Grab your running shoes and put on your game face as the countdown to the Dubai Marathon has begun.
The region’s oldest long-distance running race has been scheduled, and it’s only a few days away. Yes, you read it right. Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon, the most anticipated racing event in the United Arab Emirates, is returning after a break of 1,115 days on February 12, 2023.
- History of The Dubai Marathon
- How to Register for The Dubai Marathon 2023
- Route Map of Dubai Marathon
- Event Details
History of The Dubai Marathon
Since 1998, Dubai has held the annual Dubai Marathon, a road-based marathon. World Athletics classifies the marathon as a Gold Label Road Race. It is organized by the Dubai Sports Council. The first Dubai Marathon took place on November 27, 1998. The marathon began outside the Al Wasl Club and finished at the Al Wasl Stadium. A total of 150 participants took part in the event, with 48 finishing.
How to Register for The Dubai Marathon 2023
If you are ready to take up the challenge then you can register for the marathon on the official website of the Dubai Marathon. You can also go through all the rules and regulations of the marathon on the website.
Which events are taking place in the Dubai Marathon?
In addition to the marathon, there will be a half marathon, a 10K run, and a 4K fun run. A health and fitness expo and a kids’ race are two of the several satellite activities that are being organized in conjunction with the marathon.
Registration Fee and Age Limit
42.195km Marathon – 150 USD – 18 years and over
10km Road Race – 85 USD – 15 years and over
4km Fun Run – 50 USD – Open to all
Starting Times of the Events
42.195km Marathon – 6:00 am
10km Road Race – 7:15 am
4km Fun Run – 10:00 am
You have a strong chance to beat your personal best because the course is flat. Also, the course surface is an asphaltic road.
What is included in the Entry?
Your entry includes:
- Finisher Medal
- Event T-shirts
- Timing Chip (Single use)
- Expo Entry
- Drink Stations
- Medical Assistance
- Baggage Facility
Route Map of Dubai Marathon
The Marathon Course
The Marathon Route will begin on the Umm Suqeim Road at the Madinat Jumeirah end, turning left onto Al Sufouh, passing Dubai College Junction, the entrance to Palm Island, and U-turning back at The One & Only Mirage Hotel entrance at Dubai Media City, before continuing along Al Sufouh onto the Jumeirah Beach Road, passing the Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach Hotel.
The runners will race up Jumeirah Beach Road towards the Union Flag, pass it, U-turn at the next junction, and then sprint back down Jumeirah Beach Road past the Union Flag. The runners will return via Jumeirah Beach Road, passing the Grand Mosque, the Old Jumeirah Beach Park, and the Burj Al Arab. After crossing the Burj Al Arab, the runners will turn left at the Madinat Jumeirah intersection and race on the left side of the road for approximately 500 meters down the Umm Suqueim Road to the finish right before the Dubai Police Academy.
42.195km Marathon Route Map
42.195km Marathon Route Video
10km Road Race Route Map
10km Road Race Route Video
4km Fun Run Route Map
4km Fun Run Route Video
“The Dubai Marathon is returning on February 12, 2023. The event is the region’s oldest long-distance running race and one of the fastest-distance races in international road racing.”
“The 22nd Dubai Marathon is preparing to welcome elite athletes from around the world to participate in the marathon and associated races, including the 10km road race and 4km Fun Run.”
The temperature on the Day of the Marathon
In the beginning, the temperature will be around 10-15 degrees Celsius.
The Marathon has a set official completion time restriction of 6 hours with police and medical assistance. After this point, everyone still running is asked to stay on the sidewalks.
Running with a pet or using a wheeled transport
Pets and any type of wheeled transportation, such as bicycles, in-line skates, and rollerblades, are not allowed on the course.
Information about the prizes/awards for the Dubai Marathon 2023 has not yet been released by organizers.
Why the Dubai Marathon was not held in 2021 and 2022?
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the race’s organizers announced in 2020 that they would “not be staging a marathon/mass participation event of any format in Dubai in January 2021.”
Due to Qatar’s hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the race’s 2022 edition was postponed to February 12, 2023, after organizers realized that, due to a lack of lodging in Qatar, many football fans would be planning to stay in the UAE during the tournament, restricting lodging and travel options for marathoners if the race were to be held during the tournament.
Peter Connerton, Managing Director of Pace Events, said, “The feedback from the industry is that competitors are eager to join us on the start line on February 12.” So, are you going to start pounding the pavement in preparation for a sprint to the finish line?