Kenyan superstar athletes to join 10,000 visitors for The Expo Run this Friday

Kenyan superstar athletes to join 10,000 visitors
for The Expo Run this Friday

DUBAI, 15 November 2021 – Visitors to Expo will be embracing their competitive spirit and touring the Expo site like never before this Friday, 19 November – in the company of professional athletes.

The Expo Run is a one-off, sold-out event, with routes of 3km, 5km and 10km, that will take in Country Pavilions, the best of the Sustainability, Mobility and Opportunity Districts, and the Al Wasl dome at the centre.

A highlight of this year’s Dubai Fitness Challenge, around 10,000 runners are expected to take part, including top Kenyan athletes Ferdinand Omanyala Omurwa, Janeth Jepkosgei Busienei, Ezekiel Kemboi Cheboi, Priscah Jeptoo, Bethwell Biwott Yegon, Hellen Nzembi Musyoka and Jonathan Kiplimo Maiyo.

Beginning – fittingly – at the Kenya Pavilion, the race starts at 0700 GST.

Sprinter Ferdinand Omanyala Omurwa recently took part in the Tokyo Olympics, and followed it up with a stunning performance in Nairobi in September, where his 100m time of 9.77 seconds made him the current African record holder and the eighth fastest man of all time.

The other athletes specialise in longer distances. Janeth Jepkosgei Busienei, nicknamed the Eldoret Express, won a gold medal in the 800m at the 2007 World Championships, and silver at the 2008 Olympics. Ezekiel Kemboi Cheboi is a familiar name in the 3,000m steeplechase, which he won at the 2004 and 2012 Olympics, and the 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015 World Championships, and is still the sixth fastest runner in this category of all time.

Priscah Jeptoo, Bethwell Biwott Yegon, Hellen Nzembi Musyoka and Jonathan Kiplimo Maiyo usually focus on the longest races, including marathons, winning in such cities as New York, Paris, London and Berlin. For Maiyo, Dubai may bring back fond memories, as he finished fourth in the marathon here in 2012, and remains in the top-10-fastest times for the race.

All runners receive free entry to Expo 2020 on run day, a custom-made race T-shirt, medal and goodie bag, as well as a timing chip and a downloadable certificate