Doha residents will receive the unique opportunity to compete with the world’s top 50 km runners following confirmation the IAU 50 km World Trophy Final will coincide with the Aspire International 6:50 Race.
Set to go ahead on 31 October 2014, local participants will attempt to run approximately seven times the length of the Doha Corniche in under six hours. Set to be one of the most challenging running events ever to be hosted in Qatar, the race will consist of 10 laps of a specially designed 5 km track at the Aspire Zone Precinct. The race will also feature a relay option for those who wish to compete in a team of five.
Acting Events and Venues Manager at Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF), Abdulla Al Khater, said:
Following the popularity of our first ultra-marathon in March this year, we are confident that there exists a serious appetite for such long-distance running races in Doha and throughout the Gulf region. We believe that hosting such an event demonstrates our commitment towards providing sporting opportunities for all. With registration for the 6:50 race now open, we now look forward to welcoming the very fittest local athletes prepared for this ultimate challenge.’
In addition, the 6:50 race will double up as the final of a major worldwide 50 km running tournament. The exciting arrangement follows a deal struck between the Aspire Zone and the International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) earlier this year and ensures that 50 of the world’s best ultra long distance runners will also be taking part in the event. The agreement means that after the race the winners of the IAU World 50 km Trophy will be crowned.
Despite the growing popularity of such extreme distance events worldwide, the 6:50 race will become only the second ultra-marathon to be hosted in Qatar. The event follows the outstanding first edition of the Aspire 6:50 race earlier this year that saw almost 100 local amateur runners complete the distance. With online registration now open for the 6:50 race in October, places are expected to fill quickly.
Registration is now open at the Life In Aspire website, and for those who sign up the QR200 registration fees represent incredible value. On the evening prior to the event, all officials and athletes will receive an invite to a free pasta party at the Aspire Zone where they can receive a full briefing on the track itself.
During the course of the race, athletes will have the chance to re-fuel for free at the track’s various food and sports-drink stations. Those who complete the race will be given a winner’s medal, a goody bag and a free massage and there will even be a fanzone for the family and friends of each runner to cheer on their loved ones. Meanwhile prizes will be awarded to the winners of five categories in the 6:50 race including best individual runner, best individual runner 40+, best individual runner 50+, best relay team and GCC Champion.
For more information or to register, visit the Life In Aspire website.