Dubai is gearing up for the much-awaited marathon of the year, which is all set to take place on February 12th. The Dubai Marathon 2023, after a two-year break due to the pandemic, will be the 22nd edition of this famous road race.
After a two-year hiatus caused by the pandemic, the 22nd edition of the renowned long-distance road race is back. It has the support of the Dubai Sports Council and the cooperation of several government entities. This year’s race welcomes elite athletes and promises to be an exciting event.
New Route for Dubai Marathon 2023
The iconic 42.195km race will start and finish at Expo City this year, offering participants a new and exciting route. The marathon’s course will be changed for the first time since its launch in 1998. The runners will start at Jubilee Park, pass through Expo City, Sheikh Zayed Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street, Jumeirah Golf Estates, and Dubai Investment Park, and then loop back to the Al Wasl Dome for the finish.
The new starting point at Expo City is expected to provide an enhanced experience for runners, who will get to explore a new side of Dubai. The change of route will also bring in new challenges for runners, with an elevation gain of 170 meters throughout the race. The new course will require more endurance and stamina from runners, which makes for a more thrilling and adventurous experience.
Prize Money for Dubai Marathon 2023
The Dubai Marathon Open offers a substantial amount of prize money for the top 10 finishers of both the men’s and women’s races. The winner of the men’s and women’s races will receive a whopping $80,000 in prize money. The second and third-place finishers will also receive a significant amount of $40,000 and $20,000, respectively.
The fourth and fifth-place finishers will take home $10,000 and $5,000, respectively. The sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth-place finishers will also receive prize money ranging from $4,000 to $1,500, a considerable amount compared to many other marathons worldwide.
Register for the Dubai Marathon
If you’re interested in running the Dubai Marathon or one of the shorter races, registration is still open. The registration fee for the marathon is $150, the 10km run is $85, and the 4km run is $50.
You can register online quickly and easily, but be sure to do it soon since the deadline is approaching. To collect your run number, you’ll need to head to the Dubai World Trade Centre between 10 am and 10 pm on Friday, February 10th, or between 10 am and 5 pm on Saturday, February 11th.
Watch the Dubai Marathon Live
For those not participating in the Dubai Marathon, you can still be part of the action by watching the race live. The marathon begins at 6 am, the 10km run at 8 am, and the 4km run at 11 am. All participants and supporters can access Expo City via the metro.
The metro will run from 4 am, providing easy access to Expo City for both participants and supporters. This is an excellent opportunity to cheer on the amazing athletes and soak up the atmosphere of one of the world’s most famous running events.
The Dubai Marathon provides live GPS tracking of athletes during the race, allowing fans to track their favorite runners using the Mika tracking and event app. The app displays an athlete’s position in real-time, providing more accurate information than traditional tracking methods.
In addition, fans can view split times and estimated finish times live in the app. This allows fans to follow the progress of their favorite runners and provides a more immersive experience for those watching the race from afar.
Marathon Safety Measures
All participants and spectators will have to adhere to the COVID-19 protocols set by the government, including wearing masks and social distancing. Water stations will be located every 2.5km on the new route, and medical stations will be available for any necessary medical assistance. Participants can also choose to wear their own hydration packs or belts to reduce contact at the water stations.
Preparing for the Marathon
To ensure a smooth and hassle-free experience, it’s essential to prepare in advance.
- » Wear comfortable clothing and shoes that can handle the distance
- » Collect your race number from the Dubai World Trade Centre
- » Race numbers can be collected on February 10th between 10 am and 10 pm or on February 11th between 10 am and 5 pm.
The 22nd edition of the Dubai Marathon promises to be a fantastic event for runners and supporters alike. With a new route that offers a different perspective of Dubai, participants can expect an exciting challenge. Whether running the full marathon, the 10km run, or the 4km run, be sure to register online quickly and collect your run number on time. For supporters, make your way to Expo City on Sunday, February 12th, and be part of the excitement.
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