Recognizing the importance of running as a healthy lifestyle choice, IRM Offshore Services recently supported the Ultra Trail Qatar series as part of its ongoing commitment to corporate social responsibility in the community.
The offshore recruitment company was delighted to demonstrate its support for 100 different runners of over 15 nationalities competing in the events. Coming from all different backgrounds throughout Qatar’s community, the events challenged both experienced and new trail runners to enjoy the excitement and freedom of running off road in the desert.
The three-race challenge, which started with a 15km and 30km run in November 2015, recently culminated on 15 January 2016 with runners tackling a 25km or 50km timed run at Zekreet, nr Dukhan. The 50km distance is officially recognized as the entry-level ultra running distance and it is believed this is the first time such a trail race over this distance has been held in the State of Qatar.
Jaison Francis, Managing Director, IRM Offshore Services said: “it is part of our commitment to the Corporate Social Responsibility program to support the local community. Ultra Trail is such an event that has given us a platform to provide local good causes with the support they need.”
The Ultra Trail Qatar events, all involving trail running, served to support men and women as they ran or walked a set course in the desert over a marked point-topoint course. Events gradually increased in distance throughout the season.
The events were also generously sponsored by Rayaan Water who provided bottled water for the competitors at set checkpoints on the course, which were generously crewed by volunteers.
Organizers decided the races should be free to enter to enable as many participants from across the community to take part, coming together to tackle the desert terrain.
During the final event of the season Tim Drew, a teacher a Qatar Petroleum Dukhan school won the 50km race in a time of 3:33:05, crowning a triple of successes across
the events, while Victor Gomez, won the 25km race in 1:53:42.
In the interests of safety, and to ensure desert trails were not disturbed, numbers were capped at 60 entrants for each of the day’s events.