Annual 10K in New York Supports Kidney Health

The 13th annual UAE Healthy Kidney 10k was a record-setting even for the New York Road Runners. Since its inception in 2005, the race has steadily grown in participation and exposure. This year, it was a truly global event that had 4,573 male, and 4,029 female finishers for a grand total of 8,602 enthusiastic runners competing for a great cause.

The focus of the Healthy Kidney 10k is showing appreciation for doctors who are actively engaged in the arena of kidney health and transplants. It is an elite event that is organized through a partnership between the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates and the New York Road Runners. Its primary goal is to raise social and financial support for the National Kidney Foundation.

Race Beneficiary and Prime Sponsors
The National Kidney Foundation is a network of doctors, researchers, and medical facilities that works to provide immediate health services. These services are related to transplants, education, and kidney disease prevention. It reaches millions of patients and their families, and tens of millions of at-risk people each year.

The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates began its partnership with the New York Road Runners after a former UAE president, Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, received a kidney transplant from the Cleveland Clinic in 2000. His passing in 2004 led the embassy to create the UAE Healthy Kidney 10k in his honor.

The Al Habatoor Group is in its second year as the main private sponsor of the Healthy Kidney 10k. With this primary backing, the race has garnered more than $150 million in the past 12 races for the National Kidney Foundation.

Racers and Times
Elite Men
* Sam Chelanga, USA, 28:21 (winner by sprint)
* Thomas Longosiwa, Kenya, 28:21
* Stephen Sambu, Kenya, 28:31

Elite Women
* Mamitu Daska, Ethiopia, 31:47
* Magdalene Masai, Kenya, 31:44
* Monicah Ngige, Kenya, 31:55

This year’s running of the amazingly successful 10k took place in New York City’s Central Park. The one-lap course started at the northwest corner near Sheep Meadow, and ended with a spectator’s welcome at Tavern on the Green. Beautiful spring weather accompanied the race, which also had a record-breaking spectator turnout.