Etihad Charity Fun Run 2013

In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Abu Dhabi’s national airline, the Etihad Sports and Social Committee organized a charity fun run with all proceeds going to the Zayed Higher Organization Autism Centre.

Event details

Date: Friday, 26 April 2013 | Time: 4:00 PM– 7:00 PM Location: Abu Dhabi Corniche | Starting point: Al Sahil Maydan Distance: 5 KM only | Participants: Open to all UAE residents open age | Fee: 30 AED adults & AED 20 students EtihadFunRun (2) I was there in body but not in spirit.

It was my first fun run in the UAE and I disappointed myself by breaking one major run rule. I ate a huge savory meal just before the run.

I planned my training one month before the run and I only did 3 slow jogs in that one whole month. I have no excuse. I was a lazy unmotivated runner.

EtihadFunRun (3) The only reason I pushed myself to show up is because the running area is close to my house and the weather was too nice to snob. EtihadFunRun (7)

Of the hundred people who showed up, I didn’t know anyone (except for coach and a teammate). That’s how anti-social I am.

I’m happy that way because then I can just quietly sit in my corner observing people and taking random shots of strangers.

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My favorite part of a race is when the whistle blows and everyone loudly howls and burst in a run of pure energy!

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We caused a huge traffic jam in the stretch of Corniche for about an hour.

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Two of the five winners who each won a pair of tickets to any Etihad Airway’s destination were very fit and pretty ladies. I have yet to find a picture of them. I tried taking a shot but there was an army of labor men (non-runners) gawking in front of the stage.

All in all, I didn’t regret showing up. May my little run help an autistic child in some way. God bless their special hearts.

Think of it: a disability is usually defined in terms of what is missing… Autism is as much about what is abundant as what is missing, an over-expression of the very traits that make our species unique. – P. Collins.


2 thoughts on “Etihad Charity Fun Run 2013

  1. Do the runs there have official photographers? If not, you can probably boost your blog views by taking photos and posting them here (if that’s allowed and you have the hosting space).


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