*The ‘virtual run’ – an extension of the Ooredoo Doha Marathon 2022 set from March 5 to 11
The 10th edition of Ooredoo Doha Marathon, which has become a key sporting event in Qatar, is set to take place on March 11 in a new, bigger, and scenic location – Lusail City. “Something is different this year, we are moving the marathon from the Doha Corniche to Lusail. It is a very big destination for us and for Qatar, we want to showcase the iconic places in the country, and it is one of the most popular places now, Ooredoo Qatar public relations director Sabah Rabiah al-Kuwari told reporters at a press conference yesterday. He was joined by Qatar Foundation’s community programme manager Aljazi taleb al-Henzab and Ooredoo Qatar’s CSR, Sponsorship and Media director Moza Khalid M M al-Muhannadi.
Al-Kuwari said this annual event encourages people and the community to engage in sports – not only during the National Sport Day – but as part of their daily life. According to him, the Ministry of Public Health has so far approved 2,000 runners to participate in the marathon, in adherence to Covid-19 safety protocols. Some of the best international and local runners are also expected to take part in the marathon, where huge prizes are at stake, he noted. “There will be top runners coming, we have invited many professionals and we are waiting for their response,” al-Kuwari said.
He added that the event’s latest edition will witness a new activation, the ‘Marathon Village’, which will open two days prior to the actual race. It will also allow participants to come and take their accreditations, bibs, and shirts. Organisers stressed that Covid-19 restrictions will be strictly implemented at the event, limiting the number of participants and spectators. Runners will be required to present valid vaccination certificates upon registration.
According to the organisers, runners can also take part in the ‘virtual run’ – an extension of the Ooredoo Doha Marathon 2022 set from March 5 to 11 – giving them the option to run elsewhere using a special GPS app. “We know that many of our runners will want to join in, but – despite the precautions being taken to ensure safety -- would feel more comfortable running separately to other participants. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Alongside the physical event, we’re also running a virtual Marathon so you can run alone.
“You have to run at an outside location (not on a treadmill) and track your run with our special GPS app.
“The virtual race may be taking place in the online world, but the experience won't be any less than the real race. We'll be elevating your virtual experience using the Suffix.Tracker app, which has several cool features that will make the race more engaging and fun,” organisers said. “You complete the race anywhere you feel comfortable since it's virtual.”
Registration categories are: 1KM for children, 5KM, 10KM, 21KM, and 42KM – adults.