Over 5,000 residents take part in the record-breaking edition of Al Dana Green Run
A sea of runners laced up their sneakers and hit the pavement at Aspire Park on Saturday morning as fitness enthusiasts, green proponents and families from across the city came together to take part in the record-breaking edition of the Al Dana Green Run organised by Doha Bank. This year, over 5,000 runners took part in the run while thousands more turned up to support the event and the cause, crowning it the most successful edition to date.
The 11th edition saw participants joining in the race to compete in 10 individual categories that were spread across different age groups and skill levels: from professional runners and participants with special needs to individuals below 18 years of age and heavy weights, among other race categories. The “Male – 18-35” category attracted the highest number of participants with over 1,500 runners while 983 runners participated in the “Male – Over 35” category and young males and females below the age of 18 comprised a group of 774 participants.
Al Dana Green Run 2016 saw a total of QAR 150,000 distributed in prize money, with first-place winners in each of the 10 categories taking home QAR 5,000 and second-place winners pocketing QAR 4,000 each. Winners of the third, fourth and fifth positions received QAR 3,000, QAR 2,000 and QAR 1,000 each, respectively.
The Al Dana Green Run is organized annually by Doha Bank to spread awareness among the people about the fragile ecosystem that they live in and to encourage them to adopt sustainable practices to maintain a better ecological balance. The 11th edition of the annual run kicked off at 3pm and covered a 3-km circuit around Khalifa Stadium.