Qtel has named Doha resident Chris Arthey as “Number One” race runner for its upcoming marathon “as an encouragement for everyone to take part in the event and improve their health and fitness.”
Qtel Chairman Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohamed bin Saud al-Thani, made the decision to offer the race bib to Chris.
The company said it is keen to see people of all ages and experience take part in the Qtel Marathon and is hopeful that Chris Arthey’s example will encourage other people to
take part.
In 2008, Chris was involved in a road accident that resulted in the amputation of his left leg. However, refusing to allow the accident to slow him down, he has continued to run marathons with a prosthetic leg, providing an inspiration to all.
Since moving to Qatar in 2012, he has played an active role in the local sports scene, and is looking forward to taking part in the upcoming Qtel Marathon, which will take place on January 26.
“You have to stay active and engaged to get the most out of life. I am delighted to be taking part in the upcoming Qtel Marathon. Being presented with the number one bib is an honour, and I hope as many people as are able can take part in the upcoming event,” said Arthey.
Wearing the number one bib, Chris Arthey will be in the front line when the race begins on January 26. Enthusiastic runners are encouraged to sign up early.
The inspirational efforts of Chris and his wife Denise, who also lost her leg in the bike accident, can be seen on the YouTube Video, “Do You See a Rainbow?”.
Hundreds of runners, Qtel employees and members of the public are expected to participate in the first edition of the Qtel Marathon. It will feature a 10km and a half-marathon (21.1 km) with plans to expand the race to a full marathon in 2014.
Qtel has chosen the date of the race as it takes place on the coolest week of the year. The company is sponsoring the run as part of its commitment to corporate social responsibility and in support of the wider vision to improve health across the community by engaging more people with sport.
Funds raised by entry fees to the Qtel Marathon, which will be QR50, will be donated to a range of worthy charities in the Middle East, Africa and
South Asia.
Runners can sign-up for the race at http://www.premiermarathons.com/event/Qtel_Marathon_Doha_2013