Zayed Charity Marathon in New York will coincide with the UAE’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
The annual global charity event aims to honour the legacy of Sheikh Zayed, the Founding Father.
“Since its launch, the marathon has followed the directives of Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, not only as a race but also as a global charity event dedicated to all people without discrimination, while carrying the name of the man of giving, Sheikh Zayed,” said Lt Gen Mohammed Hilal Al Kaabi, chairman of the Zayed Charity Marathon Supreme Committee.
“For 50 years, we have had profound and solid commercial, artistic, educational and sporting relations with New York City,” he said.
“Nowadays, the marathon has become one of the city’s landmarks, along with the famous Central Park, as people wait for it every year. Most importantly, people saw the contributions of the marathon to providing free medical treatment to many.”
The marathon began in Abu Dhabi in 2001, and the first international event was held in New York in 2005. It is also held in Egypt.
More than 30,000 people took part in the US event last year, Lt Gen Al Kaabi said.
New York state previously announced December 2, 2021 as Emirati Day in recognition of the country’s golden jubilee.