In its effort to promote healthy lifestyles and competitive sports in the Sultanate, Bank Sohar participated as the Gold Sponsor for the recently completed Al Amerat Challenge Race. The second edition of the event saw the participation of over 1,000 local and international athletes who took part in the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) sanctioned marathon on February 14 at the Amerat-Boushar Mountain Road.
Organised by Excellence Performance in cooperation with Oman Athletic Association (OAA) and various ministries and government departments, the Al Amerat Challenge is the first (AIMS) sanctioned race to be held in the Sultanate. The race took place on February 14 at the Amerat-Boushar Mountain Road and witnessed the participation of 1,080 participants in both the 9km race and the 1.8km fun race categories.
The prize distribution ceremony for the winners took place under the auspices of H.E. Shiekh Rashad Ahmed Mohammed Al Hinai, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Sports Affairs. Representing Bank Sohar at the prize distribution ceremony were Mr. Salim Khamis Al Maskri, Senior AGM of Branches, Mr. Abdullah Hamed Al Mahmoodi, Chief Manager of Events and Promotions and Mr. Abdullah Al Shidi, Al Amerat Branch Manager.
Commenting on the Bank’s sponsorship of the event, Mr. Rashad Ali Al Musafir, Acting CEO of Bank Sohar said, “Encouraging a healthy lifestyle within the community has always been given great importance at Bank Sohar and this has been emphazied in most of the events we organise and support. Events such as these not only promote healthy living but also inspire professionalism and sportsmanship; in addition to showcasing the Sultanate’s capability of hosting such world class sporting events. With over 1,000 participants the event was a grand success and we are pleased to have been a part of it.”
The Al Amerat Challenge Race was split into three categories. The first was the main 9km Challenge Race, which was open to both men and women above 17 years of age and saw the participation of over 400 athletes. The top four finishers each received a medal and a cash prize while the fifth to eighth place winners were each presented with a smart phone. Abdullah al Joud of Saudi Arabia came out on top in the men’s challenge race, while Naomi Jepkogsei of Kenya took the first place in the women’s challenge race.
They each received $4,000 and a medal. The second Challenge Race was designed for boys and girls under the age of 17. Keertan Sweehialy from India took first place in the boy’s race, while Nirali Patel, also from India, took first place in the girl’s race. In addition to the main challenge races there was also a fun race held over a shorter 1.8km course. The first 300 to finish the latter each received a medal as well as a free fitness centre membership and vouchers.
“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the winners and also commend the organizers on a job well done. Bank Sohar has always been at the forefront of supporting such sports events and tournaments and aims to continue to do so in the years to come,” added Mr. Rashad Ali Al Musafir.