Aspire Logistics’ third annual Aquathon kicked off on Saturday, with over 500 participants between the ages of 8 and 63 converging on Aspire Zone to compete following the introduction of new age categories to this year’s series.
Rene Baki, from the United States, took part along with her husband and two sons, aged 10 and 16. Having competed in previous years as part of a team, this was the first time Rene had completed both the run and the swim.
“We have lived in Doha for three years, and it is wonderful seeing more events like these taking place. This is a fantastic race. Aspire Zone has created a very well laid out track,” she said. “My son is hoping to turn the Aquathon into a school project and is trying to get his classmates to sign up and compete as a team.”
Fares and Nada Benlamouar, brother and sister from Algeria, are also going to encourage their friends to take part. “We live in Al Khor where my sister and I are members of a local swimming school. Next Aquathon, we are hoping our friends will also participate, so we can enter an Al Khor team,” said 8-year-old Fares.
The well-attended event sought to nurture the talents of both elite athletes and the wider public, and gave participants the opportunity to swim in the pool at Aspire Dome and run around Aspire Park. With nine age categories available for children, adults, veterans and teams, the Aquathon feature
d courses of varying distances, allowing all members of the community to compete to their own potential.
The second race is set to take place on November 30. Entry is open to all applicants aged eight years and over.