The American track legend stresses the importance of participating in what promises to be a wonderful regional event with international participation
Michael Johnson. — Photo provided
American track legend Michael Johnson has urged all residents of the United Arab Emirates to participate in the Adnoc Abu Dhabi Marathon next month. The eight-time world champion and four-time Olympic gold medalist hopes the December 17 event will attract a new record of 20,000 competitors.
Johnson, known for supporting a healthy lifestyle and promoting the physical and mental health benefits of exercise, stressed the importance of participating in what promises to be a wonderful regional event with international participation. . Regardless of physical fitness, the opportunity to exercise and enjoy a special time among thousands of like-minded people should not be missed, he said.
“Be part of the Adnoc Abu Dhabi Marathon this year,” Johnson said. “The wonderful thing is that if it is a challenge against others, it is also a challenge with yourself. So don’t miss the opportunity to participate in this special race from start to finish.
“I realize that establishing a sporting lifestyle with regular daily exercises is difficult, but training with people makes things easier and mutual motivation between group members.”
Johnson attended the International Association for Physical Activity and Health Congress in Abu Dhabi last month. It was the first conference of its kind in the region dedicated to physical and mental health issues, as well as societal well-being of residents of the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
The legendary runner, who won Olympic gold in Barcelona ’92, Atlanta ’96 and Sydney 2000, took part in the “One Billion Step Challenge”, organized in cooperation between the Ministry of Health and Prevention, the Department of community development, the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and the fitness app Step.
The Organizing Committee is expecting a record number of participants this year and recently unveiled its new 42.2km track, which starts at Adnoc headquarters before crossing a number of well-known landmarks across the city.