ABU DHABI: An Indian runner ran solo from Abu Dhabi to Dubai covering a distance of 118 kms in 27 hours to inspire the youth of United Arab Emirates to make fitness a priority.
Bengaluru-based Aakash Nambiar, an ultra- marathon runner, began his long distance run along the E11 highway on January 25 from the Abu Dhabi Corniche and reached Ibn Battuta Mall in Dubai hours later on January 26, the Gulf news reported on Friday.
“I took the challenge because I wanted to create health awareness with a strong message for the youth of UAE to take fitness as a priority,” Aakash was quoted as saying.
“Healthcare is of superior quality in the UAE but there is still a prevalence of (non-communicable) disease such as diabetes, cancer and heart problems. These are more of lifestyle diseases,” said 30-year-old Aakash, aka the ‘Barefoot Mallu’.
“There is also a high case of obesity and smoking. People even under the age of 35 are not physically active. So, inspired by my friend, Khaled Al Suwaidi, who ran from Abu Dhabi to Mecca, I attempted my own run to convey a message to everyone to take care of their health,” adds Aakash.
The Abu Dhabi-Dubai run is, however, not the first ultramarathon for Aakash Nambiar.
Before coming to the UAE, Aakash covered 120 km from Colombo to Punavathuna in Sri Lanka.
Aakash Nambiar, who is a native of Kerala, is planning another long-distance run in the next five months.