Adnoc Abu Dhabi Marathon: timings and all you need to know
Full lowdown on the December 6 event in the capital
What is it?
The Adnoc Abu Dhabi Marathon (42.195 kilometres) returns to the capital for its second year running. It’s open to both elite and amateur runners and includes races run over the 10km, 5km, and 2.5km distances for men, women and juniors.
When is it?
Friday, December 6, starting at 6am.
Who is competing in the elite race?
Last year’s men’s winner Marius Kipserem of Kenya is back to defend his title and challenging him is compatriot Dickson Chumba, the record holder at Chicago Marathon 2014 in a time of 2hrs 4min 32sec.
The women’s race is headed by Kenyan Vivian Kiplagat, winner of the 2019 Milano Marathon (2:22:25), and last year’s runner up in Abu Dhabi, Eunice Chumba, the Kenyan-born runner competing under the Bahrain flag.
The full line up of the elite field will be announced at a press conference on Wednesday, December 4.
What is the prize money?
The winners of the men and women's marathons will each receive US$100,000 from the total prize fund $379,000.
Where can you watch the marathon?
Head towards the Event Village for live coverage of the race. You can also watch the athletes from anywhere along the Corniche Road, their key turnaround points are:
Grandstand – Start / Finish and at the 10km point
Turn point 1 – Heritage Park Al Mafia – 5km-6km and 29km-30km
Big Flag – 12km
Marathon Village – 18km
King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street - 19km-23km
The first elite male athletes are expected to complete the race around 8:05am and the first elite females by 8:27am.
When and where are the award ceremonies?
The marathon and 10km award ceremony will take place in front of the Adnoc Tower at approximately 8.45am and the presentation of awards for all other categories, excluding the fun run, at the Event Village from 11am.
What is happening at the race village?
The race village will be open from 5am and have live coverage on a giant screen where food and beverages can be purchased from food trucks.
In celebration of the UAE’s National Day, the village will open its doors on Monday, December 2 and will offer visitors a variety of cultural and sporty entertainment including a UAE national parade, Ayallah Dancers and training sessions hosted by the event’s sponsor; Fitness First.
The village activities will continue until the day of the marathon. Event village will open at 3pm to 9pm every day from December 2 to 5 and the following day when it will welcome visitors from 5am.
Can you still register for the race?
Over 10,000 participants have signed up for the marathon. Registration remains open until 23:59 on Wednesday, December 4.
For more information, visit www.adnocabudhabimarathon.com.
Updated: December 2, 2019 05:17 PM