mesa were the top three women. In the men’s 5k, Abdullah Khan, Dnyaneshwar Mutkule, and Akshith Saravanan led the way, while Rosmaini Binti Ngah, Beatrice Njogu, and Sara Talia led the ladies.
Valid Ferdosian, Mahmoud Elkhaznadar and Omar Elkhaznadar registered the top three times in the 1km male race, while Afrah F Nijas, Bassma Lakhloufi and Annabel Axford led the female event.
Ooredoo thanked its many generous sponsors, including Platinum Sponsor Qatari Diar, Gold Sponsors Qatar Airways, Qatar National Tourism Council, Diet Delights, Aspire, Aspetar, Elan, Tarteeb, and INTA FM, and Silver Sponsors QIC and Chac’Late, without whom the event would not have been possible.
Sabah Rabiah Al-Kuwari, Director PR at Ooredoo, said: “We were excited to host a virtual alternative to the hugely popular Ooredoo Doha Marathon, so our many keen runners didn’t miss out, and were delighted to see so many participants sign up. Promoting a healthy, active lifestyle is a key priority as part of our corporate social responsibility strategy, and we are pleased that we have been able to maintain our commitment to this goal despite the pandemic restrictions. Congratulations to all of the winners, runners-up, and participants, and thank you for taking part!”
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