Abu Dhabi: An Indian ultra-marathon runner, generally known as the ‘Barefoot Mallu’ ran solo from Abu Dhabi to Dubai, overlaying a complete distance of 118 km in 27 hours to encourage the youth of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to make health a precedence, it was reported.
Bengaluru-based Aakash Nambiar, 30, a local of Kerala, started his long-distance run alongside the E11 freeway on January 25 from the Abu Dhabi Corniche and reached Ibn Battuta Mall in Dubai hours afterward January 26, coinciding with India’s 71st Republic Day, the Gulf Information reported on Friday.
Talking to Gulf Information, Nambiar stated: “I took the problem as a result of I needed to create well being consciousness with a robust message for the youth of UAE to take health as a precedence.
“Healthcare is of superior high quality within the UAE however there’s nonetheless a prevalence of (non-communicable) illness equivalent to diabetes, most cancers and coronary heart issues. These are extra of way of life ailments.
“There may be additionally a excessive case of weight problems and smoking. Folks even beneath the age of 35 usually are not bodily energetic. So, impressed by my buddy, Khaled Al Suwaidi, who ran from Abu Dhabi to Mecca, I tried my very own run to convey a message to everybody to maintain their well being.”
The Abu Dhabi-Dubai run, nevertheless, was not the primary ultramarathon for Nambiar.
He lined 120-km from Colombo to Punavathuna in Sri Lanka, earlier than coming to the UAE.
Nambiar is planning one other long-distance run within the subsequent 5 months.