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Inspirational Qatari ‘ironman’ to run around the country

الرجل الحديدي القطري يخوض تحدي طواف قطر

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Doha: Qatari runner Mubarak Abdulaziz Al Khulaifi today set-off from the Corniche on his attempt to set a Fastest Known Time (FKT) for the run around the country.

He aims to complete the run, which is approximately 500km, in under 7 days, which the current record sits at. The current record was set by Qatari Resident and adventurer Pierre Daniel who tackled the run in a self-supported manner in February 2018.

Mubarak, who by day is an Executive Manager in Corporate Banking with Masraf Al Rayyan and a father of four, is aiming to cover over 80km a day in his record attempt, which he is doing in a supported manner, with a support crew of friends, all of are either taking time off work or juggling commitments around there day to day to work, who will make sure he has access to food and drink as he pushes himself to the limits of human endurance.

His team includes AdulazizAlabdulla, Fahad AlBuenain, Fahad AlHadfa, Faisal AlZaman, Talal AlEmadi, Ali Al Mansouri, Rashid AlHajri, Noel Cuaton and Coach Ryan Sosna-Bowd.

If successful, this will be a further first for a Qatari sportsman who has been blazing the trail for Qatar in the trail running world.

“This challenge is the culmination of a journey that was inspired by trail blazing Qatari athletes, like Abdulla Al Hammadi, who inspired me into sport and athletes like Pierre Daniel and so many more who opened my eyes to the possibilities within each of us,” Mubarak said.

“I hope that this challenge inspires more Qataris to push their limits whether it be in sport, art, culture, business or serving their community, and to live the fullest lives they can,” Mubarak said.

Pierre Daniel, the first and current record holder of the Round Qatar FTK said: “It’s fantastic what Mubarak is attempting and has achieved for the Qatari trail running community. The Run Around Qatar is a significant challenge and will test him unlike anything he has done, he has the unique spirit of an adventurer, looking to push his limits and enjoy the natural beauty of Qatar in way that can only be done during such a challenge. It will be my joy to see him at the finish line and celebrate his success.”

Fans can follow Mubarak in his challenge on Instagram @Trailssports and track him live via this link https://events.geotracks.co.uk/live/584

Source: thepeninsulaqatar

الشرق 

الدوحة: يخوض مبارك عبد العزيز الخليفي، تحديا كبيرا، يتمثل في تحقيق أسرع وقت ممكن في طواف قطر، الذي يبلغ طوله 500 كلم، والذي يحمل رقمه بيير دانيال عام 2018، ويضم فريقه كل من عبد العزيز العبد الله وفهد البوعينين وفهد الهدفة وفيصل الزمان وطلال العمادي وعلي المنصوري وراشد الهاجري ونويل كواتون والمدرب رايان سوسنا بود. وكانت الانطلاقة بجوار فندق الشيراتون.

وعلق مبارك عن هذا التحدي قائلاً “هذا التحدي هو تتويج لرحلة مستوحاة من درب الرياضيين القطريين، مثل عبد الله الحمادي الذي ألهمني لخوض هذه الرياضة والرياضيين مثل بيير دانيال وغيرهم ممن فتحوا عيني على القدرات الموجودة داخل كل واحد منا”.

وتابع “آمل أن يلهم هذا التحدي المزيد من القطريين لتخطي حدودهم سواء كان ذلك في الرياضة أو الفن أو الثقافة أو العمل أو خدمة مجتمعهم، وأن يعيشوا حياة كاملة ممكنة.

من جهته قال بيير دانيال، صاحب الرقم القياسي الأول والحالي في جولة قطر “إنه لأمر رائع ما يحاول مبارك القيام به وما حققه لمجتمع العدائين القطريين. يعد طواف قطر تحديًا كبيرًا حيث سيختبر قدراته، فهو يتمتع بروح المغامرة الفريدة من نوعها ويتطلع إلى تجاوز حدوده والاستمتاع بجمال قطر الطبيعي بطريقة لا يمكن القيام بها إلا خلال مثل هذا التحدي، سيكون من دواعي سروري رؤيته عند خط النهاية والاحتفال بنجاحه”.

المصدر: al-sharq

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