34-Year-Old Bengaluru Marathon Runner Completes 104 km Barefoot Run Across Dubai

Indian marathoner covers 104 km, showcasing Dubai's landmarks and advocating climate action.

by Deeplata Garde
34-Year-Old Bengaluru Marathon Runner Completes 104 km Barefoot Run Across Dubai

In a remarkable feat that captivated the online community, Indian ultra-marathoner Aakash Nambiar achieved an extraordinary milestone in Dubai. He traversed all iconic Dubai landmarks within a limited timeframe, all while running barefoot. The 34-year-old athlete, hailing from Bengaluru, completed a gruelling 104 km run. He completed the distance in an impressive 17 hours and 20 minutes. He showcased his resilience on the scorching Middle Eastern terrain. Nambiar’s barefoot journey not only set a physical challenge but also aimed to sustain the environmental momentum sparked by COP28.

Running Through Icons, A Marathoner’s Journey Across Dubai

 

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Embarking on his marathon quest, Nambiar covered diverse landscapes, including deserts, beaches, and cityscapes. He engaged with various community members along the way. From the iconic Palm Jumeirah and Burj Al Arab to the serene beaches of Jumeirah and La Mer. The route culminated at the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa.

Climate Action Through Sole Impact

 

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Sharing his mission on Instagram, Nambiar expressed, “A 100 km inside Dubai, the city of skyscrapers!!” His run aimed to draw attention to the pressing issue of climate change. It conveyed a sense of urgency with the powerful message, “WE ARE RUNNING OUT OF TIME.” Opting for a barefoot run, except for the final stretches at night, he underscored the importance of promoting a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.

A Marathoner’s Perspective On Dubai

 

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Despite the awe-inspiring journey, Nambiar faced unexpected challenges, primarily navigating the unfamiliar streets of Dubai using Google Maps. Expressing his wish for pedestrian walkways on highways and main roads, he highlighted the need for better infrastructure to support such ambitious undertakings.

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Nambiar’s Dubai Experience

Throughout his run, Nambiar encountered a group of cyclists who applauded his efforts in spreading awareness about sustainability. He also commended the friendliness of the local people and the world-class pedestrian facilities, emphasizing the importance of fostering a global community dedicated to positive change.

In conclusion, Aakash Nambiar’s barefoot marathon not only showcased his physical prowess but also served as a powerful platform to advocate for climate action and a sustainable lifestyle, leaving an indelible mark on Dubai’s landscape and the hearts of those he encountered.

Cover Image Courtesy: Insta/Aakash Nambiar

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