Two athletes complete a marathon on their Dubai balcony
Collin Allin and his wife Hilda got up early this Saturday and prepared to run a marathon, but unlike other times they did it on the balcony of their Dubai house, which 2,220 times to complete the more than 42 kilometers of this race in confinement by the coronavirus.
The couple of South Africans residing in the emirate broadcast the marathon through social networks to encourage all those locked up in their homes by the pandemic in many countries of the world to play sports.
Four hours from 6am
The Allins started at 06:00 a.m. local time and it took about four hours to cover the 42.2 kilometers in a somewhat narrow and overwhelming space, but enough to fulfill its objective.
"As athletes we are trained to overcome adversity and doing something completely crazy we want to show that, although we face many difficulties, we are going to survive," says Colin, 41, to Efe.
"I want people to focus on something else"Beyond the coronavirus, adds the athlete, who says that he and his wife want" to inspire others to remain optimistic "in the midst of the crisis.
"Mental health is important and we need to stay active and busy to avoid the negative spiral," says the representative in Dubaí of a well-known brand of sports sunglasses.
They want to create a solidarity initiative to run 5k at home
In addition, he anticipates that he is organizing a solidarity race "at home" of 5 kilometers, which aspires to be the largest event of these characteristics that has taken place so far in the world. The proceeds from the initiative will go to "fight this invisible enemy," he says.
The authorities of the United Arab Emirates have also urged citizens to continue practicing sport and keep fit, but from home.
On the avenues of Dubai or Abu Dhabi it is common to see foreign residents running and exercising, when high temperatures allow it, but these days it is prohibited. Gyms and sports clubs are also closed to the spread of COVID-19.
Also, this weekend the Government has decreed the curfew from 20:00 to 06:00 A place to disinfect streets and public places in the country, which is one of the most touristic in the Arab world and its airports are among the busiest in the area.
So far, there have been 405 cases of coronavirus and two people have died.