In Attendance of HE Minister of Culture and Sports, And Ooredoo Qatar CEO:
Ooredoo Enhances Doha’s Sporting Calendar Again with Successful 2022 Ooredoo Doha Marathon
2000 Runners at Start Line, AlAdaam Category for Qatari Runners for First Time
Ooredoo has announced its annual Marathon – held on Friday 11 March 2022 after a delay due to ongoing COVID restrictions – was, once again, a phenomenal success.
The 2022 Ooredoo Doha Marathon, a much-anticipated fixture on Doha’s sporting calendar, was held at Lusail City for the first time. The starting gun was fired at 6.30am for the full and half marathons, with runners taking a route through the stunning scenery of Lusail City.
A phenomenal 2000 runners took their place at the start line, with 1745 participants taking part in the virtual event held from 8-11 March 2022. The Marathon saw professional runners who had flown in from overseas especially for the event competing alongside local running enthusiasts.
This year’s event featured the AlAdaam category for the first time, dedicated to Qatari runners and with prizes for winning competitors in the category.
Scores of Doha residents lined the streets to witness some incredible performances from the world’s top marathon professionals and to cheer on all runners. The Ooredoo Doha Marathon Village in Lusail Village also played host to runners and spectators.
The Marathon was held in the presence of His Excellency Mr. Salah bin Ghanem Al Ali, Minister of Culture and Sports, who got the Marathon under way with a starting pistol. The Minister later expressed his admiration of both the excellent organisation on the day and the remarkable development of the race facilities, especially the Ooredoo Doha Marathon Village.
Speaking about the event, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulla Al Thani, CEO at Ooredoo Qatar said: “We were beyond delighted to see so many runners at the start line for this year’s Ooredoo Doha Marathon; both the international athletes who travelled to Qatar to take part and the many, many local running enthusiasts who sign up and train throughout the year to run with us. We’re committed to supporting events that promote the benefits of a healthy, active
lifestyle as a key part of our corporate social responsibility strategy, and the Ooredoo Doha Marathon is quite possibly one of our most well-known demonstrations of this commitment within our community.”
“I’d like to offer our sincere gratitude to the many sponsors on board this year, and to the many volunteers, without whose support the event could not happen,” he added.
The annual Ooredoo Doha Marathon, first held in 2013, was designed to encourage Qatari citizens and residents to embrace a healthy active lifestyle. It has grown into a much-anticipated event and is now one of the most popular events on Qatar’s sporting calendar, attracting the cream of the international marathon crop and offering an opportunity for local running enthusiasts to run alongside the professionals. The Ooredoo Doha Marathon forms part of a busy schedule of sporting events throughout the year, as Ooredoo continues to demonstrate its commitment to supporting Qatar’s drive to promote health and fitness amongst its citizens and residents.
In line with Ooredoo’s corporate social responsibility strategy and its commitment to supporting the communities in which it operates, funds generated from the Ooredoo Doha Marathon each year go directly to chosen charitable organisations. Qatar Foundation’s Ability Friendly Program – a programme dedicated to offering sporting opportunities to those with specific needs – is this year’s recipient of some of the funds.