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The Dubai International Financial Centre.

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New half marathon launches in Dubai’s DIFC

 

DUBAI – Registration opened on Wednesday (June 26) for the first City Half Marathon in Dubai International Financial Centre.

The half marathon will take place on October 25 during the annual 30-day Dubai Fitness Challenge and will feature an ultra-modern route around one of the most photographed financial districts in the world.

Endorsed by the Dubai Sports Council (DSC), this International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) measured course will begin in front of The Gate Building and loop around the picturesque Dubai International Financial Centre.

The route features breathtaking views of the city’s well-known, architectural marvels, which organisers expect will attract thousands of runners and spectators from across the globe.

Khalid Ali Al Awar, Director of Sports Events Department at DSC, said, “The DIFC is home to some of Dubai’s most iconic landmarks and a half marathon in this swanky, urban district will certainly be of huge interest to UAE’s burgeoning band of distance runners, both the fitness-conscious amateurs and the hardened professionals among them. We have seen thousands of them line up for similar events in Dubai and across the country, and they will certainly cherish this band new opportunity to compete and test their limits.”

Peyman Al Awadhi, Vice President and Acting Head of Marketing & Corporate Communications, DIFC Authority commented, “We’re really excited about bringing together the local and global wellness community for the very first City Half Marathon, especially after the great response we’ve seen to a number of sporting events hosted at the Centre. It’s the perfect addition to our action-packed calendar of unique lifestyle, arts and cultural activations that reinforce the DIFC’s position not just as the ideal place to work, but also as the place where people want to live and play.”

As one of the first major events of the season, the City Half Marathon is open to participants aged 16 years and above and will also feature 5km and 10km race categories to ensure involvement from all fitness levels.

The IAAF has announced plans to remove both the 5000m and 10000m distances from the Diamond League from 2020 onwards. Launching an easily accessible, flat road course is the perfect time to appeal to competitive runners who beyond next year will need to seek out road races to achieve world records for these distances.

Categories and fees

5km
Ages: 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+
Fee: Dh125

10km
Ages: 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+
Fee: Dh175

21km
Ages: 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+
Fee: Dh275

To register, click here

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