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Emirati to run from the UAE’s East coast to West coast

Saturday 27th January 2018

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Emirati ultramarathon runner Dr Khaled Al Suwaidi will run 327-km from Fujairah to Abu Dhabi in support of cancer charity Rahma from 3rd February 218 


He will begin his run at 6am from Fujairah Port Terminaland it is  expected that he will arrive at passing through Khalifa Port and ending at Zayed Port, Abu Dhabi on 6th February. He will burn a whopping 40,000-50,000 calories, but is planning to consume 30,000 calories by drinking shakes and eating water-retention fruits to help him stay hydrated.


"The run will take me between 60-70 hours. I might sleep for just three hours in those three days.


"I know it's not going to be easy and I'm sure that a lot of things will happen to my mind and body; there will be a lot of pain and suffering, but I'm a firm believer that I will come out as a different person."


Al Suwaidi said: “The run is important for many reasons. I made a commitment to change my lifestyle for the sake of both myself and my family after being diagnosed as pre-diabetic and weighing 125-kg three years ago. In the UAE we all need to consider our own health and the role of both regular exercise and good nutrition.”


After losing almost 60 kgs of his body weight, Dr Al Suwaidi decided to give himself a new challenge to change his outlook towards life. "I was thinking of the most difficult challenges that humans can endure, and looked at ultra-running, but it was rare to find over 300km runs.


Al Suwaidi, who is also the first Emirati to run the 1,200-metre-high Jebel Hafeet up-and-down twice in one day, just last month.


Al Suwaidi will be accompanied by his coach, physio, a paramedic and chef, who will travel alongside the runner in support vehicles.


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