RunQ8, the annual charity initiative organized by Fawzia Sultan Rehabilitation Institute (FSRI) and founding partner Agility, organized its sixth edition which witnessed involvement of more than 2,000 participants from across Kuwait on 12 November. The participants gathered at The Scientific Center for the start of the two races that were marked 5km and 10km respectively. The competitive athletes and runners gave it their best, competing for the top prizes, while others opted to jog or preferred to walk leisurely in the company of family and friends.
Succeeding in the first place in the women’s adult division was Renata Hoppova with the second and third place secured by Taiba Al-Nouri and Amal Al-Roumi. In the male division, Pedro Carvalho came in first followed by Tito Rodriguez and Ahmmad Bahrami in second and third place respectively. In the youth category of participants ages 16 to 18, the athletic prowess of Noora Al Sabah earned her the first prize in the female category with Abdulaziz Al Duaij receiving first place in the male category.
RunQ8 introduced a new addition to their category list called the ‘Master Division’ to recognize the efforts of participants between the ages of 55 and above. In that category, Patricia Petrelli and Ronald Scott won the first prizes for females and males respectively.
The 5km competition was a thrilling endeavor for the participants and in the female and male categories, the top runners Lulu Al Askar and Sulaiman Abdulrahman showed their mettle against the odds.
RunQ8 was clearly fun for everyone whether you used the opportunity to enjoy a fun outing or for runners to test their athletic abilities in the track competition. A RunQ8 Village allowed the supporters of the runners to assemble where they could partake in a variety of offerings such as snacks, beverages and others from booths set up by local vendors and businesses. Also at the RunQ8 Village there were a variety of fun activities throughout the day, including many fitness sessions to help participants understand the importance of exercise.
RunQ8 was sponsored by a number of local companies and organizations, including RunQ8’s Founding Partner Agility; Platinum Sponsor The Promenade Mall; Venue Sponsor The Scientific Center; Silver Sponsors Al-Ruwayeh & Partners (ASAR) and EQUATE; Bronze Sponsors Fitness First and Intersport, Friend Sponsors Jumeriah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa, Porsche Behbehani Motors, Al-Essa Health Shop and Ikea.
RunQ8 is one the most well-known charity sporting events that raises funds in support of FSRI’s Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC) - a non-profit pediatrics facility that helps children with disabilities get the specialized interdisciplinary treatment and care they need, often by subsidizing the cost.
CERC is instrumental in ensuring that the weaker sections of society receive affordable treatments. RunQ8 is also organized with the intention to raise public awareness on health issues affecting communities in Kuwait, supporting medical institutions, and encouraging society to prioritize their health through exercise.