The Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon is an annual event that has, over the past 16 years, grown to become the biggest mass participation event in the Middle East
Umm Suqeim Road opposite the Madinat Jumeirah
Friday January 22nd , 2016, Time - TBC
What is the event for?
"The Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon is an annual event that has, over the past 16 years, grown to become the biggest mass participation event in the Middle East. With three races - a 4km Fun Run, 10km Road Race and the full Marathon itself - the day offers athletes of all ages and abilities the chance to compete alongside thousands of other runners."
Who is the event for?
"Certified as a Gold Label event by the IAAF, the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon attracts world class elites as well as weekend joggers in a field of more around 25,000."
What would you tell someone who has never attended the event?
"Now recognised as one of the best marathons in the world of athletics, the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon continues to excel as the region’s premier mass participation event with more than 25,000 participants expected on the start line in just over four months' time. With a flat route and benign January weather, runners can choose the distance they think best suits their abilities and register for one of the biggest and best social/sporting days on the calendar."
Event Specific Questions:
What makes your event Special?
"In 2011, the event became the first Middle East running event to gain IAAF Gold Label status, an award determined by a number of criteria including global media and TV coverage, the variety of international competitors and the quality of previous race times. Today, the event is the richest marathon in the world with a winners' cheques of $200,000 going to both the men and women’s marathon champion."
What does the event offer that no other event does?
"Held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council, the 2016 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon will again see runners compete in the full Marathon, the 10km Road Race and the 4km Fun Run. No other running race in Dubai sees such a plethora of international running talent all congregate in one place.
In recent years, the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon has underlined its reputation for offering a super-flat course that is perfect for fast times - indeed, the race has now seen an unprecedented ELEVEN athletes break the 2h:05m barrier with ten of these times achieved over the past four years. Among the superstars to have competed over Dubai’s flat and fast course are three-time winner and running legend Haile Gebrselassie and fellow Ethiopian countryman Kenenisa Bekele."
How many events will there be yearly?
How many events have been held in the past?
"15. The event started in 2000 and this will be the 16th year this year. Standard Chartered have been the official event sponsors since 2005"
What is the expected size of the event?
"25,000 competitors plus"
Author: Alex Pascoe
Author Bio: Alex is the head of operations and head trainer of Nutrition Souq (www.nutritionsouq.com). He is a certified personal trainer, self confessed fitness nut and entrepreneur, and is on a mission to make the UAE fitter, healthier and happier