Nico De Corato known as Abu Yasmine, is an Italian who lives in Dubai. He is the founder of DubaiBlog, and had promised to complete a great undertaking to celebrate the UAE National Day: a 140 km solo run to reach the Jumeirah Union Flag, the largest UAE flag in the world.
Finally, he kept this great promise, in fact it took Nico de Corato just over twenty-three hours to finish the unique single stage solo run, which began at Bab Al Shams resort in al Qudra and ended at the iconic Union Flag of Jumeirah, where he was greeted by friends, family and supporters.
While many in the region relaxed over the long weekend, Nico completed this 140km run to celebrate the 47th UAE National Day, despite suffering from severe pain in his right knee that required use of ice packs to reduce the swelling.
During an interview to Sport360 ahead of the event, the Italian said, “People say I’m crazy, and maybe I am, but it’s my way to celebrate what a great country we live in. I like associating the place with sport and not just the skyscrapers most people see. I am deliberately passing through the natural landscapes then along to the modern city.”
Nico has experience with long distance running. In 2015 he completed a 100km solo run along a route from the Meydan Hotel leading to Bab Al Shams Desert Resort.
To get in peak condition this time around he has been in constant training over the last three years and began to turn his focus to this particular run a few months ago.
“You have to consider the balanced diet and also your sleep pattern,” he said. “I have been training myself to stay awake. Running a distance like this is more of a mental game than physical.”
Fittingly, the challenge ended next to the world’s biggest Emirati flag located inside the Etihad Museum, as the UAE celebrated the National Day over a long weekend.
The event was supported by the Dubai Sports Council and logistics and traffic were facilitated by the RTA and Dubai Police.