ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon

Pacers

ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon

3 Hours 20 mins pacer

Name

Sami anis

Personal best for a marathon

2hours 57mins 49seconds

HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU BEEN A RUNNER?

I started my running journey in 2010, believe it or not I signed up directly into full marathon distance, yes 42 km was the first race I had participated. In the last few years, I started to enjoy triathlon sport as well, I finished my first Ironman in 2021 and several other triathlon races.

WHAT MAKES YOU RUN? WHY DO YOU ENJOY IT?

Running captured my heart years ago, it’s a great sport to stay fit and doesn’t require anything but running shoes. Long-distance running taught me to be tolerant - it’s physically exhausting but mentally and emotionally recharging. I find big reasons to attend big races; I am dedicating my run in London Marathon on 2nd of October for my father who passed away on October 3rd 2021. Finding a real purpose for each race makes it special and memorable and of course , there is nothing like the feeling of accomplishment when crossing finish line.

GREATEST RUNNING ACHIEVEMENT

Mid 2021 I had started tough training with an ambitious goal for Berlin marathon in Sep 2021. Like everyone in the middle of the pandemic, I was stressed and mentally exhausted and struggling with all restrictions and uncertainty. I wanted to raise the bar and finish a major marathon in Berlin under 3 hours. Eventually it was one of the greatest moments in my life when I crossed the finish line in 2:59:35. This result qualified me for Boston Marathon, another great achievement and stunning moment of my life finishing it in 2:57:49.

3 Hours 40 mins pacer

Name

DIYAA BENKHADRA

Personal best for a marathon

3hours 29MINS

HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU BEEN A RUNNER?

15 years.

WHY DO YOU RUN?

Running for me is a daily routine, lifestyle and a discipline. I enjoy it because it keeps me positive, energetic and it releases life stress.

GREATEST RUNNING ACHIEVEMENT

The greatest achievement for me was to lose weight. With consistent training and discipline I managed to reduce a lot of weight to become a fit person. Another great achievement is guiding other runners to do their first marathon by coaching them and providing all tips during training , what a great moment when they finish their first marathon and come back to you with a lovely smile and a lot of stories to tell about their first marathon experience.

WHAT ELSE SHOULD WE KNOW ABOUT YOU?

Apart from running, I love hiking and mountain climbing. This year I managed to climb 2 summits: Matterhorn in Swiss Alps and Mount Toubkal in Morocco. I believe we should always have a new challenge that will motivate us to work hard to achieve it.

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE

I’m always inspired by the quote said by Eluid Kipichoge “Only disciplined ones are free in life”.

4 Hours pacer

Name

wilter mendez

Personal best for a marathon

3hours 34mins

HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU BEEN A RUNNER?

5 years.

WHY DO YOU RUN?

Being far away to my family, I felt very homesick so started to run to keep my mind distracted from these feelings. Running makes me feel great. I love the nature and surroundings. Although I started running a bit later (36 years) and as an asthmatic, I was really scared to start an activity like this but when I surrounded myself with a friends and other runners, I was amazed what I could achieve. It’s just a matter of self-confidence and good people around you. Through running, I have become healthy and happy.

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE

It doesn’t matter how many times we fall, what matter is how we STAND after we fall.

4 Hours 30 mins pacer

Name

gyula jonas

Personal best for a marathon

3hours 1min 58secs

HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU BEEN A RUNNER?

I started my long distance running journey over 20 years ago, in 2001. I ran my first half-marathon in 2002, my first marathon in 2005, my first Ultra-distance (198km) in 2009 and completed an Iron Man in 2010.

WHAT MAKES YOU RUN? WHY DO YOU ENJOY IT?

People run for different reasons. Some want to get faster, some want to get fitter, some want to lose weight, some just to socialize and some try to escape from everyday problems and release some stress. I am the opposite; whatever happens, I run. It is my challenge, my meditation, my social activity, my confidence booster, my magic trick that keeps me young, I run to enjoy beautiful places, I run because the sun is shining, I run because it rains, I run because it is dark. I run to be alone and focus on myself, I run to create life plans, I run to let the steam out or I run simply to enjoy music. As much as I enjoy running alone, I also love to run to be with like-minded people. I run to afford pizzas and burgers on cheat days and to beat my personal best and to stand on the podium. I run to inspire others and more importantly, I run to make others better. I am happy when I can see their progress and results.

