Posted on October 05, 2016

Organised in 2011 for the first time as part of Doha College’s 30th anniversary celebrations, the DC 5km and 10km Run has gathered momentum with each subsequent edition and is now a highlight of Qatar’s sporting scene.

The race has grown in popularity as well as performance levels, and the times that the runners achieve each year are consistently excellent, as shown by these figures for the Open 10K category:

Year

male

time

female

time

5 Dec 2015

Andrew Jones

00:32:09

Katie Palfreeman

00:39:04

31 Oct 2014

Andrew Jones

00:32:18

Rebecca Botwright

00:38:32

22 Nov 2013

Tom Whateley

00:34:32

Rebecca Botwright

00:38:07

16 Nov 2012

Richard Kanyugi

00:33:01

Rebecca Botwright

00:40:39

18 Nov 2011

Tom Whateley

00:36:02

Katherine Houston

00:42:50

 

Supported by Aspire Zone, the Doha College Race has attracted large numbers of participants, starting from 300 back in 2011 to around 1,000 in more recent years. Some of them walk, some jog, some take an “interval” approach. Some do it for their own health and fitness, some do it for special causes, while others do it to just enjoy the outdoors and the green surroundings of the astonishingly beautiful Aspire Park. This setting, ideally equipped for all kinds of physical activity around its outdoors track, boasts the iconic Torch Hotel and world class sports facilities that expand into a separate 5km and 10km race and brings runners from Qatar and beyond.

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“The purpose of the Doha College Run is to encourage health, fitness and fun in our community,” said Dr Steffen Sommer, Principal of Doha College. “Pursuing the same aims as other Aspire Zone Foundation initiatives like ‘Step into Health’ or ‘Doha GOALS’, our school engages the young generation into an active and energetic take on healthy living.” This year’s run will bring both motivated new and seasoned runners to the Aspire, on Saturday 12 November 2016, with races starting from 7am.  Again we have an exclusive invitation to collect your registration kit for the Doha College Run during the IAU 50km Ultramarathon World Championships on the evening of 11 November.

To register for this event, log on to: www.premieronline.com.

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