Sheikh Hamdan’s active involvement in Dubai Run 30X30 infused an extra surge of enthusiasm into the race. On Friday morning, the Dubai royal ran alongside more than 70,000 UAE residents as part of his visionary Dubai Fitness Challenge initiative. There were no barriers between the young prince and the rest of the participants; needless to say, everyone was thrilled to have their beloved Fazza leading them across Dubai’s iconic Sheikh Zayed Road which was especially closed down for the occasion.
Sheikh Hamdan running alongside participants at Dubai Run 30X30
If that wasn’t touching enough, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan was spotted warmly greeting 16-year-old Rio, a Determined participant and his father Nick Watson at the race. Rio and Nick, along with the rest of the Watson family are known within the fitness community as Team Angel Wolf and they have been participating in races and triathlons to raise awareness for and increase representation of People of Determination at fitness events since 2014.
16-year-old Rio was diagnosed with a rare chromosomal disorder which has impacted his speech and motor skills. His father Nick has worked include Rio in over 6,000 kilometres of biking, swimming and running with his support across 200 races over the course of five years.
Rio and Nick Watson at Dubai Run 30X30
Always a people’s prince, Sheikh Hamdan was seen giving Rio a high-five at the beginning of Dubai Run and later was seen pushing him during the race to celebrate what was the Determined teenager’s 200th race.
Team Angel Wolf took to social media to document the incredible occasion saying, “We are incredibly grateful for the kindness, care and time he [Sheikh Hamdan] gave to Rio. For Rio, a Person Of Determination, to be able to be fully ‘included’ and integrated in a race, where he could be in his disability running chair, along side His Highness for the whole 10km was a wonderful experience for Rio and a huge honour when His Highness ran pushing Rio in his chair for part of the race! Thank you for being a role model of such real inclusion! THANK YOU Your Highness for creating such an amazing event and opportunity for the community.”
Watch the video below, and get your tissues ready as Sheikh Hamdan takes kindness and empathy to a whole new level.
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#DubaiRun WHAT AN AMAZING RACE! Yesterday was special for many reasons. It was Rio’s 200th race as #TeamAngelWolf, meaning he has now covered well over 6000kms in inclusive racing of triathlons, running, swimming, cycling, tower stair climb, obstacle courses, in the past 5 years. Not bad for a 16 year old boy with disabilities. It was the first time to have had the opportunity to run 10km down Sheikh Zayed Highway, amongst the iconic buildings, that was closed to traffic just for this race! Surreal! It was the first time we have run amongst the energy of a community of over 70,000 people! Unique! Thousands of people embracing Dubai Fitness Challenge - community getting healthy and fit together! ... but what made it extra special was the honour to meet His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai @faz3 again. We are incredibly grateful for the kindness, care and time he gave to Rio. For Rio, a Person Of Determination, to be able to be fully ‘included’ and integrated in a race, where he could be in his disability running chair, along side His Highness for the whole 10km was a wonderful experience for Rio and a huge honour when His Highness ran pushing Rio in his chair for part of the race! Thank you for being a role model of such real inclusion! THANK YOU Your Highness for creating such an amazing event and opportunity for the community. Together we can all create a more inclusive, healthier, kinder global community! @dubaifitnesschallenge @dubaisc @saeedhareb @cda_dubai #DubaiRun #Dubai30x30 #inclusion #disabilityawareness #TogetherWeCan #together #community #fitness #running Thank you to our sponsors: @lifcolb @panzani_me @damaninsurance @thesustainablecity @toyotauae @toyota @morganlewis_law @prolabdigital_uae @csmliveuae @lookcycle @revolutioncyclesdxb @gritandtonic @polarglobal @2xu @nike @sunsandsports @hope_amc @mytriclubdubai @imtridubai