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Aspire's Urban Adventure tests physical and mental abilities of participants
 


MANEESH BAKSHI

DOHA

ALTOGETHER 19 teams undertook 10 challenges designed to push their mental and physical limits as they moved from one obstacle to another demonstrating cohesive team effort and competing against each other in the first edition of the Aspire Urban Adventure which concluded at Aspire on Saturday.

The teams were allowed the maximum of five hours to complete the course by overcoming the physical obstacles that included among others running, rowing, cycling, kayaking and climbing and the team finishing the race in the shortest time was declared the winner.

In addition, the Adventure featured a mental challenge in the form of the Sudoku puzzle, which added more fun to the event.

"We are happy to receive tremendous response from the general public to the Aspire Urban Adventure. The response is such that we plan to keep some of the teams ready for the forthcoming events such as this one," said Phillip Templar, Venues and Events director at Aspire Logistics.

Inspired by the کRat race' events popular all across the world, the کAspire Urban Adventure' was conceived by Phillip Templar and his team with an objective of providing opportunity for the residents to participate in the fun-filled physical events which Aspire has been organising round the year.

Iahmed Soliman of Hilti 2 while talking to Qatar Tribune said,"It has been an amazing experience participating in a well organised event such as this and am looking forward to participating in more events in future."

Haya al Ghanim, the lone Qatari woman participant belonging to the Urban Chick team, was happy to win the third place in the Women's category of the competition. She said,"I heard about this competition from my sports loving friends who motivated me to participate in the competition and here I am having fun."

Ghanim who is Innovation director at Qatar Foundation said,"More events such as this one will certainly help spreading awareness about the importance of sports among local youth." Ghanim already has signed up for the forthcoming 10K race to be held in December.

British national Steve Wilkinson from the Doha English Speaking School (DESS) was happy over the winning of his team which stood first in the Men's category by finishing all the challenges in mere 52 minutes and 9 seconds.

"Ours is a school community team having participants as young as students to middle aged like myself and as old as a retired school teacher," he said.

Sabrina Figueroa, a Dominican Republic national, said,"Our squad is a mini United Nation as we had participants from different nations all working together as a team to take up this challenge in the true spirit of sports."


 
 

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