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Expo 2020 Dubai: You Can Now Run with Usain Bolt to Raise Money for Charity


Families can now lace their sneakers up alongside record-holding sprinter Usain Bolt and raise funds for charity at Expo 2020 Dubai. Taking place on November 13, the 1.45km fun run is part of the Gatorade Pavilion (Mobility District) and will benefit Al Noor Rehabilitation & Welfare Association for People of Determination (Al Noor Training Center).

Conducted by PepsiCo through a partnership with the Sports, Fitness, and Wellbeing Hub at Expo 2020 Dubai, the event will also host a meet and greet with the Jamaican sprinter at the pavilion. Sholto Douglas-Home, Chief Sales & Marcomms Officer, Expo 2020 Dubai, said, “We are thrilled by the opportunity for Usain Bolt, alongside our partners at PepsiCo and Gatorade, to help bring focus to one of Expo 2020’s central themes–to inspire people to embrace, on a daily basis, the importance and value of fitness, health, and wellbeing in their lives.”


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Hamda Hosani, an Emirati athlete with more than 18 Special Olympic medals to her name, will also be running alongside Bolt. Hosani is an exceptionally-abled athlete with a case of epilepsy who never let her condition get in the way of her career. Due to her long vested admiration for Bolt, the sprinter organized a surprise Zoom call with her to announce his visit to Expo 2020 Dubai and invite her to run by his side. “Sports has the enduring power to bring people, communities, and nations together, so we are honored that Usain has agreed to be a part of the Run the World event and are confident that it will encourage many people to run for their own good causes,” Douglas-Home added.

Established in 1981 as one of the first centers for people of determination in the country, Al Noor Training Center is now a second home to more than 250 children from all over. The center aims to enrich the lives of its students through experiences that enhance their physical and cognitive abilities, as it covers a wide range of therapies, vocational training, work placement schemes, co-curricular activities, and satellite programs.

Open and accessible to all ages and abilities. Pre-register for a spot at the front line here.

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