19,600 participant registered for the 11 kilometers race

National Bank of Kuwait (NBK)’s 25th annual
walkathon kicked off the morning of Saturday 7 December from the Green Island
with an astonishing 19,600 participants who have registered for the 11 kilometers
race. NBK organized this special occasion to celebrate two and a half decades
of this sports festival. Thousands of cheering supporters, spectators and media
individuals lined the racing route on the Arabian Gulf Street to the finish
line at the Shuwaikh Beach Park, where the successful event concluded with an
award ceremony and a variety of entertaining activities.

Thousands of participants were walking for strength and
health awareness. The
Walkathon culminated with a prize giving ceremony where NBK awarded the top 100
participants, 10 winners from each of the 5 categories for both male and female and gave away many
valuable prizes alongside the two brand new Renault cars from Al Babtain Group,
NBK’s walkathon strategic partner.

NBK Group Chief Executive Officer, Isam Jasem Al
Sager took part in the walkathon along with NBK Deputy Group Chief Executive
Officer, Shaikha Khaled Al Bahar attended the awarding ceremony along with NBK- Kuwait Chief Executive
Officer, Salah Yousef Al
Fulaij, NBK- Kuwait Deputy CEO, Sulaiman Barrak al Marzouq, NBK General Manager Consumer Banking
Group Mohammad Al Othman, NBK General Manager 
Group Human Resources Emad Al Ablani and NBK General Manager Operations
Group Mohammed Al Kharafi and General Manager Automotive at Abdul Mohsen
Abdul Aziz Al Babtain Laurent Pernet.

in front of thousands of contestants, spectators and guests who gathered at the
end of the walkathon to celebrate the awarding of the first-place winners, NBK Public Relations and communications Assistant General Manager, Manal
Al Mattar said: “the this year’s participation from various age categories had
by far exceeded all expectations, providing yet another testament for  the community with this mega event, which has
become one of the much awaited NBK public activities”.

Al Mattar said: “This year, NBK walkathon celebrates its 25th
anniversary. As the first sports event in Kuwait and the GCC, NBK walkathon continues
today its long tradition in supporting its community”

Al Mattar commented that the great collaboration exhibited by different
ministries and governmental institutions, headed by both the Ministry of Health
and the Ministry of Interior, in addition to the Kuwaiti Association of
Athletics Federations, Al Babtain Group and Kuwait Municipality, and many
others have played a great role to ensure the event’s success.

Mattar added “NBK strongly supports sporting events and encourages physical
activities as a means to promote a healthier and more active lifestyle for members
of the community. Titled “One step can change your life”, NBK’s Walkathon aimed
to encourage each individual to believe in their ability towards making a

Abdul Mohsen Al Rushaid, NBK Executive manager,
Communications and Public relations, said “Over the past 25 years, our aim was
not only to encourage people to participate but also to enjoy the event.”

“This huge event is one of the huge events in Kuwait
with the best arrangements. NBK walkathon takes the safety of participants in
its top priority,” he added. 

“Every year, people wait for NBK’s walkathon.  We are keen to meet people’s expectations
every year because it’s our duty and commitment.”

NBK’s Social Media team broadcasted
the Walkathon live on NBK’s Official Facebook, Twitter and Instagram page,
posting the updates throughout the day.

25th Anniversary

Multiple points were set up along the race route
between the Green Island and the Shuwaikh Beach Park that witnessed special
festivities and celebrations. One of the celebration points arranged was a
camel show; others had an exciting DJ, stilt walkers, confetti and folkloric

LOYAC volunteers

Loyac volunteers were present at the finish line to
cheer the participants, encourage them and give
them memorial medals and water bottles.

Omniya’s recycling project   

from the Omniya project and NBK participated in this year’s walkathon. More
than 100Volunteers gathered at the starting point, and collected plastic water
bottles that were left behind by participants along the 11-kilometer race line.
Omniya along with NBK volunteers collected a ton of plastic bottles at the end
of the race to help recycle and keep our environment clean.

Shaaban, who is one of the founders of the project, said that our partnership
with NBK aims to create an initiative that encourages recycling in Kuwait. Our
participation in NBK’s walkathon is part of this partnership that works to
spread awareness and a real contribution in environmental activities.


By the early morning hours, organizers ensured the
full readiness of the site to receive the participants. The event started after
NBK volunteers finalized all required organizational and preventive measures to
ensure the safety of the contestants.

Children’s activities at Shuwaikh Beach Park

This year’s event included organizing events dedicated
to children aged 5 to 11 years old, set up a Shuwaikh Beach Park. The children
participated in several fun-filled contests and games, organized by circuit+
and supervised by NBK’s team.  

Special Needs and Elderlies

NBK dedicates an annual special competition
within the race for people with special needs, as part of the bank’s beliefs of
the utmost importance of involving all members of society and their ability to
prove their active and vital role in various areas and fields, particularly
sports. In addition, NBK dedicated a racing category for participants aged 60 years old and
above to encourage a healthier lifestyle among all members of the society.