Amman, Jordan (December 2017) – Final preparations were made for the last running event organized by Run Jordan in 2017, the Ayla Red Sea Half Marathon scheduled on Friday December 8th 2017, under the patronage of HRH Prince Firas Bin Raad. These preparations included on ground follow up meetings with all stakeholders involved including: Civil Defense, Public Security, Traffic police, Gendarmerie, volunteers and others to insure a smooth and successful race.
Under the theme “Run for a Cause”, Ms. Lina El-Kurd, Run Jordan General Manager signed an agreement with Al Haya Charitable Association for Wheat Allergic Patients in Aqaba to support them with part of the race earnings, and with Ajyal Society for the physically handicapped based in to facilitate the participation of their members in the race.
As usual, it is important to point out the role of the volunteers in each race as more than 900 volunteers from all sectors participating in the event. Highlighting the Jordan University- Aqaba Branch in volunteering its students to assist on the day of the race in addition to other volunteers from various youth organizations.
500 students from different public schools in Aqaba took part in this race, as part of Run Jordan’s agreement with The Ministry of Education.
Commenting on Run Jordan’s preparations, Lina El-Kurd said: “Ayla Red Sea Hal Marathon in its 13th edition is around the corner! The marathon will witness a huge participation from our Jordanian athletes and amateurs, regional and international runners; the thing that will help us shedding light on sports tourism to promote Aqaba as a world class Red Sea attraction.”
The race consisted of three categories: 21km, 10km Fun Run and 4.2km Children’s Race. The starting point for the 21km race was the Intercontinental Hotel and end at Revolution Square (Sahet Al Thawra). The 10km event started before the north gate of Ayla project towards Revolution Square and the 4.2km started from Ayla as well through Al Farouq Street towards the Revolution Square.