Aspire Zone Foundation hosted on December 5 an awarding ceremony to announce the winners of the first IAU 50km World Championships, which the Foundation is hosting annually through to 2017. During the same ceremony, the winners of the ‘Aspire International 6:50 Race’ were also announced.
The championship witnessed strong competition between more than 100 of the world’s best ultrarunners, as selected by their respective national federations. The runners that took part represented 21 countries including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Germany, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Latvia, Mongolia, Holland, Norway, Serbia, Sierra Leon, Taipei, the United States, Ukraine and Zimbabwe.
In conjunction with the championship, Aspire Zone Foundation also hosted the ‘Aspire International 6:50 Race’, which gave a number of running enthusiasts in Qatar the chance to compete alongside IAU professional ultrarunners. The race featured 12 Qatari runners, in addition to 250 resident runners from 44 countries.
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Ali Al-Fehaidi, Acting Director General of Aspire Logistics; Dr Mohamed Ghaith Al-Kuwari, Acting Director General of Aspetar; Abdullah Al Khater, Events Manager at Aspire Zone Foundation; and Nadeem Khan, IAU Director of Communications, presented the winners with their medals and trophies.
The winners list included:
IAU 50km World Championships
Individual male first place: Tony Migliozzi (USA) with a time of 2:52:09
Individual female first place: Camille Herron (USA) with a world-record of 3:20:59
Male team first place: Team Kenya with a combined total time of 8:49:09
Female team first place: Team Croatia with a combined total time of 10:50:08
Aspire International 6:50 Race
Open race male first place: Sami Al Saidi (Oman)
Open race female first place: Sarah Whittington (UK)
Relay team male first place: Team Al Maghreb
Relay team mix first place: Team Al Attar
A fan zone was also set up at the race site, which included a number of activities and competitions for children and families.
It is worth noting that Aspire Zone Foundation organised this championship in collaboration with the International Association of Ultrarunners and the Qatar Athletics Federation. The championship is officially accredited by the IAU.