After becoming the first Emirati to qualify for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, historic athlete Abdulrahman Alhosani has set his sights on a more local and light-hearted challenge after signing up for a charity run at Zayed Sports City – the ADCB Zayed Sports City Pink 5&10k Run presented by Daman's ActiveLife.
The local athlete qualified for the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships, which will be held in Chattanooga, Tennessee (USA) by placing 12th overall in his age group (30-34) at the IRONMAN 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship in August.
Alhosani is used to running, swimming and cycling distances over a combined 110km, but the 31 year old will take to the 10k track at Zayed Sports City with his two young daughters and his parents on 14 October.
Commenting on having three generations of his family take part in the event, Alhosani says that age is only a number: "My 57-year-old father started running 18 months ago and has lost more than 25kg as a result," said Alhosani. "My children who are aged five and nine started with junior fun runs, and now they take part in more competitive, longer-distance runs. It's never too late to start a sport; if you set targets, you can achieve anything.
"This event is for a great cause and is recognised all around the region, with some of my friends on the Kuwait National Team planning to come and take part at Zayed Sports City, " he added. "This year I am encouraging a lot more people to take part, especially more local Emirati families."
In its fourth year, the event continues to inspire those who are raising money for friends, family or community members who have been affected by breast cancer. The race is open to individuals from all walks of life with the clear message that whoever you are, anyone can be affected by the disease. All proceeds from the race entries will go to Al Jalila Foundation, a non-profit organisation for promoting medical education and research in the UAE.
Steve Watson, Managing Partner of event organisers Gulf Multi Sport, says: "Year-on-year, the ADCB Zayed Sports City Pink 5&10k Run presented by Daman's ActiveLife grows in numbers but most importantly, it raises money for breast cancer awareness and research. Now in our fourth year, such awareness can be attributed to the continued support of the runners, community and now Abdulrahman Alhosani.
"We are lucky to have such a great venue in Zayed Sports City that makes the event suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. The entire atmosphere encourages runners to achieve their ambition whether that be simply completing the course or setting a personal best."
The popular event will be hosted on Friday, October 14, and is expected to sell out. Those interested are urged to register now at premieronline.com.