The Himam Trail Run Race wrapped up an exciting event that was held as part of the Al Dhakhiliya Governorate festival, the Al Jabal Al Akhdar Festival. A field of 345 runners from 23 countries participated in the event, infusing an electrifying vibrancy into the festivals.
Dubbed as the 'Taster Run' ahead of the main Himam Trail Run Race in November, the event consisted of two races both for adults and kids, allowing all segment of the community to take part. The 10-kilometre race for adults commenced from the Amir of Qatar castle, nestled above the village of Sayq.
The route led participants to a mountain trail meandering through Al-Shareija's farms and culminating at the charming village. Continuing through a falaj path, the trail ascended to the village of Al-Ain, subsequently reaching Al Aqr village. Participants embraced a competitive spirit as they navigated a dirt path to Dusit2 resort, triumphantly crossing the finish line close by.
In the 10km Race, Abdullah Al Quraini (Oman) secured the first place with a time of 51:04, followed by Mohsen Al Hatmi (Oman) in second place at 52:13, and Amjad Al Jamoudi (Oman) in third with a time of 52:48. In the female category, Ruth Sebastian Alonso (Spain) claimed the top spot, clocking in at 1:23:15, followed by Rahela Abdolamir (Yemen) at 1:28:27, and Natalia Rozario (UK) at 1:29: 07.
The second race covered a 4-kilometer distance, inviting children to embark on an adventure from Hail Al-Yaman. As nature embraced the trail, participants culminated their journey amidst an exuberant crowd at the park, where cheers echoed in celebration of their achievements.
The closing ceremony also served as a moment of homage to veteran champions hailing from Al Jabal Al Akhdar, who have etched their legacy in mountain running.
Khaseef Al Zakwani, Ali Al Falahi, and Zaki Al Jamoudi were honored for their profound contributions in the design and making of traditional and new trails.
Beyond showcasing athleticism, the 'Taster Run' captured the essence of camaraderie, unity, and shared passion, uniting runners from diverse corners of the globe. As anticipation builds, the Himam Trail Run Race eagerly awaits participants for its main course
event in November 23-25, inviting all to embrace the spirit of adventure and exploration amidst the awe-inspiring panorama of the Al Hajar Mountains.