The Higher Organising Committee of the Zayed Charity Marathon has announced a groundbreaking development for India – the inaugural edition of the renowned marathon is set to take place in the vibrant state of Kerala in 2024. This event marks a significant collaboration between Kerala State authorities and the Indian community residing in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), strengthening the cultural and economic ties between the two regions.
A Marathon for a Noble Cause
The Zayed Charity Marathon is not just a sporting event; it’s a beacon of hope for charitable causes. Since its inception in 2001 in Abu Dhabi, this marathon has been a platform for raising funds and spreading humanitarian and charitable messages that echo the legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Former President of the United Arab Emirates. Sheikh Zayed’s philanthropic impact extended across the globe, including charitable and humanitarian institutions in the United States and Egypt, and now, it’s set to reach India.
Supporting Healthcare Initiatives
The proceeds from the Zayed Charity Marathon in Kerala will be dedicated to supporting healthcare initiatives in the state. With a focus on innovative cancer research and treatments, this marathon aims to make a tangible impact on the lives of those in need. Additionally, the event will offer substantial monetary prizes for the winners, with a total prize fund of (United Arab Emirates Dirham) AED1 million.
Kerala-UAE Friendship Soars
The announcement of the marathon in Kerala underscores the enduring friendship between Kerala and the UAE. These two regions share deep-rooted cultural and economic ties, and this marathon serves as a testament to their ever-strengthening bond.
A Boost for Tourism and Economy
The Zayed Charity Marathon is not just about running; it’s also about boosting tourism and creating a positive economic impact. This prestigious event is expected to draw participants from both Kerala and the UAE, creating a unique cultural exchange and enhancing Kerala’s appeal as a tourist destination.
All Skill Levels Welcome
The Zayed Charity Marathon in Kerala welcomes participants of all skill levels, an experienced marathon runner or someone seeking the challenge of a half marathon or a 10K run. Moreover, the registration fee for the event will directly support the noble cause championed by the marathon.
A Community Effort
This event is backed up by the generous support of numerous sponsors, which notably include the UAE government, the Kerala government, and the Indian community in the UAE. Their unwavering dedication to ensuring the success of the marathon underscores their commitment to making a meaningful impact in the lives of those who are less fortunate.