UAE’s marathon tops a list of 7 events that celebrate human endurance

January 26, 2018 1:17 pm


Running a marathon is not a flight response!
A marathon is an expression of will and endurance, no matter how old or young a participant is.
UAE has just concluded one of the region’s largest mass participation meets where over 30,000 runners were cheered as they coasted the streets of Dubai this morning, in Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon’s 19th edition.
One runner was toasted; Mosinet Geremew an Ethiopian, and 9 others of his countrymen placed 1-10, but the course record of 2 hours and 4 minutes, was Geremew’s alone.
The 2017 winner Tamirat Tola, was in third place in 2018.

The 4km, 10km and marathon routes. Courtesy of The National

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Bahrain Marathon- March 02, 2018
2017 was the 37th consecutive year the event takes raising significant funds for various charitable causes, where over the past 36 years, the Marathon Relay had raised in excess of $2.7 million.

Algeria’s Marathon Des Sables- 69 days away
18 years of Sahara Marathon and the 2018 edition revolves around a number 42, the kilometers needed to run to complete a marathon, to mark 42 years of exile for the Saharawi people.

Palestine Freedom of Movement Marathon- 23 march 2018
The Palestine Marathon is an annual road running event, including races over the marathon, half marathon, 10 km and 5 km distances, that takes place on the streets of Bethlehem, Palestine. This year’s race takes special meaning with US President Trump’s reaffirming his intent yesterday at Davos of moving the US embassy to Jerusalem.

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Beirut International Marathon (BIM)- November 2018 (day not yet determined)
BIM is s an annual event that takes place in Beirut. The first ever BIM was held on October 19, 2003 and the association has grown today organizing the yearly Youth Race, Women’s Race, Half Marathon and Beirut International Marathon with nearly 40,000 participants

Riyadh Marathon- February 16, 2018 (To be confirmed)
The Gulf International Bank Riyadh Marathon was held last February 24th, 2017 with over 200 runners and spectators gathered in the south of Riyadh and readied themselves for the ultimate physical challenge: 42.2 tough kilometres with five trips up the infamous Ranco hill.

Kuwai marathon (no date yet)
Gulf Bank 642 Marathon in 2017 celebrated the 642 total number of muscles in the human body!
Gulf Bank 642 Marathon is made for every individual who wants to experience a run, touring through the beautiful landmarks of Kuwait. From challenging athletes to beginners and even families.

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