A very interesting race and a good turn out. The course and weather were so nice that I hardly got winded. Along the course, I started chatting with a gentleman from the Caribbean and he encouraged me to run faster. He was doing the full marathon (2 loops of the same course). After knowing that I had never broken the 2 hr mark, he made me run faster with him and encouraged me throughout the last few miles and also told me that I have to start running full marathons now ! I did thank him for his advice and proceeded to the finish line while he continued on to the full marathon course. About 500 yards from the end, I twisted my ankle and hopped to the finish line. Thanks to that gentleman, I finished the race in a minute over 2 hrs. That was also my personal best. I drove home a happy man with another unique medal. While I was driving, I saw the full marathoners on the course and decided that it’s time to move up!
Ziyad Rahim is an adventure-runner from Pakistan. He currently holds 10 Guinness World Records in long-distance running, ranging from marathons to ultra-marathons.