The Doha Dash comes to the city on National Sports Day, February 10. We look at how the run will help the community get active and moving in Doha.
Fancy going on a three or five kilometre run? And helping yourself and the local community in the process? Then the Doha Dash is an ideal event to join.
The dash is a community event that brings together the people of Doha on a day that celebrates and supports the vision of Qatar National Sport Day. It helps encourage the citizens and residents to lead more physically active lives in a fun environment through friendly competition. The dash has something for everyone, with a five-kilometre run for adults, a three-kilometre run for those aged eight and above, a one-kilometre run for children, and a one-kilometre walk for children and ladies together.
In the Race Village, participants and spectators will be treated to a range of activities and entertainment, and can partake in training sessions before the start of their race on treadmills and stationed bicycles. Entertainment includes live music, children’s activities and much more.
How did it come about?
The 2013 Dolphin Energy Doha Dash, which was the first of many to come, was launched to create a new and different community fun run. It came at a time when it was important to support and get behind Qatar’s vision of National Sport Day. With that in mind, Dolphin Energy and Professional Sports Group teamed up together to create an annual event on the Qatar sports calendar which would help the community of Qatar to live healthier and active lives. Each year, Qatar based companies partner with the Doha Dash to continue its success.
Helping the community
It is an event created specifically to bring together the community and participate in an event that can positively enhance the wellbeing of the local community. The dash creates a friendly competition environment where families and friends can join each other to run, walk or simply cheer on those participating. Furthermore, if you compete, you can also raise money for charity in the process; get your mates to dig deep into their pockets for a cause close to you.
The dash also rings loud the message of health and fitness, which brings families and friends together to train with each other and motivate each other to better their lifestyle. Parents can encourage their children to join them for a fun running event and train with them. Friends can come together and train together and participate together. It really is a run for all.
With such motivation and willingness to be healthy and participate in an event that aims for better lives, the event is well worth supporting and, putting it more simply, participants get a day of fun and fitness.
What are the other aims?
The Doha Dash aims not only to encourage physically active lives, but also to instil a sense of giving. Every year, a percentage of all registration fees is pledged to the official charity of the Doha Dash.
The 2014 dash pledged support to the Shafallah Centre for Children with Special Needs, which received 25 percent of the registration fees as a donation, giving vital funding for the centre. The centre provides comprehensive educational, medical, rehabilitation, social, vocational and recreational services for children with special needs. So run for a cause this year and get dashing around.
The Doha Dash will be held on 10 February at the Losail International Circuit Track and will start early at 7am. Go to www.dohadash.com to register. Losail Circuit, Al Wusail, North Relief Road (4472 9151).