Over 100 participants join 1st Aspire Park Run Challenge

 29 Nov 2017 - 10:55

Over 100 participants join 1st Aspire Park Run Challenge

The Peninsula

More than 100 recreational runners aged 12 and over competed together with 29 student-athletes from Aspire Academy in the first Aspire Park Run Challenge Series recently, organised by Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF).

Abdulla Aziz (Adult) and Ilyass El Ouali (Junior) won the 3K and 6K races respectively.

The 3K race started at 7:3 am with 60 recreational runners and 22 student-athletes from Aspire Academy taking part.

Abdulla Aziz (Adult) secured first place after finishing the race in 9 minutes and 46 seconds. Second place winner Ethan Bennett (Junior) trailed seconds behind, finishing the race in 9 minutes and 54 seconds. Whilst

Adnan Karmoussi, a young athlete from Aspire Academy, finished in third place completing the race in 10 minutes and 10 seconds.  

The 6K race followed at 8:00am with more than 76 recreational runners and 7 student-athletes from Aspire Academy taking part.

Ilyass El Ouali (Junior) won the race in record-time, finishing in 19 minutes and 54 seconds. Mehdi Mersni (Adult) followed in second place after finishing in 20 minutes and 35 seconds, with Muawia Abdulrahman Balla, another young athlete from Aspire Academy, coming in third after finishing the race in 20 minutes and 56 seconds.

Adnan Karmoussi, a student-athlete at Aspire Academy who competes in the 800m and 1500m and who finished third in the 3K race said: “It was great to compete in today’s event. Running on sand on the horse trail gave us useful experience of different surfaces and is good preparation for cross-country competitions. I have just returned after a five month break due to injury, so this race was great practice for me. Competitions like these are a great opportunity for student-athletes at Aspire Academy to see how we measure up, and provide useful indicators of our performance leading up to the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics.”

The second ‘Aspire Park Run’ race will be held on December 02 at Aspire Park, behind the Coffeeshop Company. Adults and young people interested in taking part can sign up through www.lifeinaspire.qa