Saudi Arabia holds first women’s middle distance run

The excitement of the big days reigned in Al Ahsa, as more than 1,500 participants, from all over the kingdom, lined up on the starting line with infectious joy. All were determined to surpass themselves on a course of 3km long.

A few weeks before the announcement of this breathless race, the Saudi authorities, under the reforming influence of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, had already many of his fellow countrymen speechless by proclaiming open the next international Riyadh marathon for women.

The winner of the first women’s endurance race held on Saudi soil was 28-year-old Mizna Al-Nassar, ecstatic to step onto the podium and filled with pride. This seasoned athlete, who doubles as a talented graphic designer, wanted to dedicate her beautiful victory to her parents whose unwavering support has allowed her.

 “I participated in the 2017 Islamic Games in Baku, Azerbaijan, and the Women’s Sports Games in Sharjah in 2018,” she said with a broad smile and stars in her eyes.
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