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Dubai Marathon turns 20

The 20th edition of Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon is set to take place on January 25. The event will be hosting a number of the world’s best athletes.

Dubai Marathon, under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is supported by Dubai Sports Council, adidas, Dubai Eye 103.8FM, Aquafina and Gatorade, Dubai Holding, Dubai Police, Dubai Municipality and the RTA.

Online registrations are on for:

  • 195km marathon; to start at 6am for wheelchair and elite athletes and at 7am for mass runners
  • 10km road race for men and women to start at 8.30am
  • 4km fun run for men and women to start at 10.30am

While both the marathon and road race with start from Umm Suqeim Road opposite Madinat Jumeirah and in the shadow of the iconic Burj Al Arab, the fun run will kick off at Umm Suqeim Road on Al Sufouh opposite Madinat Jumeirah. All runs will finish at the Dubai Police Academy located at the end of Umm Suqeim Road.

One has to be 18 years or older to be a part of the marathon and 15 or above to participate in the 10km road race. The fun run is open for all. The entry charges are $130 (478 dirhams), $80 (294 dirhams) and $50 (184 dirhams) for the marathon, the road race and the fun run respectively.

The event also has corporate and team categories for the marathon and the 10km road race.

This year, the elite line up will see former champions Lemi Berhanu and Worknesh Degefa, both from Ethiopia, while double Paralympic gold medalist and the 2018 winner - Marcel Hug from Switzerland - is gearing up to defend his title this year.

The deadline to register for this fitness extravaganza is 5pm on Thursday, January 24. Even if you are not running, you can be a part of the event as a spectator and even track a runner by entering their ‘running number’ on the event’s website: www.dubaimarathon.org or simply entering the surname.