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Over 1,500 take part in Ayla Red Sea Half Marathon in Aqaba

Race going from strength to strength, says Prince Firas

09 December, 13:43
Over 1,500 take part in Ayla Red Sea Half Marathon in Aqaba (ANSA) - Aqaba, December 9 - The Ayla Red Sea Half Marathon took place on Friday under the patronage of Prince Firas, the chairman of Run Jordan, with the participation of more than 1,500 runners, who escaped the rainy weather in Amman to enjoy a day of sunshine in Aqaba. Talking to the media, Prince Firas commended the efforts of participants and volunteers and highlighted the half marathon's role in promoting a healthy lifestyle.

"The Ayla Red Sea Half Marathon, which is accredited by the International Athletics Federation, is an international event organized in Aqaba for the 10th year," the prince said.

"This year's event was a remarkable success and reached higher levels of excellence in terms of participation and media coverage, exceeding previous successes.

"We are looking forward to next year's event, which will further promote sports and athletics among young people," he added, noting that next year's event would also aim at promoting tourism in Jordan.

The prince said the idea of having more events in southern governorates will be discussed by organizers.

"It is time to have a couple of events in the south, especially for students, and hopefully we will study this issue soon," he said.

Meanwhile, Sahl Dudin, the managing director of the Ayla Oasis Development Company, said the company will continue to support the marathon for another three years. Winners were honored at a special ceremony in Athawra Plaza.

The race is sponsored by the Ayla Oasis Development Company, the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority, the Aqaba Development Corporation and many other companies and media partners. The event created an amazing atmosphere in the city of Aqaba. Involving local residents, tourists and expats, Aqaba's streets proved well suited to such an event.