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.