'Al-Ahsa Runs': 1500 women run in Saudi Arabia's first-ever marathon

Henrietta Strickland
March 5, 2018

A press release issued on Saturday said the armed forces of Saudi Arabia inaugurated the event with the participation of local and worldwide companies in Riyadh. Most of the participants dressed in traditional Islamic attire, raced in eastern Al-Ahsa region at Weekend.

Saudi competitor Mizna Al Nassar came in first place, completing the race in 15 minutes.

The Saudi General Directorate of Sports, al-Moosa Hospital and al-Ahsa municipality sponsored the marathon. According to Al Arabiya, the 28-year-old graphic designer began running in 2014.

Just to note, as recently as in late February, Riyadh hosted its first global half-marathon, which prompted a slew of complaints on social media about the absence of women partaking in the event.

The program, which was recently launched by the Saudi Ministry of Labor and Social Development in cooperation with the Human Resources Development Fund, aims to contribute to the goals of the National Transition Program in supporting working women and helping them overcome the challenges they face.

The kingdom's General Entertainment Authority also said last month it will stage more than 5,000 festivals and concerts in 2018 - double the number of previous year - and pump $64 billion in the sector over the coming decade.

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