Upcoming Marathons and 10ks Taking Place in New York City

This year’s 13th annual United Arab Emirates (UAE) Healthy Kidney 10k (http://www.uaeusaunited.com/story/hk-10k/) took place on April 9, 2017 in New York City.

Launched in May of 2005, this event was created by the New York Road Runners and sponsored by the Embassy of the UAE in honor of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Sheikh Zayed was the former president of the country and in the late 1990’s was diagnosed with kidney disease. He was eventually brought to the United States for extensive testing, treatment and kidney transplant but ultimately succumbed to the disease in 2004. The proceeds of this year event will go to the National Kidney Foundation.

The Healthy Kidney 10k takes place in Manhattan’s Central Park. The race course built in one large single loop that traverses the many paths and roads within the vast park. While the run is to benefit the National Kidney Foundation, the event itself has something for everyone. Great giveaways, medals for those who finish, t-shirts, raffle prizes. They even have a fast course for those runners attempting to break personal and event records.

The New York Road Runners

This event typically attracts racers from around the world in numbers that consistently touch 8,000 plus. Top-ranked professional racers, intermediate and many beginners, put foot to path on this popular course, all to benefit healthy lifestyles and also support finding cures for diseases. The New York Road Runners (NYRR) are a non-profit group who conduct many events throughout the year. NYRR gave life to this event by working with the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates and obtaining their sponsorship in building this wonderful race.

Last Year’s Race and this Year’s Outlook
2016’s Healthy Kidney 10k was notable as both winners garnered a check for $25,000, which tied for the largest prize of any 10k race in the world! Lucas Rotich took the men’s honors while Cynthia Limo took the women’s. This year’s race will offer the same first place prize but on top of this, there will be a $30,000 Zayed Bonus which comes courtesy from the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates. This bonus is offered to the first man to break the Healthy Kidney record of 27:35, set by Leonard Patrick Komon and/or the first woman to beat the record of 30:44 set by Lornah Kiplagat.

Where are All the Women Sailing?

Making this month’s Women in Sailing edition of Mainsail has been something of a personal voyage.

It was an idea that began last year, during a dramatic afternoon on the edge of Rio de Janeiro’s Olympic sailing course.
The medals were rolling in, but the Olympic regatta had saved the best until last.
Local girls Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze took gold for the host nation, sailing straight into Brazilian sporting folklore.
I’d been following the young Grael’s career for some time, since her early days under the shadow of her legendary father and two-time Olympic champion Torben.
I could see she had something special. Martine was going places, and had her sights fixed on success in Rio. But what would she do next?
Winning Olympic gold can be a whirlwind of parties, television interviews, photo shoots and more parties. But it goes by in a flash.
Source: edition.cnn.com

Fatima Al Ali Gets Ice Time with Washington Capitals

The Washington Capitals helped a young woman from the United Arab Emirates experience the thrill of a lifetime. Fatima Al Ali is a huge fan of the Washington Capitals hockey team. The Capitals found out, and invited Al Ali to come to America and watch the team play as a guest.

Al Ali had lunch with team executives at the UAE embassy and got a chance to meet her favorite players while enjoying her first NHL game. Al Ali even had the opportunity to practice with the team and receive her own personalized journey. CBS, CNN, and PBS attended the practice session.

The Love of the Game
Al Ali says that her love of hockey began threw watching movies such as the Mighty Ducks, Slap Shit and Miracle. Al Ali received her chance to finally play hockey by joining the Abu Dhabi Storms. With the lack of competition in the Middle East, Al Ali stayed close to the game in other ways; by coaching, officiating, and being an equipment manager. Al Ali began to watch NHL games regularly, and studied video on YouTube of NHL stars including the Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin. Al Ali was spotted by former Capitals star Peter Bondra while he was in the UAE, and he was immediately impressed. Bondra offered Al Ali the opportunity to attend a Capitals game in Washington DC.

A Dream Come True
Al Ali made the visit to Washington DC, along with her brother Mohammed. They went to a Washington Wizards basketball game before having lunch at the UAE Embassy. Al Ali had the opportunity to meet Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba (learn more), and presented him with a signed hockey jersey on behalf of her team. Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba talked about potentially bringing Al Ali’s team to the United States for an exhibition tour. Al Ali also practiced with a local women’s hockey team as well.

Al Ali hopes that this experience will help break barriers and inspire other hockey players from her country. Al Ali calls the experience a dream come true.

