At the Mai Dubai City Half Marathon in DIFC on October 25, 2019.
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DUBAI – The first Mai Dubai City Half Marathon got off to a spectacular start on Friday (October 25) with more than 2,000 runners taking part in the multi-tiered race.
The half marathon was held at Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), with runners competing in one of four race distances: 21km, 10k, 5km or 2. 5km
Endorsed by the Dubai Sports Council, the event was a first for Dubai with all races starting in front of The Gate Building in DIFC.
The route offered athletes spectacular sights of downtown Dubai and the city’s iconic skyline, including the Burj Khalifa.
Fitness star and Instagram athlete Joe Wicks, globally known as ‘The Body Coach’, led the warm-up, took part in the 21km and flagged off the 2.5km Community Run.
The 2.5km Community Run was introduced for budding athletes looking for the “marathon experience” in a light, fun and enjoyable atmosphere, alongside friends and family and for those looking to lock in their 30 minutes of exercise as part of the 30×30 challenge.
Adding to the day, a host of activities were on offer in the Gate Avenue in DIFC for runners and their friends and family. This included F&B treats from several outlets, free yoga sessions and workshops for children, which added to the atmosphere in and around DIFC.
“The sense of excitement was truly felt and the atmosphere was outstanding and we hope everyone who participated enjoyed the event as much as we did,” said Peyman Al Awadhi, Senior Vice President – Official Spokesperson at DIFC Authority. ICA/Expat Media
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