For the fifth consecutive year, Aspire Zone Foundation is organising the Aspire Torch Staircase Run which will take place on March 19 at THE TORCH Doha. Registration for this competition is now open and interested individuals who are16 years old and above can visit www.lifeinaspire.qa for registration and regulations.
This year’s edition is exclusively for citizens and residents, and will include a number of activities to observe “Earth Hour”, which is coinciding with the day and time of the event.
The challenge route will consist of 1,304 steps as runners will have to make their way to the top of the 300m tower to the 51st floor. Male and female categories include: 16-17 year olds, 18-39 year olds, 40 years and above for professionals, a category for the hotel’s catering staff and a “Go Green” Fun Earth Hour themed costume (open category for 16 years old and above) where the best costume will win a prize.
Mr. Abdullah Al Khater, Events Manager at Aspire Zone Foundation, said: “Organising this activity for the fifth consecutive year and making it exclusive to citizens and residents comes in line with the Foundation’s efforts to strengthen healthy lifestyles amongst the community through providing unique platforms for exercise, which contributes towards encouraging people to follow healthy behaviours. This activity is just an example of the various activities that Aspire Zone Foundation organises year-round, in order to provide the community with the opportunity to enjoy their favourite sport and making it their lifestyle”.
Mr. Sherif Sabry, Hotel Manager at the Torch Doha, said: “The Torch Doha is proud to host such prestigious event for the fifth year in coordination with Aspire Zone Foundation. The event has witnessed great participation, success and exposure locally and internationally in previous editions. We believe that this year’s event will be another success especially since it is targeting the local community in the occasion of Earth Hour and serves the purpose of encouraging the sports for all participants”.
Furthermore, Aspire Zone Foundation will be observing “Earth Hour” through an art recycling competition for children, which aims to trigger children’s creativity and use it towards building art through recyclable objects, such as plastic bags, papers and bottles. Prizes for the best ideas will be distributed to participants.
THE TORCH hotel will also be observing Earth Hour by switching off all external lights, during which time participants will use the power of cycling to light up the tower and Aspire Zone area.
Participants in the Aspire Torch Staircase Run and related activities will have the chance to win a variety of prizes. Additionally, the Foundation has allocated a family zone that will host a number of entertaining activities to suit all ages and groups.
About Aspire Zone Foundation:
Aspire Zone has grown significantly since its inception as an international sport destination in 2003. The official umbrella, the “Aspire Zone Foundation” (AZF), was established by Emiri decree on 1 January 2008.
The goal of Aspire Zone Foundation is to develop sports champions, promote healthy lifestyle and galvanize the sports economy. All member organizations of AZF have their individual role to play in realizing the AZF Mission. The Aspire Zone umbrella brand currently comprises three strategic member organizations.
Integrated below the strategic members, which are specialized in businesses focusing on various fields such as venues and events management, hospitality, sports education, sports medicine, communication or commerce.
All businesses have been integrated to serve, enhance or perfect AZF in its development to become the worldwide reference in sports excellence.
Aspire Academy established in September 2004 and has developed into one of the world leading elite sport institutes.
Aspetar, the first advanced sports medicine hospital of its kind in the Gulf region and one of the leading in the world commenced its operations in 2007. It has meanwhile achieved a pioneering international reputation and is recognized as a FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence.
Aspire Logistics is the backbone and custodian of Aspire Zone venues. It manages all venues, as well as international sports events and conferences.