MUSCAT, 18 January 2013 – The 2013 Bank Muscat Asalah Marathon held on Friday (18 January 2013) was won by Shawn Deleu with a timing of 3:01:59 in the male category and by Caroline Cahill who clocked 3:37:32 in the female category. The marathon evoked strong response from about 300 participants belonging to 36 nationalities. Long-distance enthusiasts from around the world, ranging from 10 years to 76 years, participated in the event jointly hosted by Bank Muscat Priority Banking and Muscat Road Runners.Salim Selim Saeedi won the half marathon with a timing of 1:24:10 in the male category while Elga Trad with a timing of 1:36:14 was the winner in the female category.In the 10.5-km race, Haitham Al Subhi won with a timing of 00:38:39 in the male category while Chloe Anderson (1st junior) won with a timing of 00:50:39 in the female category.
Ahmed Al Barami, AGM – Chairman's Office, presented prizes to the winners at the ceremony held at Intercontinental Hotel Palm Gardens, which was the start and finish venue of the race. Ahmed Al Barami said: “The support for the marathon reflects the bank's commitment to encouraging health, social interaction and integration through the promotion of sport and physical activity. Notably, the marathon caught the attention of avid sports enthusiasts from across the world, which helped in spotlighting Oman as an attractive sporting destination."Al Barami added: “The attention given to healthy lifestyle reflects the level of development of people and nations. Omanis are privileged as the Sultanate ever since the Renaissance has given due attention to sports, encouraging all segments of society to lead a healthy lifestyle. Running shows what can be achieved through motivation, hard work, dedication and a willingness to push personal boundaries. As the flagship financial institution, Bank Muscat remains at the forefront in offering the required encouragement and support to varied sporting activities in the country." The youngest male participant for the 10.5-km race was aged 10 while the oldest who flew in from the UK was 76. The youngest female participant in this category was aged 12 and the oldest 59.In the 21-km race, the youngest male participant was aged 16 and the oldest 67. The youngest female participant in this category was aged 20 from the US and the oldest 61.In the 42.5-km full marathon, the youngest male participant from Qatar was aged 25 and the oldest from Muscat was 71. The youngest female participant in this category was aged 30 from Muscat and the oldest was 61 from Zurich.Starcare Hospital supported the event with a fully equipped ambulance.