The initiative aims to honour athletes of determination and their care-givers!
Fitness is, quite literally, the talk of the town at the moment. And we’re loving the extraordinary challenges being attempted by ordinary people across the emirates. Non-profit organisation Heroes of Hope is the latest to throw its proverbial hat into the ring, with a non-stop, 24-hour workout to honour the athletes of determination who train with the programme.
From 6pm on November 19 to 6pm the next day, coaches of the initiative — led by founder Hollie Murphy — will participate in various sporting and fitness activities every hour for 24 hours in a bid to spotlight inclusivity for people of determination.
Speaking to WKND, Hollie explains the concept behind what is promising to be quite the feat. “The idea behind this is to honour our athletes of determination — who we call heroes — who face and surmount numerous challenges every day. It’s also a way to recognise their families, who make sacrifices around the clock, every day, for their loved ones with additional needs.”
Every workout is inspired by one of their athletes and designed after the kind of sport they enjoy doing. ‘Alex’, for example, is an obstacle course taking place to the soundtrack of Super Mario. ‘Kieran’ will see the coaches tackle a football-based workout that reflects its namesake’s love of the game. Members of the community are welcome to participate in the various activities, which will include a bike ride along Kite Beach, a sea swim and more.
It’s not the physical challenge that Hollie, a former PE teacher, anticipates will be tough, but the mental. “The coaches really want to support our athletes though, so this is the real spirit behind what we’re trying to achieve.”