GREATEST RUNNING ACHIEVEMENT

The greatest achievement is always the one I haven’t done yet… That gives the motivation to continue. Because the achievement I have already completed is already behind me. It won’t make me go further. I ran some great races, overachieved some goals, some just missed, yet I am proud of all of them. But I am most proud of is all the people who started to run because of me, or the ones I supported through the obstacles at the beginning to achieve their goals. I have been part of so many PBs, weight losses and unbelievable progresses. I value them more, than my own.

ANYTHING ELSE YOU THINK THE AUDIENCE MAY LIKE TO KNOW OR BE MOTIVATED BY

Running is amazing because it is the fairest sport I know. You don’t need to be talented or gifted to run. You don’t need expensive equipment or a special track or environment. It doesn’t matter if you are tall, short, thin or curvy, old or young. What you invest in your training, is exactly what you can take from your body on race day. You don’t even need competition, as you only need to be better than you were yesterday. You must believe in the process, if you have done the work, you can be confident you will get the win. YOUR win. It may not be the podium, but the goal you set for yourself. Even if it is as simple as to finish the race.

Name

hilal salman

Personal best for a marathon

3hours 47mins

HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU BEEN A RUNNER?

6 years, since 2016.

WHAT MAKES YOU RUN? WHY DO YOU ENJOY IT?

I run to challenge myself, and achieve new targets, I enjoy running as it reliefs all work and life stress and it maintains good body health condition.

GREATEST RUNNING ACHIEVEMENT

Greatest Running Achievement was finishing Comrades 92km Marathon in 28 August 2022.

WHAT ELSE SHOULD WE KNOW ABOUT YOU?

I target to run a marathon every month, the best streak I achieved is running 15 Marathon in 14 months. ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon 2022 will be my personal marathon number 34.

Name

masaki macavinta

Personal best for a marathon

4hours 18mins

HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU BEEN A RUNNER?

14 years now, I started running since 2009.

WHAT MAKES YOU RUN? WHY DO YOU ENJOY IT?

RUNNING will make you a better person. I enjoy it because whether you progress through life thinking only about yourself, or are regularly scheduling time to self-reflect, running will make you a better person. It is a unique sport that challenges us to compete against ourselves. It helps us see our progress, discover what sets us up for success, find motivation from within, and encourages us to create new goals. This sport has as many mental benefits as it does physical. Not only will you gain strength, lose weight and increase your fitness as you continue running, you’ll also gain perspective, patience, mental strength, willpower, grit and gratitude. No matter why you began or where you are now, running continues to help each and every one of us become a better person and hold us accountable each and every day. Im a Covid-19 Nurse Responder and I am proud that even with this job, it hasn’t stopped me training for a marathon no matter how hectic my schedule is.

GREATEST RUNNING ACHIEVEMENT

I guess It would be that time when I joined the first ever Indoor Marathon from Asics in hopes to broaden the awareness of people on how important staying at home while getting fit during the start of the Covid-19 Pandemic.

5 Hours pacer

Name

joan carrera

Personal best for a marathon

4hours 28mins

HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU BEEN A RUNNER?

5 years.

WHY DO YOU RUN?

Running is the best way for me to maintain a healthy lifestyle and continue inspiring people who want to get or stay fit and healthy.

GREATEST RUNNING ACHIEVEMENT

Personal achievements depend on how high you set your limits. I try to set myself a target and use that to motivate me and push myself.

Name

phanexis avila

Personal best for a marathon

4hours 29mins

HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU BEEN A RUNNER?

5 years.

WHY DO YOU RUN?

My father is diabetic, and I wanted to try to avoid it so I chose to pursue a healthy lifestyle. Runing is one easy daily activity that I can fit into my life. I have made many friends through running and this has made me love it even more. We all have different reasons to run, but the one thing we have in common is that we all love it. Enjoying good company, keeping fit and enjoying our city is the perfect combination.

GREATEST RUNNING ACHIEVEMENT

I love helping to inspire those that doubt themselves. When they achieve something they didn’t think was possible, it is the best moment.

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE

Always believe in yourself, you can do the impossible things.

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