Under the slogan #RunWithUs, the national campaign comes in light of the rising levels of diabetes, obesity and hypertension in Oman.
On January 17, the main marathon event along with the half-marathon and 10km races will be held. On January 18, the popular 5km Run and the Kids’ Run will be held.
Seven top athletes from a variety of sport disciplines have joined forces as inspirational ambassadors for the event to highlight this mission. They are Oman’s top goalkeeper Ali al Habsi, sportscar racing driver Ahmad al Harthi, Olympic showjumper Sultan al Touqi, sprinter Barakat al Harthi, tennis player Fatma al Nabhani, sailor and Olympic hopeful Musab al Hadi.
Global ambassador and world record holder Paula Radcliffe will also act as a role model to add to the collaborative effort by the event organisers, Oman Sail, and supporters to engage a bigger segment of the youth population to get active.
Speaking about the campaign, Habsi said, “Al Mouj Muscat Marathon is the perfect opportunity to make the youth understand the importance of being active. The annual event provides a fun platform for people to challenge themselves and work towards a fitness goal. My children took part in the kids run last year and really enjoyed the experience. I look forward to running in the event next year.”
Fatma expressed her excitement. “I would love to see more women participating in the event, because nothing is beyond our reach. I have never done anything like this before, but I love to challenge myself and hope that many people will join me at the event.”
H E Younis al Siyabi, chairman of Oman Athletics Association (OAA), said, “OAA’s mission is to promote sport and athletics across the sultanate.”
Registration is now open and can be done through https://muscatmarathon.om/