Festival City (DHFC) launched its Outdoor Leisure Trail on Saturday,
attracting more than 600 enthusiasts who had the opportunity to
experience family and fitness fun.
Members of the Qatar Cycling Federation kicked off proceedings with a fast-paced time trial around the circuit, with David Nichols winning with a time of six minutes and 10 seconds.
Participants then walked, ran and cycled their way around the track surrounding the mall. According to the organisers, race participants showcased a lot of passion and determination while the running, walking and cycling sessions drew a huge crowd of both participants and spectators.
XRebel stunt riders from Xtork performed three breath-taking shows that wowed spectators, who also enjoyed a special appearance from Red Bull BMX athlete, Mansour al-Safran. The riders also gave a number of spectators the chance to ride BMX bikes and pull some of their own stunts.
Visitors enjoyed a festival style event with Ikea, Toys R Us, Tim Hortons, Shake Shack, Go Sport and Red Bull hosting kiosks in the event village.
“We were very excited to welcome our first visitors to the Outdoor Leisure Trail, it’s amazing to see our vision of creating a space for the whole community, come to life,” DHFC general manager Trevor Hill said.
“The trail has been specially designed for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy so we want to encourage everyone to come down, try it out and get active,” he stressed. The mountain bike cycle track has 13 different technical trail features and offers various surfaces with inbuilt gradients and obstacles to suit all abilities of mountain bikers and was designed by British company, Architrail.
The running track also has exercise stations along the route, allowing both casual and more serious runners to exercise and enjoy the green spaces being created as part of the project.
Qatar Olympic Committee to celebrate World Walking Day Festival
Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC), through the Department of Sports Affairs, will organise the World Walking Day Festival under the auspices of the World Organisation for Sport for All (TAFISA) on Thursday at the Museum of Islamic Art Park. More than 500 students from various schools in Qatar are participating in the festival.
The Organising Committee has invited the Ministry of Education and Higher Education to participate in the event. A number of sports stars have also been invited to participate in the festival. The event will start at 8am and lasts until 11pm.
Abdulaziz al-Ghanim, Head of the Societal Unit at QOC Department of Sports Affairs, said it has completed all preparations for organising this annual event. World Walking Day is celebrated in October each year by TAFISA, in order to establish the importance of exercise, especially walking, because of its great health importance. The target is young people, who are exhorted to take up walking and make it a part of their lives.
By organising such an event, Qatar Olympic Committee aims to introduce the concept of sport for all. It highlights the rights of members of society in all categories without exception in participating in non-competitive sports activities that help to promote physical activity and to raise awareness of the importance of walking as a sport.
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