26 January 2022

- More than 150 competitors participated

- FBMA Ladies Run kicks off from Al Ain for the third time

Thursday, 26th January 2022, Abu Dhabi, UAE: The Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy commenced its activities for the current season with the same great and continuous support from current season with the same great and continuous support from Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, President of the General Women’s Union, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation and Chairwoman of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood “Mother of the Nation” and the guidance of H.H Sheikha Fatima Bint Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairwoman of the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy and the President of the Abu Dhabi and the Al Ain Ladies Clubs, through a clear vision that still contributes tremendously to the development of women’s sports, and after the Academy turned the page on the ninth edition of Fatima Bint Mubarak’s International Show Jumping Cup, it re-emerged to organize the Fatima Bint Mubarak Academy Women’s Running Race, in cooperation with Abu Dhabi Sports Council, in which women from all walks of life had participated in Al Ain Zoo’s run consisting of a thrilling series of 3K, 5K,10K races on Saturday 22nd for start time of 7am. Which started off at entrance gates of the park, passing throughout the enclosures of safari area, Desert World, Arabian Animals Habitat, Big Cats Oasis, and return to the end point via same trek at the main entrance to the park.

This type of race also encourages women of all age groups from the local community to be hip to an alternative lifestyle and a movement of health and wellness through jogging, which is one form of exercise that comes natural to the human body. Participation across all age groups is highly encouraged, not to mention the lively atmosphere that enables them to practice many of the sporting activities will in nature & wildlife areas so peaceful and serene vibes within vast green spaces. This edition also witnessed a noticeable increase in the number of participations compared to last year, which falls in line with Academy’s vision of making sports an element of daily use in the lives of Emirati women. In light of the strong support that women’s sports receive from various sides, the successful contestants who went on to win second and third round categories in the championship round, are as follows, "Ms. Margarita O'Flaherty", "Ms. Carolina Calajas" and Ms. "Maha Al Dhaheri", with the aim of encouraging them to actively participate in the coming years.

In this context, FBMA was particularly keen to organize running races for women, over the past years, due to its wide popularity and great turnout amongst women demographic, the past season witnessed a large number of female competitors. Which encouraged them to develop the race on a yearly basis to attract the largest possible number of female runners and joggers, which was reflected through the successes achieved on the ground in various fields of women, and on this occasion would like to take the opportunity to sincerely thank, Abu Dhabi Sports Council, our strategic partner, in addition to the Al Ain Zoo Burjeel Hospital, Al Ain Water, Al Masood Automotive and Daman Company.