Abu Dhabi Marathon 2021 to take place on November 26

Staff Reporter/Abu Dhabi
Filed on September 19, 2021
Organisers announce the schedule of this year's Abu Dhabi Marathon. — Supplied photo

The total prize fund of this year's Abu Dhabi Marathon is worth Dh1.11 million

Prizes worth Dh1.11 million ($303,000) will be up for grabs for the winners of this year’s Abu Dhabi Marathon set to take place on November 26.

Event organiser, Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC), and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) on Sunday announced the race routes, prize purse and official T-shirt design for the third edition of the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon.

There are several race categories available for runners to choose from, including the individual 42.2km marathon distance, a marathon relay for teams of two, 10km, 5km and 2.5km, as well as a wheelchair race category.

As title sponsor, the marathon reinforces ADNOC’s commitment to elevating the health and wellbeing of the community as the company continues to support the UAE’s efforts to promote healthy lifestyles and achieve UN Sustainable Development Goal #3.

The total prize fund for the 2021 ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon is worth $303,000 (Dh1.11 million) and will be shared across the various categories, with both elite male and female marathon winners taking home $50,000 (Dh183,500) each. A bonus cash of $30,000 is also being awarded, should they break the current course records of 2:04:40 and 2:21:01 for the male and female races respectively. Cash prizes of $8,500 and $11,000 will be awarded to winners of the wheelchair and 10km categories respectively.

Aref Al Awani, General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, said during a Press conference held at the ADNOC Business Centre: “The third edition of the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon is witnessing a great turnout of more than 4,000 participants, despite the challenges posed by the pandemic. It’s an indication of the keenness and interaction of the Abu Dhabi community to participate in the event and express the extent of the growth and increase of runners in Abu Dhabi in particular, and the UAE in general.

“And with the launch of the upcoming event, Abu Dhabi once again proves its pioneering role in the sports industry, by hosting a large number of sporting events and earning praise for its organizational capabilities and infrastructure.

“We are delighted with the partnership with ADNOC which already embodies its corporate identity and its strategy through its sponsorship and support for the marathon and all global and community sporting events.

“We are also thankful for the presence of the sports brand Nike among the list of sponsors of the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon, as well as for the support of the Department of Community Development, General Command of Abu Dhabi Police, Department of Municipalities and Transport, Tadweer and Al Ain Water.

“Last but not the least, the authorities that worked to uphold all precautionary measures in order to ensure the safety of all participants.”

The 2021 ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon will start in front of the iconic ADNOC Headquarters, offering direct views of the Founder’s Memorial, while runners participating in the 2.5km, 5km and 10km races will begin on 18th Street.

Following the start gun, runners will head out along the Corniche and loop around Qasr Al Hosn, one of Abu Dhabi’s oldest and most beautiful historical stone buildings. Participants will then pass the Emirates Heritage Village, home to one of the tallest flagpoles in the world, before making their way behind Marina Mall and up and down King Abdulla Street before returning to the Corniche for a final loop of Qasr Al Hosn. Marathon runners will cross the finish line in the event village, located in the South Plaza of the ADNOC HQ Campus, while all other participants will finish in 18th Street, opposite the ADNOC Welcome Centre.

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