Maldives 5 November: Hulhumale - Malé city
Running around Male with local irunners
In the afternoon we met with local irunners to run together around Male. We do like their motto - Celebrating life. They are a group of recreational runners that meet a few times a week and train under coach Rif-ath, each of them trying to achieve their own goals - be it improved time for 5km or to run first half marathon.
Irunners also organise 4 marathon a year, in different parts of the Maldives. We do hope to participate one time!
These beautiful photos were taken by Zahir from 'winkapic', who was with us for the whole duration of the run. Thank you so so much!
We found out that Maldivians love running! The track was soon full of people running, jogging, walking, exercising.
Coach Rif-ath Hussain with Jayasalini, our champion runner, finisher of the 3100 mile race in New York.
The sun started setting as we were coming to the port area. We found our way through busy traffic of the capital, remaining very visible for car drivers and pedestrians, the torch lighting our way.
There were many training groups practising on the track - like "Train with Kai" group. They wanted to hear more about what we were doing. And we are happy to share our torch.
Hussain Haleem (second left) is the first Maldivian Olympian, he competed in marathon at the Olympic games in Soul, 1988. He also participated four years later. His national record remained unbroken for 27 years.
He now coaches Mariyam Abdul Kareem (also on the picture). She only started running 3 years ago and she now holds national records in 5km, 10km, half marathon and marathon.