(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Doha
Festival City (DHFC) launched its Outdoor Leisure Trail on Saturday,
attracting more than 600 enthusiasts who had the opportunity to
experience family and fitness fun.
Members of the Qatar Cycling
Federation kicked off proceedings with a fast-paced time trial around
the circuit, with David Nichols winning with a time of six minutes and
Participants then walked, ran and cycled their way
around the track surrounding the mall. According to the organisers, race
participants showcased a lot of passion and determination while the
running, walking and cycling sessions drew a huge crowd of both
participants and spectators.
XRebel stunt riders from Xtork
performed three breath-taking shows that wowed spectators, who also
enjoyed a special appearance from Red Bull BMX athlete, Mansour
al-Safran. The riders also gave a number of spectators the chance to
ride BMX bikes and pull some of their own stunts.
Visitors enjoyed a
festival style event with Ikea, Toys R Us, Tim Hortons, Shake Shack, Go
Sport and Red Bull hosting kiosks in the event village.
very excited to welcome our first visitors to the Outdoor Leisure Trail,
it's amazing to see our vision of creating a space for the whole
community, come to life, DHFC general manager Trevor Hill said.
trail has been specially designed for people of all ages and abilities
to enjoy so we want to encourage everyone to come down, try it out and
get active, he stressed. The mountain bike cycle track has 13 different
technical trail features and offers various surfaces with inbuilt
gradients and obstacles to suit all abilities of mountain bikers and was
designed by British company, Architrail.
The running track also has
exercise stations along the route, allowing both casual and more
serious runners to exercise and enjoy the green spaces being created as
part of the project.
Qatar Olympic Committee to celebrate World Walking Day Festival
Olympic Committee (QOC), through the Department of Sports Affairs, will
organise the World Walking Day Festival under the auspices of the World
Organisation for Sport for All (TAFISA) on Thursday at the Museum of
Islamic Art Park. More than 500 students from various schools in Qatar
are participating in the festival.
The Organising Committee has
invited the Ministry of Education and Higher Education to participate in
the event. A number of sports stars have also been invited to
participate in the festival. The event will start at 8am and lasts until
Abdulaziz al-Ghanim, Head of the Societal Unit at QOC
Department of Sports Affairs, said it has completed all preparations for
organising this annual event. World Walking Day is celebrated in
October each year by TAFISA, in order to establish the importance of
exercise, especially walking, because of its great health importance.
The target is young people, who are exhorted to take up walking and make
it a part of their lives.
By organising such an event, Qatar
Olympic Committee aims to introduce the concept of sport for all. It
highlights the rights of members of society in all categories without
exception in participating in non-competitive sports activities that
help to promote physical activity and to raise awareness of the
importance of walking as a sport.