Get your trainers on, as Bahrain gears up for the American Women’s Association’s signature charity event and its biggest biennial fundraiser, The Cherry Tree Trot.

After a hiatus due to the pandemic, the American Women’s Association’s (AWA) Cherry Tree Trot race is set to return on February 10 at the Bahrain International Circuit, promising a day filled with joy, camaraderie and charitable endeavours.

The biennial Cherry Tree Trot stands as one of the largest and most high-profile charity events in the Kingdom. More than just a race, it represents a powerful expression of community support and unity. The positive impact made by AWA resonates in the substantial work they do, with the Cherry Tree Trot being a cornerstone of their fundraising efforts. The event engages more than 30 charities, with 300 plus volunteers extending a helping hand to physically and mentally challenged participants.

The Cherry Tree Trot features various races suitable for participants of all ages and abilities. From a 5K and 3K competitive run to a 1K friendly walk for challenged individuals, the fun run caters to diverse interests. The races are complemented by live music, entertainment and delicious food and beverages for all participants.

Not just a one-day affair; the event represents a two-year commitment to making a difference in the lives of many. By sponsoring AWA and supporting the Cherry Tree Trot, businesses and individuals alike contribute to a charitable source of funds that will positively impact the community for years to come.

Whether you’re an avid runner, a casual walker or simply someone eager to support a worthy cause, the race welcomes everyone. With nearly 2,000 participants expected from across Bahrain, including adults and children, the event fosters inclusivity and community spirit.

So, let’s lace up our running shoes, come together and make the Cherry Tree Trot a celebration of unity and compassion. Registration is open to all, and participants can sign up in advance, ensuring they receive an official Cherry Tree Trot T-shirt, a bib and a post-race meal. Limited on-site registrations will be available on the morning of the event, with a reminder that on-site registrants may not receive T-shirts or awards due to limited supply.

Established in 1974 under the Ministry of Labour & Social Development, AWA is dedicated to promoting charity, friendship and cultural understanding amongst women of all cultures in Bahrain. Over the past 49 years, the organisation has donated more than BD25,000 annually to 30-plus charities, including blind societies, elderly homes, autistic centres, sports and Special Olympics and more. ✤