Dubai Marathon


December 13th, 2012
Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon On Course For Record Registrations

With less than two months to go, the 2013 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon looks set for a record turnout with registrations higher than ever in the event’s 14 year history.

Recently awarded its second consecutive Gold Label status by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon is on course to break its own record of 17,141 runners who competed in January 2012 – yet another milestone for the city’s only official ‘Marathon’ race over the classic 42.195km distance.

“No sooner had the 2012 event finished than we were being asked when registration would open for the 2013 race,” said Event Director Peter Connerton. “It’s rewarding for everyone involved with the event that runners in the UAE and from further afield look forward to competing in the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon.

“As most people are aware, the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon is the only official race over the Marathon distance held annually in Dubai and is an event every runner in the emirates wants to be a part of.

“In 2000, we had just over 1,800 participants while next month we expect ten times that many people to join us for the start of our three races on Emaar Boulevard. Add in the global interest in the event, the quality of the race times and the success in winning two IAAF Gold Labels and it is clear that the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon has made impressive strides in just a short period of time.”

Held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai and under the aegis of the Dubai Sports Council, the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon is expected to see nearly 20,000 runners competing over the three events on January 25, 2013.

Among the big guns targeting Dubai’s flat and fast Marathon route will be Kenyan Moses Cheruiyot Mosop who competed for Kenya at the 2004 Olympic Games and went on to take the 10,000m bronze at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics. He also won silver at the 2007 IAAF World Cross Country Championships as well as team gold with Kenya in 2007 and 2009.

In Boston last year, Mosop and fellow Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai ran the fastest times ever recorded for a marathon – 2:03:06 and 2:03:02 respectively – shattering the Boston course record by nearly three minutes, although the times were not officially recognised by the IAAF due to the nature of the Boston course.

“It will be the first time we’ve seen Moses in Dubai but there is no doubting his excellent racing pedigree,” added Connerton. “As well as running superbly in Boston, he also won the Chicago Marathon in 2011 and was selected for the Kenyan Olympic team for London but had to withdraw due to injury.”

In addition to Standard Chartered as title sponsor, the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon is supported by the Dubai Sports Council, Adidas, 103.8FM, Emaar, Sport 360, Dubai Holding, Dubai Police and the RTA. Runners who would like to take part in the 2013 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon or the associated 10km and 3km events should register online only at

How to Register

Registration for the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon is available ONLINE ONLY.

42.195km Marathon
18 yrs and over? – Start Time – 7:00 am.
120 USD

10km Road Race
15 yrs and over – Start Time – 7:15 am.
60 USD

3km Fun Run
Open to all? – Start Time – 10:30 am.
15 USD

Rules and Regulations
All participants must agree to the following rules and regulations in order to proceed.

Rules and Regulations

The following rules and regulations apply to all entrants.

1. The official entry form must be completed fully by each intending participant. Completion of the entry form and payment of the entry fee represents acceptance of these terms and conditions.
2. The Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon is organised in accordance with the rules and regulations of the IAAF and AIMS and all participants agree to abide by these rules and regulations and comply with all reasonable directions and decisions made by the officials and representatives of the IAAF and AIMS.
3. Whilst every reasonable precaution will be taken by the organisers to ensure the participants safety. Participants run at their own risk and the organisers shall not be liable for any loss and/or damage whether personal or otherwise and howsoever arising. All participants accept responsibility for travel and medical insurance and for payment and/or reimbursement of any medical/surgical expenses incurred.
4. There is an official six hour finish time limit for the Marathon with police and medical support. Any remaining participants after this time are requested to run on the footpaths.
5. In accordance with the rules and regulations of the IAAF and AIMS, a runner must retire from the race immediately if requested to do so by any member of the official medical staff.
6. No pets or any form of wheeled transport is permitted on the route.. eg. in-line skates, roller blades, bicycles etc.
7. There will be no refund or transfer of participation for those participants who do not take part or if the event is cancelled for whatever the reason.
8. The organiser reserves the right to limit and refuse any entries.

Routes & Maps

The Marathon Course

The Marathon will start beside the Pavilion in Downtown Dubai just past the entrance of the Burj Khalifa then running along the Boulevard  turning left onto Doha Street with the Dubai Mall on the left. The route will then turn right heading up towards the Dubai World Trade Centre. After the Convention Centre the route turns left approaching the Trade Centre Roundabout heading straight through the roundabout and running into Diyafa Street in Satwa heading to the big flag at Union House. Turning left at the flag on Jumeirah Beach road the route runs all the way up to the turn before the Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach Hotel. After turning the route heads back the same way and through Satwa, past the Dubai World Trade Centre heading towards the Downtown Dubai area. At the junction opposite The Al Marooj Rotana the route turns left onto Doha Street with the Dubai Mall on the right then turning right into the Boulevard past the Dubai Mall and the Address Downtown and finishing approx 1km before the entrance to the Burj Khalifa.

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