By Sam Bridge
Sheikh Zayed Road was transformed for the first time for Dubai Fitness Challenge 2019, with Dubai Crown Prince leading the way
About 70,000 people joined Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum for the inaugural Dubai Run 30x30 on Friday.
The city’s main artery Sheikh Zayed Road was transformed for the first time into a race track for Dubai Fitness Challenge 2019.
Spearheaded by Sheikh Hamdan, the event featured two courses to ensure it is highly inclusive – a 5km and 10km route.
Starting from the Dubai World Trade Centre, both routes saw a diverse group of runners taking to the streets surrounding some of Dubai’s most iconic landmarks including Burj Khalifa, Dubai Opera, The Dubai Mall and Emirates Towers.
Sheikh Hamdan said: "Today marks a milestone in our mission to make Dubai the most active city in the world - together as one society. I commend the enthusiasm and energy of our people and I am proud of how the people of Dubai – across ages, nationalities and abilities – have come together to create such an inspiring event.
"Congratulations to all those who accepted the challenge. I am confident that you will encourage even more to join over the coming days and make DFC 2019 our most successful edition yet."
Dubai Run 30X30 on Sheikh Zayed Road was presented by DEWA, in association with ARN, Dubai Police, Dubai World Trade Centre, Etisalat and RTA.
Organised by Dubai Tourism and Dubai Sports Council, the Dubai Run is expected to become an annual fixture on the Dubai Fitness Challenge calendar.For all the latest sports news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.