The Dubai Marathon, a renowned sporting event in the region, is set to make a return to its traditional venue in the heart of the city for its 23rd edition on January 7, 2024. Sanctioned by the Dubai Sports Council, the event will feature three races – a 4km fun run, a 10km road race, and the classic 42.195km marathon distance.
The 2024 Dubai Marathon will commence and conclude on Umm Suqeim Road, a route that has been established after discussions between event organizers, the Dubai Sports Council, Dubai Police, and the Dubai Road and Transport Authority (RTA).
Saeed Hareb, Dubai Sports Council Secretary General, expressed the importance of the city’s full support for the event, highlighting its status as a significant annual sporting occasion that draws participants of all ages and skill levels.
The marathon will offer participants a route that includes Jumeirah Beach Road and passes by landmarks like the iconic Burj Al Arab and Madinat properties. Event Director Peter Connerton praised the collaboration between various governmental bodies, acknowledging their crucial role in facilitating the marathon and making it a successful endeavor.
The 2024 Dubai Marathon is anticipated to attract top athletes, emerging talents, and newcomers alike, as it provides an opportunity to achieve Olympic qualifying times ahead of the Summer Olympics in Paris, scheduled just over six months after the marathon. The course, known for being runner-friendly, is expected to yield quick times, particularly due to the favorable distance running conditions in Dubai’s early January climate.
Both men and women have until April 30, 2024, to meet the qualifying standards set by the Olympic Committee and their national federations to compete in the marathon at the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.
The Dubai Marathon is recognized by international athletes as a platform that can elevate their global profile and pave the way for a successful career in long-distance running.