The Saudi Football Coach Was 1 Of 10 Thousand Participants In The First Ever Riyadh Marathon

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10,000 participants showed up for the Kingdom’s first marathon with runners from all over the world including Saudi’s National Football coach, Hervé Renard

Thousands of runners woke up Friday morning and made their way to the Kingdom’s first ever marathon at King Saud University. The 42-kilometer race started at 6:15am, as runners passed through the historic district of Diriyah, made their way down Prince Mohammed bin Salman Road, through the King Abdullah Financial center, finally returning back to the university.

There were a total of 57 per cent of Saudi runners in the marathon of which the rest were from different parts of the world


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Winners of the race were given a prize of 2 million riyals! Founder of MoveRiyadh, Nelly Attar, also posted the experience on her Instagram and was all smiles! This was the first time a full-on marathon had taken place in the Kingdom, and was all the buzz this weekend. Cheerleaders and the local communities all cheered and supported the runners at every path!

Fitness and well-being enthusiast Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal Al-Saud also showed up to inaugurate the run and announce the Ethiopian champions in both male and female categories

This was the first official marathon in the Kingdom which was clearly a huge success!


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