March Madness 2017 Predictions

The Gonzaga Bulldogs have made every NCAA tournament field since 1999. That’s tied for the sixth-longest streak, only behind legacy programs with shoo-in Hall of Fame coaches. But their appearances have been wrought with disappointment. Gonzaga hasn’t gotten past the Elite Eight, and it’s only even gotten that far twice.

Two Elite Eights and 19 tournament appearances in 19 years is a remarkable achievement for any program. For most teams from mid-major conferences, it’s incomprehensible. The Zags should be rooted on as the ultimate Cinderella. But because they’ve been so reliably good for so long, they don’t get that label. They get the label of the Team That Hasn’t Won The Big One.

I’m picking the Bulldogs to shed that label this spring. It took me a while to get there, for reasons having nothing to do with the team’s tournament past.

This is Mark Few’s best team yet — better than those Adam Morrison-led squads that lost in second rounds and Sweet Sixteens from 2004 to 2006, and better than any of the last few years. Yet the Bulldogs should be viewed skeptically, because their path to 32-1 was miles easier than their path to Phoenix will be.

Their league, the WCC, is only decent. They played three games against tournament teams in conference, and all three were wins against a Saint Mary’s team that Gonzaga clearly matches up excellently against. They played three more out of conference: wins against Florida, Iowa State, and Arizona, all by seven points or fewer.

Read the complete predictions here.

Source: sbnation.com

Organizations that Work with the Special Olympics

The Special Olympics is an international competition in which mentally and physically handicapped athletes are able to compete. It is a great way to teach skills and spirit to a variety of different people. The Special Olympics is a great cause and there are many organizations that help to make it better. Below are just three of the top organizations that work with the Special Olympics.

1. Islamic Relief

The Islamic relief USA or better known as IRUSA is an organization that has been fighting to offer a better world for individuals for over 25 years. They are involved in a great deal of charities and organizations. One of the top organizations they fight to help is the Special Olympics. In years past they have lent their time as well as their effort to help with many different Special Olympic causes. One of the most successful fundraising activities that benefited the Special Olympics was a fun and unique activity of pulling two United airplanes. It was a great way for individuals to come together and raise money for a great cause.

2. IPC

IPC also known as the International Paralympic Committee is a great organization that offers summer and winter paralympic games. They were founded in 1989 and is a nonprofit organization that is based in Germany. They are dedicated to developing sport opportunities for individuals with a variety of different impairments. Not only do they donate time and money but they also donate a lot of effort to the Special Olympics.

3. International Olympic Academy

The International Olympic Academy is a great educational and cultural Institute that offers a large array of programs and seminars to improve and enhance the Olympic movement. They are one of the key organizations that help to keep the Special Olympics running smoothly and easily.

Although there are many different organizations that work with the Special Olympics these are just three of the top organizations. Not only do they offer a great amount of time and effort but they also donate money as well as goods to help offer everyone the opportunity to play and compete in different sports.

DC Embassies are in Search of Greener Pastures

The United Arab Emirates’ embassy in Washington, D.C has recently taken the plunge towards a greener tomorrow; an exhaustive process that entailed the retrofitting of the building itself, along with an overhauling of standards and practices geared towards increasing efficiency and sustainability.

Everything from energy consumption to waste management was addressed, leading to a greatly reduced carbon footprint. In celebration of this landmark achievement, the US Green Building Council has awarded the embassy with the prestigious status of Gold in its LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating for Existing Buildings. Additionally, the United States’ Environmental Protection Agency has bestowed its ENERGY STAR certification in recognition of the embassy’s exemplary energy efficiency; since the retrofit, the building totes a reduction in energy consumption by a staggering 40%.

UAE Ambassador, Yousef Al Otaiba is proud to showcase the embassy’s lasting commitment to environmental sustainability.

The development of these procedures was facilitated by Abu Dhabi’s Masdar: a company invested in clean, sustainable technology and reduced carbon emissions. Masdar and the UAE’s dedication to going green not only results in a brighter future, but an increased profit margin for those who participate. The savings to be had from reduced energy usage alone are substantial, providing a much needed incentive to those companies and buildings that have yet to follow suit. Going green is its own reward, but saving money doesn’t hurt.

