By Sports Reporter/Doha
On Friday, late afternoon, Mubarak Abdulaziz al-Khulaifi arrived at the finish line on the Corniche (next to the Sheraton), 155 hours 30 minutes and 1 second after having set off on Saturday, November 28, to set a Fastest Known Time (FKT) for the run around Qatar. Mubarak ran 484km in this time, which also included all breaks and short sleeps; he slept less than 25 hours in total.
Mubarak set his record in a supported mode (with aid from support crew), bettering the previous best overall time by 12 and half hours, which was set in an unsupported manner (without outside assistance) by Qatar resident and Frenchman Pierre Daniel. Both athletes will now hold their respective FKT’s (supported/unsupported) until they are bettered.
On setting the new fastest overall time, al-Khulaifi said: “The run was without a doubt the hardest physical and mental challenge of my life, a true test of my spirit and determination. It was also one of the most memorable and wonderful experiences of my life, seeing our beautiful nation in complete and being joined each day by friends, family and supporters just coming out to encourage.”
He continued: “I am very proud as the first Qatari to break the previous best overall time record. That said, it has also demonstrated to me the huge accomplishment of Pierre who did it without the aid of a support crew. I hope that my accomplishment inspires more Qataris to push their limits whether in sport, art, culture, business or serving their community, and to live the fullest lives they can.”
He concluded: “I would like to give special thanks to my support crew, their aid and assistance was truly inspirational, and the moments we shared will be memories I treasure for all my days.”
His team included Adulaziz al-Abdulla, Fahad al-Buenain, Fahad al-Hadfa, Faisal al-Zaman, Talal al-Emadi, Ali al-Mansouri, Ali al-Khulaifi ,Rashid al-Hajri, John Nuttall (Physiotherapist), Noel Cuaton (photographer) and his coach Ryan Sosna-Bowd.
Al-Khulaifi’s accomplishment also captured the imaginations of people outside Qatar, with supporters following his route daily in Europe and the UK.
Saturday: Doha Corniche to Madinat Al Ka’ban
Sunday: Madinat Al Ka’ban to Al Zubara
Monday: Al Zubarah to Al Jumayliyah
Tuesday: Al Jumayliyah to Umm Bab
Wednesday: Umm Bab to Salwa Road/Sawda Natheel intersection
Thursday: Salwa Road/Sawda Natheel intersection to Sealine
Friday: Sealine to Doha Corniche
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