He was there to meet and greet Fitness First members, along with winners of the recent adidas promotion for the ‘Insight running workshop’
Fitness First thanked Haile with a Dhs10,000 donation to Haile’s personal foundation that helps to fight poverty and protect children in Ethiopia.
During an intimate discussion with fellow runners Haile relaxed and talked at length about his preparations as the main competitor for this year’s Dubai Marathon.
Haile shared that “one of the most important parts of training is not going for the long runs but it is the psychological side of the training, sometimes when you are lying in bed and your body is telling you to stay there and not to go and run in the rain you have to be strong and tell yourself to get up and to start, you just have to make the choice to start, then the running becomes easy.”
Gary Knill Fitness First Middle East CEO said that “Fitness First is proud to host such a world class athlete, and offer a chance to our members and friends to interact with somebody who has dominated the world stage for so long. For us to work together with Haile on our ‘YES ! we care’ campaign to help the children we have sponsored in Sierra Leone is a testament to Haile as a person as well as an athlete.”
Haile’s response to the Fitness First facilities was ‘Wow, this is a fantastic place’.
Fitness First regularly hosts world class athletes at its clubs such as the worlds top rugby 7’s players in November and Haile Gebrselassie just a few days before he attempts to break the marathon world record.
Fitness First has 14 clubs across the Middle East and is dedicated to helping the community reach for a healthier lifestyle at the same time as helping those less fortunate than ourselves.
The ‘Yes! we care’ campaign is focused on helping the local community through working closely with and sponsoring local athletes and special needs children. Internationally Fitness First supports the ‘All as One’ Charity by adopting 14 children for 5 years and continually raising awareness and funds for them
the Dubai Marathon is one such event where Fitness First is dedicating all proceeds to the children from ‘All as One’.
adidas is a key sponsor of Fitness First and supplies all the apparel worn by the world class Personal Trainers and fitness team at Fitness First clubs across the region.
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