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US-based Fasting 5K holds run for a cause

Ailyn Agonia


FASTING 5K, a US-based initiative aimed at creating a network of communities that run for a cause, held its first Doha edition at the Corniche near the Museum of Islamic (MIA) Park on Saturday.

About 20 runners, majority fasting for the Holy Month of Ramadan, took part in the global initiative focusing on empowering communities and the youth with a spirit of self-reliance and service by encompassing in its fold the discipline of fasting, running, and charitable giving.

The Doha Fasting 5K chapter was held simultaneously with five US cities namely Boston, Detroit, Austin, Southern California and Washington.

According to Viqar Hussain, one of the founders of Fasting 5K, the initiative has so far raised about $30,000 from the six venues of Fasting 5K this year.

The proceeds of the Doha race will go to Qatar Charity and the Palestinian Children Relief Fund (PCRP), a non-political, non-profit organisation helping children in conflict areas in the Middle East.

"I am a student of the Law School in New York. I am here in Doha doing a legal internship. As one of the founders of this initiative, they asked me if I can organise a run here.

"Fasting 5K is a great mission with zero profit and zero gain as far as the organisers. We basically pay for the t-shirts and refreshments and 100 percent of the donations go to the charity in the community where we organised the race. It is great to bring the initiative here in Doha especially as fitness and sports are highlighted in the country in view of the FIFA World Cup 2022," Viqar told Qatar Tribune.

The young humanitarian led the runners in Doha. Safety measures were emphasised including proper warm-up to ensure the safety of the participants before the mini race commenced. The event concluded with distribution of iftar meals to the runners.

"I am hoping that somebody from here can continue this initiative. We organised our very first event last year with just 20 runners and this year we had about 60 participants. The funds we have been able to raise this year from the six cities have surpassed last year's mark and the initiative is growing in strength," he added.


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