Muscat: Mall of Muscat, Oman’s premier shopping destination, played host to the historic Muscat Refresh Race 2023, Sultanate’s first indoor running marathon that brought together passionate runners spanning all age groups. The race featured four distinct categories, including a 5000-metre challenge for men, a 5000-metre run for women, a 1000-meter contest for children aged 10-12, and an exciting 300-metre fun run tailored for children aged three to nine.
There were a total of 186 participants in the men’s and women’s categories combined, while the children’s category had 120 participants. While the men's race started at 7:00 am, the women's race began at 8:00 am, and the children’s race took place at 4:00 pm.
Abdullah Salim Al Qarini claimed victory with a time of 15:27.11, closely followed by Abdellah Hassan Ousghir at 15:30.78 and Muhssen Suleiman Al Hatmi, who secured third place with a time of 15:34.00.
A spokesperson for Mall of Muscat said, “The Refresh Race 2023 Marathon served as a resounding testament to our unwavering dedication to fostering an active and healthy lifestyle among the community. We were truly elated to witness the remarkable turnout of individuals spanning all age groups, united by their passion for fitness and the sheer joy of running. Our sincerest gratitude goes out to every participant, invaluable sponsors, dedicated volunteers, and the supportive local community for their enthusiastic involvement. We also wish to express our heartfelt thanks to the local authorities whose steadfast support played an instrumental role in bringing this event to life. The collective efforts and commitment of all involved were instrumental in making this race a resonant success, furthering our shared mission of promoting a healthier way of life.”
Mall of Muscat served as the venue sponsor, while Dr. Nutrition provided support as the nutrition and energy drink sponsor. Chulha Oman, an Indian cuisine restaurant, was the official beverage sponsor for the event. Additionally, a group of other valued sponsors included UFC Gym, Healthy Habit, Oman Running Team, Muscat Track, One Way Team, Garmin, Bausher Club, and Rovers Bausher Club. The prize money to the winners was sponsored by Janaab Sayyid and Muhallab Mundhir Majid Al Said.
Incorporating an expanse of approximately 200,000 square meters and providing more than 3000 parking spaces, the Mall of Muscat boasts a substantial area. Beyond its shopping allure, Mall of Muscat presents a host of family-centric attractions, including a cinema, an entertainment zone, and other engaging features. Remarkably, it also hosts the Oman Aquarium, the largest and only public aquarium within the Sultanate. With an impressive array of 240+ brands spanning across fashion, lifestyle, sports, and electronics, Mall of Muscat offers an unparalleled luxurious experience.