Emirati runners clinch 10K and 5K title at Dubai Holding Women’s Run 2014

Emirati runners clinch 10K and 5K title at Dubai Holding Women’s Run 2014

  • Asian Games Gold Medallist, Alia Mohammed Saeed, finishes 10K in 0:35:25
  • Bethlem Desalgn Belaynah finishes 5K K in 00:17:10
  • Kamali: “The 2014 Dubai Holding Women’s Run has once again seen record results and unparalleled turnout."

Dubai, 7 November 2014 - Held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the National Olympic Committee (NOC), the 2014 Dubai Holding Women’s Run saw Emirati Runners take centre stage in both 10K and 5K races held today at Jumeirah Beach Road.

The top three runners in the 10K race are Alia Mohammed Saeed (UAE), Sentayehu Getachew (Ethiopia) and Esma Aydemir (Turkey) who finished in 0:35:25, 0:35:41 and 0:35:52, respectively. In the 5K category, Betlhem Desalgn Belaynah (UAE), Biljana Cvijanović (Serbia) and Ajeba Batukan (Ethiopia) took the first three places on the podium, completing the race in 0:17:10, 0:17:24 and 0:17:44.

Dubai Holding sponsored cash prizes totalling AED 90,000 for the ten fastest runners in general category of 10K and 5K races and the three fastest Emirati runners in 10K and 5K categories.

Khalfan Belhoul, Vice President – Strategy at Dubai Holding, who presented the prizes to the winners, said: “We are especially proud to see Emirati runners finish fastest in both categories. Such a large turnout of women is very encouraging as the race gains international momentum. I want to congratulate all participants and very much look forward to next year’s event. Dubai Holding is pleased to see its wellness culture focused on physical activity and healthy behaviours transcend our corporate offices to the wider community of Dubai.”

Ahmad Al Kamali, Chairman, Dubai Holding Women’s Run, added: “I am pleased to see so many elite international runners competing for the title. This race has truly carved a place for itself on the international circuit and we aim to see more runners from abroad in the coming years, as well as an increase in participation from UAE Nationals and residents. I want to thank all those involved in the planning and organisation, and applaud all participants for joining us here today.”

du, as the Official Telco Partner, also handed over prizes for the top three 10K and 5K winners in in the form of vouchers worth upto AED 3,000 redeemable against smartphones and tablets. Winners won certificates to encourage them to continue on their fitness journey. du also sponsored a prize for the last woman to cross the finish line and encouraged participants to track their fitness through the du Wellness App during the race. All runners who used the du Wellness App during the race and shared it on social media with #everystepcounts were eligible to win a prize

Hala Badri, Executive Vice President, Brand and Communications, du, said: “We are proud to support the Dubai Holding Women’s Run as Official Telco Partner, to motivate women to continue, or even to embark upon their fitness journey. Today’s participants, including several of my own colleagues, have set a fantastic example of women’s fitness, and I would like to congratulate each and every runner. They are all truly inspirational, and embody the healthier lifestyle that we hope to inspire amongst the UAE community.”

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