Race Challenge by the St. Regis Saadiyat Island to Raise Cash for Children’s Healthcare

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Published November 23rd, 2017 - 09:13 GMT
Abu Dhabi will host a race challenge on its beach on the 8th of December to raise funds for children’s healthcare.
Abu Dhabi will host a race challenge on its beach on the 8th of December to raise funds for children’s healthcare.

The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi will host a race challenge on its beach on the 8th of December to raise funds for children’s healthcare.

The biathlon, in aid of Al Jalila Foundation, will appeal to all family members from toddlers to adults, who are invited to join the ‘Run, Swim, Run’ competition on the second Friday of December at 8am sharp.

“Giving back to the community in which we operate is one of our top priorities at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi,” said its hotel manager, Marwan Fadel.

“With the mild winter weather now upon us, we have decided to host an event outdoors – one that will bring guests and Abu Dhabi residents together. People of all ages and abilities are welcome to join us for this fun-filled competition.”

The race will have six entry categories tailored to suit different age groups. Junior and adult entrants must complete two 1,600-metre runs plus a 500-meter swim in between. Cadets, aged 11 to 14, must complete two half-kilometer runs, with a 250-metre swim in between, while Tiny Nippers, under the age of 10, will be put through their paces with two 200-meter dashes, plus a 50-meter wade.

Entry costs AED 150 per person. All funds raised will go to Al Jalila Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to medical education and research. Founded in 2013 by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, it grants scholarships to student physicians and funds research into the Arabian Gulf’s most prevalent conditions.

The ‘Run, Swim, Run’ race is a continuation of the Road to Awareness philanthropic campaign organized by the hotel’s parent company, Marriott International. The money raised on Saadiyat Island will be donated to the foundation’s pediatric program, named ‘Farah’, which means ‘happiness’ in Arabic. It provides life-saving treatment and funds cutting-edge research into serious childhood illnesses, offering hope to countless youngsters and their families.

Tickets are on sale at premieronline.com. To learn more about The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi, visit stregissaadiyatisland.com or call +971 2 498 8888.

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Starwood Hotels

Starwood Hotels represents one of the world's largest hotel and leisure companies. It conducts its hotel and leisure business both directly and through its subsidiaries. Its brand names include St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, W, Westin, Le Méridien, Sheraton, Four Points, Aloft, and Element

Starwood Hotels' business emphasizes the global operation of hotels and resorts primarily in the luxury and upscale segment of the lodging industry. It seeks to acquire interests in, or management or franchise rights with respect to properties in this segment. At December 31, 2009, its hotel portfolio included owned, leased, managed and franchised hotels totaling 979 hotels with approximately 292,000 rooms in approximately 100 countries, and is comprised of 63 hotels that it owns or leases or in which it has a majority equity interest, 440 hotels managed by the company on behalf of third-party owners and 476 hotels for which it receives franchise fees. 

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