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Regis­tra­tion closes on Wed­nes­day to take part in first Abu Dhabi Marathon www.ad­no­cabud­habi­marathon.com

The in­au­gu­ral AD­NOC Abu Dhabi Marathon will take place on De­cem­ber 7 this year, with regis­tra­tion set to close on Wed­nes­day.

The 42.195-kilo­me­tre marathon and the 10km race will both be timed and will see the par­tic­i­pa­tion of se­ri­ous run­ners from dif­fer­ent age groups and skill lev­els, while the 5km race and 2.5km ‘fun run’ will give par­tic­i­pants of all ages and abil­i­ties the op­por­tu­nity to get in­volved in the event.

The $379,000 prize fund will be spread across all the race cat­e­gories, with $100,000 awarded to each of the male and fe­male win­ners of the full-dis­tance race, $25,000 for run­ners-up in each, and $15,000 for third place.

A $3,150 cash prize will also be awarded to the male and fe­male win­ners of the wheel­chair cat­e­gory.

En­try fees, plus VAT, are Dh350 for the full marathon, Dh150 for the 10km, Dh75 for the 5km and Dh50 for the 2.5km.

In­ter­na­tional ath­letes Abra­ham Kip­tum, Stan­ley Bi­wott, Gelete Burka and Eu­nice Che­bichii will all line up, with half-marathon worl­drecord holder, Abra­ham Kip­tum, also com­pet­ing in the first-ever Abu Dhabi Marathon.

Paul Ter­gat, the Kenyan for­mer marathon world-record holder, de­signed the route and ex­pressed his pride in do­ing so.

“De­sign­ing the route was an in­ter­est­ing yet chal­leng­ing task,” said the 49-year-old, who also won sil­ver in the 10,000 me­tres at both the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games.

“We wanted par­tic­i­pants to run by the cap­i­tal city’s greatest land­marks and en­joy the scenery in an in­ter­est­ing way.

“The route is a mix­ture of mod­ern sta­tions and some of UAE’s old­est and most-re­spected land­marks, pro­vid­ing a great op­por­tu­nity for par­tic­i­pants and sup­port­ers to ex­pe­ri­ence new ad­ven­tures and visit new places.”

Par­tic­i­pants will be­gin the marathon out­side the AD­NOC Head­quar­ters, on Abu Dhabi’s famed Cor­niche, and fol­low a route to­wards the Emi­rates Her­itage Vil­lage.

They then make their way around Ma­rina Mall, along King Ab­dul­lah Bin Ab­du­laziz Al Saud street, and on to Qasr Al Hosn, one of Abu Dhabi’s old­est and most beau­ti­fully main­tained stone build­ings.

The fi­nal stretch of the race runs through Mina Zayed, be­fore re­turn­ing to AD­NOC HQ.

To find out more in­for­ma­tion – or for de­tails on how to sign up – visit www.ad­no­cabud­habi­marathon.com.

What: AD­NOC Abu Dhabi Marathon Where: Abu Dhabi When: De­cem­ber 7 Con­tact: Visit www.ad­no­cabud­habi­marathon.com

Stun­ning scenery: Par­tic­i­pants will run across Abu Dhabi.

Keep­ing good com­pany: Abra­ham Kip­tum has signed up for the race.

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