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FitnessSurviving Hijab founder Manal Rostom launches Nike app guided run

The Dubai-based marathoner and mountaineer is the first Arab to be featured on Nike’s running app.
Ann Marie McQueenJune 6, 20183 min
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The Dubai-based trainer, Manal Rostom, marks another milestone with the launch of her 25-minute “Run with Manal” guided workout on the Global Nike + Run Club App. The Egyptian marathoner, mountaineer and Surviving Hijab founder, who was Nike’s first hijabi model and has been working with the company since 2014, is also the first Arab to be featured on the app. The launch will mark, as she told her 40,000 Instagram followers this week, inviting them to a 5pm run along the Dubai Water Canal with her today (Wednesday, June 6), “a very special day for me.”

“You will need to have the Nike Run Club App on your phone & headphones,” she wrote. And among other required accessories: “Your smile & energy. And then I will be running by your side and in your ears.”

Rostom, who was an ambassador for last year’s launch of the Nike Pro Hijab, continues to run the massively popular Facebook group Surviving Hijab (it’s also an Instagram account), which provides motivation to women who choose to cover and dress modestly. Rostom wrote on Instagram that the site gets a shoutout at the 17.25 minute of her guided run, which is available on all English versions of the app.

“I hope this can inspire anyone who thinks they are no one, to continue to have faith that sometimes life can have a funny way of throwing back miracles right back at your face,” she wrote.

Ann Marie McQueen

Ann Marie McQueen is the founding editor-in-chief of Livehealthy and host of The Livehealthy Podcast. She is a veteran Canadian digital journalist who has worked in North America and the Middle East. Her past roles include features editor for The National, trends writer and columnist for the Canadian newspaper chain Sun Media, and correspondent for CBC Radio.