With registrations open till the end of December, local and international runners of all standards are signing up for the biggest mass participation event in the Middle East – the 2017 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon.
Held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and staged under the aegis of the Dubai Sports Council, the marathon is expected to see more than 30,000 runners compete across the full marathon distance, the popular 10km event and the 4km Fun Run.
The 2017 event will be the 13th successive year with Standard Chartered Bank as title sponsor - and the bank has recently confirmed its support of the race for another four years.
“We are proud and delighted to have Standard Chartered as title sponsor as we continue with the progression and international standing of the Dubai Marathon,” said Event Director Peter Connerton.
“During our partnership with the bank – and thanks to the unwavering support of the Government of Dubai and the Dubai Sports Council – the Dubai Marathon has grown into one of the leading long distance events on the IAAF calendar. Today it is not only the richest marathon in the world but also one of the fastest, attracting world-class runners seeking personal bests and course records.”
The Marathon starts on Umm Suqeim Road at the Madinat Jumeirah end and is largely an out-and-back waterfront course along Jumeirah Beach. Runners pass Palm Island, Dubai Media City, the Grand Mosque and the famous Burj Al Arab before ultimately finishing just before the Dubai Police Academy.