Doha – Qatar
Celebrated Olympic, world & European champion, and recently knighted, Britain’s distance runner Mo Farah will be taking part in the Ooredoo Doha Marathon to be run on January 12, 2018, organisers Ooredoo and Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) have announced. PRO TV QATAR is the exclusive producer for the event.
Mo Farah became the first athlete to win three long-distance doubles at successive World Championships and Olympic Games securing his place in the history books when he won double gold in the 5,000m and 10,000m at the Rio Olympics in 2016.
His participation in the half marathon event in Doha, will be his first event of 2018. It will also be his first under his new coach, Gary Lough, who coached women’s marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe.
The half marathon in Doha will be an important step towards the London Marathon to be held in April 2018 where Farah will battle with the Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge.
On his coming to Doha, the 34-year-old Somali-born Mo (Mohamed) Farah said,”I am really looking forward to opening my 2018 season in Doha. I am looking forward to the event as a chance to test myself on the fast and flat run along Doha, and also to hopefully check out the city.”
The invitational elite half marathon will be part of the Ooredoo Doha Marathon which includes a full marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K events for adults and youth as well as 3K and 1K events for children.
Over the past five years, the Ooredoo Doha Marathon has steadily grown to become the largest mass participation event in Qatar attracting runners from over 50 nationalities.
Farah continued,”I also look forward to running alongside my fellow elite athletes and spending time with amateur athletes and spectators at the marathon. Doha is a truly international city, and that makes for a great atmosphere and overall experience.”
During his stay in Qatar’s capital, Farah and other top international athletes will be visiting schools and universities to give talks and coach students. They are also scheduled to attend public events where fans will have a unique chance to meet their heroes.
whether you’re running for health, for fun, or for a great cause, we hope that together we can make the Marathon a shining example of Qatar’s ability to host international sporting events, and inspire everyone to get active.”
The Qatar Tourism Authority and Ooredoo are calling on runners, new and experienced, in Qatar and from around the world to join Mo Farah in Qatar’s capital city, Doha.