Big response to NBAD races in Abu Dhabi

The day takes on special significance with the 32km race making its debut in the UAE.

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Published: Sat 22 Feb 2014, 12:48 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 9:10 PM

A gruelling test of physical strength and fitness awaits the long distance runners when they compete in the first National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) half-marathon and 32km race next month.

Already over 500 runners have signed up for the race, starting at 6.15am from Emirates Golf Club on March 7, reflecting on the enthusiasm and passion for running in the UAE. The day takes on special significance with the 32km race making its debut in the UAE.

“These are still early days, but we are delighted with the overwhelming response to the race, which, I am sure, will be an event to remember for all those who love to sweat it out for new challenges,” said Anne Bester, the race director and herself a well-known runner in the UAE.

“You don’t have to be a world-class athlete to enjoy running. Everything you need is already inside. All you need is a good pair of running shoes and the drive to start,” she added.

“We welcome both newer and veteran runners to join the fund as long as they meet general health guidelines about running,” she added. “The introduction of the 32km race for the first time in the UAE will keep the atmosphere buzzing as there is no dearth of seasoned runners in the country.

“I look forward to welcoming all runners and hope they will have fun competing in the race,” she said.

Mohamed Obaid Al Shamsi, area manager of NBAD, Dubai, was equally upbeat about the success of the race day. “We are delighted to be associated with the race which, I believe, is in sync with the government’s ambitious drive to promote and instil a culture of fitness by encouraging the creation of a suitable environment that catalyzes sports activity for people of all ages.

“It’s good to know that passion for running is fast picking up pace. We, at NBAD, will always support any initiative that raises awareness about fitness and prompts people to think seriously about their own health and behavior,” he said.

Those who are interested in joining the race may visit for registration. The race will start and end at Emirates Golf Club, covering Emirates Lakes and Emirates Hillls areas.

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