Sheikh Hamdan thanks Dubai residents for participating in the Dubai Fitness Challenge

The Crown Prince of Dubai praises Ghani Souleyman, a Togolese, who ran an ultramarathon a day for 30 days and Paolo Mangolinan, a Filipino, who swam a 10km a day

Sheikh Hamdan participated in the Dubai Ride Challenge. Courtesy Dubai Media Office
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Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, has expressed his gratitude to all those who participated in the Dubai Fitness Challenge.

“Thank you to everyone who took part in @DXBFitChallenge, an initiative that works to transform Dubai into one of the world’s most active and dynamic cities. It motivated us all to set tougher personal goals and actually achieve them,” he wrote in a heartfelt post on Twitter.

He then went on to highlight the achievements of two particular “stars” of the challenge - Ghani Souleyman, a Togolese, who ran an ultramarathon (45km) a day for 30 days and Filipino Paolo Mangolinan, who swam a marathon distance (10km) a day for 30 days.

This year the fitness challenge, which encourages residents to carve out 30 minutes of time for exercise over a period of 30 days, saw over 1.5 million people take part, according to the organisers of the challenge.

It also had more than 100,000 people participating in Dubai Run while over 20,000 joined the Dubai Ride, which had cyclists taking over Sheik Zayed Road.

The annual fitness event was launched in 2017 by Sheikh Hamdan to encourage residents to adopt healthier lifestyles. This year, the event introduced various social-distancing and virtual features to keep participants safe as they embarked on their fitness journeys.