The UAE isn’t the only embassy looking towards a sustainable future; many other countries are also making an effort to reduce their environmental impact: The Dutch, Canadian, and Finnish Embassies among them. In January 2012, the Royal Netherlands Embassy hosted the Greening Embassies Forum—a part of Hillary Clinton’s Greening Diplomacy Initiative –at which 47 embassies pledged their efforts towards making Washington D.C a pillar of sustainability (http://nlintheusa.com/d-c-greening-embassies-forum/). The Dutch Embassy was awarded LEED Silver for its efforts, and the Finnish Embassy achieved Gold.

Through joint cooperation and education, the UAE and other embassies are aiming to make Washington D.C—and the world –more ecologically friendly.

New Development Expected For Baltimore

The Baltimore area is experiencing a successful real estate boom and is expected to increase their office space and apartments buildings by 25-36%, during the next ten years. A recent Baltimore Sun article reported the key building strategies, for One Light Street in downtown Baltimore with developer Madison Marquette. Developers are creating the atmosphere that Baltimore, is a great place to live, work, and find fantastic leisure opportunities. A proposal for development on Key Street will include a 404 ft. glass apartment and office tower. This development is expected to cater to young business professionals and established corporations. Work is expected to begin near the Key Street parking lot and Inner Harbor.

Virginia based, Metropolitan Partnership Ltd., are the contractors on the 33 story building. There will be approximately 340 apartments, 10 floors of office space, and a rooftop parking garage that will be hidden by a stone facade. There will be 646 parking spaces in the parking garage. The facade will be as tall as the Thomas Building located next door. Developers are thrilled that the development will be alongside the McDonald’s Corporation, a French Renaissance building with a restaurant on top. Metropolitan is creating tremendous office and apartment opportunities for the city of Baltimore.

The developers have issued a statement on their plans to remain in Baltimore and possibly leasing the 1 Key Street office space. They are confident that their design ideas will attract new business and savvy professionals to the downtown Baltimore area. They are striving hard to improve the financial district with efforts on nearby 10 Key Street. The historic Bank of America building on 10 Key Street is being converted into luxury apartments. Their investors are so confident with their work; they’ve backed up $28 million dollars in bonds for the parking garage. City leaders and the Downtown Initiative Partnership has backed up the developers plans to restructure downtown Baltimore.

Guests will enjoy a beautifully architecture glass building to live or work with great views of downtown and nearby historical building’s. It will be an urban design that will give you access to everything that is going on in the busy downtown Baltimore district. Enjoy a rich historical culture, with great cuisine, and live entertainment. Their development project is a number one priority for the city. Experience office space and apartments with the finest tile, stone, and decor. Metropolitan Partnership Ltd. is making downtown Baltimore the ideal place to work and live.


NFL Players Now Involved in The Real Estate Business

What do Kurt Warner, Asante Samuel, Than Merrill, N.D. Kalu and Roger Staubach have in common besides playing NFL football? They’re all in the real estate business. And a growing number of current and former NFL players are doing the same thing. The average NFL career last about 3.5 years. That means players have to find a way to make the money they made while playing last a lifetime. That’s why its becoming more common to hear NFL players talking about real estate investment trusts and investment opportunities.

These players understand real estate investments can continue to pay dividends long after they can no longer play football. Ex-Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach was known for his ability to see the entire field and anticipate what was going to happen. He did the same thing when it came to planning his post-NFL career. In 1977 he started a real estate company. When he sold it in 2008, he netted $640 million. Now that’s a touchdown.

Defensive end N.D. Kalu played for several NFL teams. He also founded the Kalu Group, a Houston, Texas based real estate brokerage, 5 years before he retired in 2008. The company buys distressed properties, refurbishes them, then leases them out to low-income families. San Diego Chargers outside linebacker and Philadelphia native Shawn Bullard began investing in real estate during his senior year at Temple University. Now his company, Konkrete Investments, LLC, is one of Philadelphia’s only real estate development firms that’s only owned by African Americans. He’s also one of the city’s youngest developers.

The Nickerson Realty Group located in the Weddington, North Carolina is owned by former 16 year NFL veteran Hardy Nickerson and Amy his wife. Founded in 2005, the company offers real estate investment consulting, relocation services and traditional real estate services to corporate executives, entertainers and athletes.

Than Merrill, founder of FortuneBuilders made a name for himself in real estate after 1 year in the NFL on the HGTV show “Flip this House”. On it he and his team turn fixer-uppers into really nice properties for resale. And Dan Hreider a former running back with the Pittsburgh Steelers is also involved in real estate. He recently bought the 100 year old 3 story Historic Hamilton Suites apartment building in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It’s on the National Register of Historic Places. He also bought an apartment building nearby.

