Running as one as part of the UAE Year of Inclusion

16th March 2019

Coinciding with the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, athletes, families, volunteers and the local community from across the UAE were invited to take part in ‘Run Unified’ this morning, 16th March. Run Unified is part of a series of community initiatives, including Walk Unified and Cycle Unified, which brings together people with and without intellectual disabilities to take part in sports activities alongside each other in celebration of a more inclusive world.

Runners started congregating at All Hudayriat Island from 6:00 this morning with the runners completing the Abu Dhabi Half Marathon kicking off at 6:30 and the 11km, 6km and 2.5km distance participants taking to the track shortly after!

Amongst the 1,500 participants 18 Special Olympics athletes competing in the World Games took to the track too for their official World Games Half Marathon competition. Organised by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council the running track took in some incredible views of the Abu Dhabi skyline. Taking part in the event were a number of GB participants including representatives and volunteers from Kerry Group, corporate partner of Special Olympics GB, who are supporting our World Games squad for the duration of the Games.

Representatives and volunteers from our corporate partner, Kerry Group, complete the Unified Run at the World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi

We’re excited to share that we’re also preparing for our Special Olympics Unified Mile, in conjunction with Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia and SO International, as part of the Vitality Westminster Mile in London. Taking place on 26th May the Mile begins at the Mall and ends in front of Buckingham Palace with the participation of 550 individuals in the dedicated wave, comprising of Special Olympics athletes, families, supports, coaches, partners, Global Ambassadors, and officials from Great Britain and beyond. The event is designed to bring together representatives from each of the seven Special Olympics regions to make this a truly global convening as part of a signature London event. In addition to the mile, Special Olympics will be organizing a Unified sports demonstration in Green Park. We’d love for you to be involved in this event so why not register for this free event now and join us on our #inclusionrevolution?!

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