DUBAI, 19 November 2021 – Visitors of all ages and abilities embraced their competitive and community spirit today (19 November) for the one-off, sold-out Expo Run, which saw Kenyan athlete Bethwell Biwott Yegon cross the finish line in first place.
Moroccan Yassir Ech Chaachoui took second spot and Kenyan Jonathan Kiplimo Maiyo was third in the male 10km race, which took runners through Expo 2020 Dubai’s Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability districts and Al Wasl dome.
Bethwell Biwott Yegon said: “The world is here, so participating in Expo 2020 Dubai is important to me – and for everyone.”
Yassir Ech Chaachoui said: “I have come here with my father to give my best race at Expo 2020.”
Jonathan Kiplimo Maiyo said: “This is an opportunity for the whole world to come together to represent the best of their country.”
As well as the big-name pro athletes, a diverse field of running enthusiasts from around the world also enjoyed the event.
Leo, 9, said: “I’ve been to Expo a few times now – I really love it and I really love running.”
Tariq Sheikh, an entrepreneur, said: “The Expo Run is really important for all of us, as it offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see all the hard work that has gone into Expo. Additionally, as an entrepreneur, you push boundaries every single day, so it’s great to see everyone challenging themselves.”
Kimmy, a product manager, said: “As the ladies’ captain for running club Dubai Road Runners, this is an exciting opportunity to learn and be a model for children, who are our future.”
The event included a number of categories, alongside the male 10km race: the female 10km race was won by Canadian Jillian Clegg, followed by British runner Karen Williamson in second and Danish athlete Pia Hansske in third; the female 5km race was led home by Gillian Clarke, from Ireland, with British pair Joanne Hocquel and Jasmine Pitman second and third respectively. The male 5km race was won by Moroccan Soufiane Dadour, with his compatriot Abdelali Bouazzaoui second and Malaysian runner Wai Ching Soh third.
In the female 3km race, Amira Ameir and Aliyaa Ameir, both from Tanzania, claimed first and second place respectively, and Sethali Wickramasinghe, from Sri Lanka, came third. In the male 3km race, Mohamed Humaid Al Kindi and Mohamed Al Hammadi, both from the UAE, took first and second respectively, with Sami Fathy, from Uzbekistan, third.
All participants to the Expo Run received free entry to Expo 2020 for the rest of the day, as well as a goodie bag packed featuring a commemorative T-shirt and a medal.
The line-ups for the 10km races additionally starred Kenyan athletes Ferdinand Omanyala Omurwa, Janeth Jepkosgei Busienei, Ezekiel Kemboi Cheboi, Priscah Jeptoo, Hellen Nzembi Musyoka, alongside Bethwell Biwott Yegon and Jonathan Kiplimo Maiyo, who will also take part in the Dubai Run on Sheikh Zayed Road on 26 November.