These are just a few NFL players using real estate as a ticket to a good life after football.

Loyola Lacrosse Gets a New Offense

There’s a new coordinator in town and he’s come to take over some of Loyola University’s sports.

The Loyola Greyhounds announced just this past Thursday that Marc Van Arsdale would be taking the reigns as the offensive coordinator for the university’s mens lacrosse team. Van Arsdale is coming in after serving as an assistant coach for the University of Virginia for the last fifteen years, ten of them operating as the assistant head coach. Over the course of his time at Virginia, the Cavaliers won NCAA Division I Championships in 2003, 2006 and 2011. In this time, the team had multiple award winners for the Tewaaraton Awards in the forms of Chris Rotelli, Matt Ward and Steele Stanwick in the respective years of the team’s division championships. On top of this, Virginia was in the Top 10 in offense eleven times and was number one overall in offense in 2006 and 2009.

Loyola University in Maryland has already seen a pretty good year in men’s lacrosse, since freshman Pat Spencer set a school record for assists with 52 and tied the record for points by scoring 89 of them. Spencer’s fascinating skill and record-setting play has also earned him some mentions for next year’s Tewaaraton Awards. Adding Van Arsdale to the team’s offensive program could very well end up giving him the boost needed to take home an award this upcoming season. The upcoming season is sure to be a success, following in the footsteps of previous teams including players like Sean Hecker.

Loyola head coach Charley Toomey stated that he was incredibly pleased to have someone with the character and strength in coaching to be a part of Loyola’s team. He added that Van Arsdale being part of championship teams on multiple occasions, being a good recruiter and leading some of the best offenses in lacrosse are also reasons for why he’s excited to have him coaching for the men’s lacrosse team at Loyola.

Van Arsdale made sure to send thanks for his peers at Virginia, especially coach Dom Starsia, even though his contract would not be renewed. Van Arsdale admittedly decided to join the Greyhounds since their team was averaging over eleven goals a game over the course of the 33 games played and also went on to the NCAA Tournament semifinals. Virginia, at the time, was also attempting to hire head coach Lars Tiffany and offensive coordinator Sean Kirwan from Brown University, which was another factor in Van Arsdale deciding to move over to Loyola.

Custom Bike Frame by Ventum Designs Gifted to Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba

The triathlon world looks for new ways to make races safer and simpler for athletes every year, and Ventum Designs recently released a special edition bike frame for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) ambassador to the United States, Yousef Al Otaiba (http://ambassadoryousefalotaiba.weebly.com/). This frame was a special edition, sporting the colors of the UAE, and Ventum Designs hopes to create a fence that brings their company together with the athletes of the UAE. This article explains how Ventum Designs has created a frame that is on the cutting edge of their industry.

#1: The Bike Frame Is Ultra-Light

The ultra-light frame is a brilliant design that offers aerodynamic qualities that are not found in other frames. The frame will glide through the air much more smoothly than other bike frames, and the frame provides more space for the wheels to move freely. The rotation of the wheels of a bike is often impeded by the frame, but the new frame by Ventum Designs allows for maximum power from the wheels.

#2: The Colorful Paint Job

Ventum Designs sent a frame to Yousef Al Otaiba that sports the colors of his nation. The athletes of the UAE could be seen on a frame like this in the future, and the frame represents the beginning of a hopeful business relationship between Ventum Designs and the UAE. There are many people who took notice of the frame, and the gift makes the new frame public in a way that a market campaign cannot.

#3: Why Do Triathletes Need Better Bike Frames?

The biking portion of a triathlon is especially grueling when someone is performing the full Ironman version of the event. The bike portion is over 100 miles long (http://www.trutrisports.com/cycling-training/), and a light bike frame makes pedaling that much simpler for every athlete. The new frame from Ventum Designs was created to help triathletes improve their times in every race, but there are many avid bikers who may prefer this design over other bikes in the industry today.

The space age design from Ventum Designs is a breakthrough in the triathlon world. Giving the frame to Yousef Al Otaiba helps show that the company and the country may come together in a harmonious relationship. The two entities will make the new frame the class of the triathlon world, and offering a gift to someone who loves bikes simply makes the gift that much more meaningful.