Nesreen Ghonaim is an Advancement Manager at Effat University with a bachelor’s degree in Business administration.
She will be 3 years old in November, that’s in running years of course! She was introduced to running in 2015 seeking a life-changing action toward a healthier lifestyle.
“From a chain smoker to a passionate crazy runner - that’s my story.”
She joined Hejaz Ultra’s events since the beginning, and was blown away by the amazing experience of Trail running. In fact, she discovered the beauty of Jeddah city from an entirely different perspective.
“Hejaz Ultra did not only give me wings to persue many adventures and challenges like my 1st marathon in 2018 which I never thought would be possible. It also allowed me the space to become part of this exciting and unique world of organizing and planning for races.”
Nesreen joins all the different events of Hejaz Ultra since it’s 1st Hejaz50 and will continue with the enjoyable sweet torture that she gets from the wild and crazy challenges which introduced her to self-discovery and open possibilities.
Nothing makes Taha Boksmati happier than to see the environment that he grew around to be clean and green all the time. It's a passion that grew with the sense of responsibility in him to always give back, volunteer to improve, and perfect. Currently pursuing a masters in sustainability and environmental impact assessment, he dedicates his time and effort to be fair with the environment and give it it's right to sustain itself and support a healthy generation.
To date, he started a recycling project in Jeddah to encourage locals to sort solid waste in a neat and easy manner. His goal is to be a lead by example for the community to reuse plastics and to help reduce waste print, and finally looking to actively encourage locals to plog within J-town to raise bold awareness to stop throwing waste. In the end, no matter what he does in this field, he tries to surround myself with people who believe what he believes in order to help nurture an enthusiastic force that protects and does not waste.
“I believe that we can bring about social change to create a litter-free environment that can enhance the nurture if a healthy generation. Whether by leading initiatives or helping existing ones, I strive to work diligently to protect and inspire a green environment.”
Ahmad Nasser is an energetic, social 23-year-old Road Runner who started running in October 2015. His goal (before he started running) was simply to stay fit by walking/jogging. All developmental standard guy, Ahmad is always open to new information and lessons; whether its running related or not.
“Hejaz Ultra opened up a new perspective in my life. Challenge got a whole new meaning. Always a great experience getting out of the city to run, climb or hike on the trails, dunes & mountains; whether it’s for a few hours or a couple of days.”
He's currently training for his first “Injury Free” Marathon. He attempted his first full marathon on January 2017 Jeddah International Marathon, but he hit the wall at 30km and he believes it was one of the toughest things he ever had to go through. He plans to get a bike soon, to join the triathlon tribe. Ultra-Marathon is one of items he wishes to check off his to-do list sometime in the future.
Emad Salhab is a 30 year old Syrian living in Jeddah. He never expected his simple goal of trying to lose weight turn into a passion for trail running.
One of our jolliest runners who stood out of the crowd for wearing a thobe and the biggest grin in our last Hejaz50 race for his 21km relay loops, Emad never runs out of energy and is a natural at any new sport he tries and becomes an instant rival to his competitors. He is a triathlete and aspiring to do his first 70.3 Ironman in the next few months. Emad is one of the brave Hejaz Overloaders who joined in its inaugural race last year.
“Hejaz Ultra not only opened my eyes but also my heart to fall in love with running in the desert. Literally, every mile is an experience and every experience is a great timeless memory.”
Emad is also a certified PADI rescue diver, so when he's not grilling under the unforgiving desert sun, you'll find him chilling underwater in the calm ocean.
It's been 35 year's since Robert Peachey started running and 33 year's since his first ultra which was the Comrades Marathon, the world's largest and oldest ultramarathon race. Since then he has completed 14 Comrades and 30 ultras and his last count for standard marathons is around 100 but he has lost count.
“I am not that fast at running but I can keep going. You can always find me running out on the trails on a Friday morning, looking for that next challenge.”
When people ask Dean DeLoe where he’s from, he usually responds “I’m Californian.” An outdoors enthusiast growing up, Dean was a distance swimmer, raced road bikes, and later a member of the University of California Ski Team. Dean has also hiked extensively, taught sailing, and earned awards playing Rugby, but his passion for endurance sports eventually led him to Triathlon and then Trail and Ultra Marathon running. Known for intense training, if you are off to sleep some early Friday, Dean is already likely up in the mountains running. Dean specializes in creating running adventures that challenge athletes physically and mentally to their limits. Examples include the Howlin’ Dog Trail Marathon and the infamous Q2Q 25K.
“It’s hard to find a place with more comradery and support among people who love adventure, seek the edge of their personal envelope, and want to contribute to their community, than Hejaz Ultra.”
Professionally, Dean is the Founder and Managing Partner of Westover Strategy a business strategy consultancy that works with clients worldwide to create significant growth with permanency.
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Muneeb Saeed aka “CJ” aka thecrazyjogger enjoys running, riding and hiking in his free time. He joined HejazUltra in 2016, participating in the inaugural Hejaz50 which made him fall in love with the trails.
“HejazUltra introduced me to the trails & dunes right on the doorstep of Jeddah, which allows me to escape the city for a few hours/days and enjoy the adventurous trails with my friends. This is why I am always looking forward to taking that exit off Route 5 first thing Friday morning!”
He ran his first full marathon in January 2017, in KAEC. To date, he’s completed 5 road marathons and one trail marathon distance as part of Hejaz100. Nowadays, He’s training for his first solo 50K
Muneeb also loves training with other athletes. He'll be glad to be your running pacer for long distances and is also available to teach you how to ride a bike :)
Professionally, he's a Financial Analyst. He loves to solve problems and analyse data using Excel, with a little bit of help from VBA and Java. You can contact him for most IT / Tech related questions.
Alexandre Truchon-Bartès is a finance manager working in the pharmaceutical field. One fine day, 13th April, 2013, to be exact, he decided to quit smoking and start running. He worked his way up to running his first 10 kilometers, then progessing to his first 21 km. He never thought it was possible to achieve a full marathon, and five years later he can proudly say he has seen the beauty of Rome, Florence and Paris... on foot!
“The important thing is not always the time you spend achieving the race, but surely the pleasure you have running it. You may think from time to time that you are alone when running but you are never alone, there is always someone racing with you, either along you or in your mind.”
After running for Podistica Solidarietà where he discovered the beauty of Rome and its suburbs, he understood how far he could get by training on Athletics tracks thanks to Club Athlétisme of Puteaux (CAP 92). It was, therefore, only a natural choice for him to follow the Adventure (with a capital A!) with Hejaz Ultra.
Since 2007, Fabrice Laborie has crossed the finish line of half a dozen Marathons (42.2km), numerous 10km and Half-Marathons, but his love for the outdoors turned him into a Trail Runner while he was in the U.A.E.
“Who wants to run on tarmac when you can run up a mountain? Why be constrained by streets and traffic lights when the Dunes are endless?”
He has completed a few Ultra-Marathons, pushing his limits beyond the traditional 42.2km marathons. Two times finisher of the Oman 72km Wadi Bih race, finisher of the 250km Marathon des Sables in 2014 in Morroco in 2014, of the 195km lake Balaton Supermarathon in Hungary, the 130 km 3xtreme UrbanUltra in the U.A.E, he also joined the 2014 Insomnia race where he completed 126km in the 24hours allocated for the race.
After being on the Committee of the ABRaS AC and Dubai Creek Striders running clubs in Dubai, he started joining and then helping organize runs in Jeddah where he met like-minded Ultra runners and, in 2015, he finally decided to create the Hejaz Ultra running club to organize training and Ultra Trail races.