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Dubai Marathon: At a Glance

(Moni Mathews)
Filed on January 26, 2012

DUBAI - The event has come a long way from the early years when sponsorships and prize money were difficult to come by and the participation levels remained below the 2,000 mark.

But after 12 episodes, the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon (eighth year in running) set for a nearly 15,000 mass start at 7am at The Pavilion on Friday is placed to break records again.

The $1 million event is the single biggest sporting event in terms of hands-on participation and involvement by the residents inthe UAE.

There may not be streets lined up with people waving flags and passing on small packets of liquid refreshments to the runners like we see it happen elsewhere, but the sheer number of individuals and corporate bodies taking part for the various causes and initiatives, make the Dubai event what it is today.

Attracting the biggest names in the field, the Dubai Marathon is one of the best in the calendar as far as international participation and prize money are concerned.

In 2011 we saw surprise winners in the main event in the mens and womens sections.

As expected the stalwarts from east Africa were on the podium but it was a day for the lesser known runners from the same part of the world who went home richer.

The first placed runners in the main event get $250,000 each.

Both men and women enjoy equal status in the prize money distribution.

There are prizes for all the categories with dollars and dirhams being set aside for the 10km Open, the Marathon Push Chair Open and the Marathon for UAE Nationals.

One of the best parts of the event which starts and finishes at The Pavilion area near the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Mall, is the 3km Fun Run.

Families, regular joggers, part and full time fitness freaks, and lots more the list is endless.

The Marathon Village and the sports fest atmosphere are bound to make a day out to Downtown a worthwhile effort. The weather is a lot colder this time than in recent years, but this Friday can be a weekend that we will talk about, at least till January 2013.

It may be 10-15C out there with winds that tend to make your bones cry out for more warm clothing, but its not often when one can enjoy a winter Friday more, especially when a sports gathering of people from all walks of life gather at one single point. Come and enjoy the Dubai Marathon, its worth the effort even if you are not particpating in the show. -moni@khaleejtimes.com

General information

Start & Finish

  • The start and finish for the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon 2012 will be in Downtown Dubai adjacent to the Burj Khalifa.

  • The starts for the Marathon, 10km Road Race and 3km Fun Run will be from the same start gantry location just up from the Burj Khalifa outside the Pavilion.

  • The finish area for the Marathon, 10km Road Race and 3km Fun Run will be through the same finish gantry location on the opposite side of the road from the start gantry.

Getting to the Start

  • All participants are advised NOT to attempt to park in the Downtown Dubai area. There will be extensive road closures in place in Downtown Dubai and surrounding areas. If you do drive to the immediate Downtown Dubai area you do so at your own risk as this will create extensive traffic congestion and delays in getting to the start.

  • If you are travelling by car plan your trip. Avoid parking in the immediate area of Downtown Dubai. There are many accessible areas to park around Sheikh Zayed Road coming from Abu Dhabi and from the Bur Dubai direction. The two walkways across Sheikh Zayed Road at the Business Bay Metro Station and the Dubai Mall Metro Station will be open on the morning of the race providing the opportunity for participants and spectators to park on the Safa Park side of Sheikh Zayed Road with direct access to the back of the start and to the Burj Park.

  • Select an area that is familiar to you and give yourself plenty of time to walk the remaining distance to the back of the start heading up from the Burj Khalifa and Armani Hotel entrance.

  • There will be a taxi drop off and collection point at the Dubai Mall. If possible book your taxi in advance to avoid delays in getting to the start. Extra taxis will be available throughout the morning and afternoon.

  • Please arrive early to avoid any rush or delays.

T/Shirts, Medals and Certificates

  • Marathon All marathon participants will receive an adidas Climacool official race t/shirt, a finishers medal and downloadable finishers certificate.

  • 10km Road Race All10km participants will receive an Adidas Climacool official race t/shirt, a finishers medal and downloadable finishers certificate.

  • 3km Fun Run - All 3km participants will receive an Adidas Climacool official race t/shirt, a finishers medal and downloadable finishers certificate.

Race Timing

  • The race will be timed using the MikaTag electronic timing system. Chips/Tags will be attached to the race bib number you will receive in your race pack. Do not remove this tag from your bib number. No Tag attached No Time.

Drink Stations Water

  • Marathon - Water Stations will be provided every 2.5km from 5km to 40km and at the finish.

  • 10km Road Race - Water Stations will be provided at the 5km point and at the finish.

  • 3km Fun Run - Water will be provided at the finish.

  • Drink Stations Isotonic

  • Marathon - Full bottles of Isotonic will be available at 10km, 15km, 20km, 25km, 30km, 35km and at the finish.

Gel Stations

  • GU Gel will be available at two dedicated stations on the Marathon route. These will be placed at approx 16km and at the 29km point on the course.

Sponges

  • Sponges will be provided after the following stations on the Marathon route: 5km,10km,15km, 20km, 25km, 30km, 35km and 40km.

Toilets

  • Will be provided after the following stations on the Marathon route: 5km, 10km, 15km, 20km, 25km, 30km, 35km, 40km and at the finish.

Baggage Facilities

  • TNT baggage trucks will be available near the start and finish area in Downtown Dubai near the Burj Khalifa past the Armani Hotel entrance.

  • One will be exclusively for Marathon participants and separate ones will be available for the10k & 3k participants.

  • Please use the baggage bag provided to you when you collect your race pack and make sure that the sticker you received with your run number is placed on your baggage bag. Only the baggage bag provided to you will be accepted at the baggage trucks.

Entertainment

  • Live bands and DJs will be present at the Marathon Village on the Burj Park throughout the day to entertain the participants and spectators. Food and Beverage facilities will be available and toilet facilities will be placed in the surrounding area of the Park.


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