Start & Finish
The start & finish of the Marathon and 10km will be on the Umm Suqeim Road opposite the Madinat Jumeirah and in the shadow of the iconic Burj Al Arab. Both these starts will be at the Madinat Jumeirah end of Umm Suqeim Road. The 4km will start on Al Wasl Road adjacent to the Al Jalila Foundation. All the finishes will be at the Dubai Police Academy end of Umm Suqeim Road.
Marathon – 6:30 am.
10km Road Race – 9:00 am.
4 km Fun Run – 11:00 am.
Getting to the Start
All participants are advised NOT to attempt to park in the Jumeirah Beach Road, Al Sufouh Road, Madinat Jumeirah or Police Academy area. There will be extensive road closures in place in these areas. If you do drive to the immediate areas near the start and finish listed above you do so at your own risk as this will create extensive traffic congestion and delays in getting to the start.
If you are travelling by car plan your trip. Avoid parking in the immediate areas to the start and finish. There are many accessible areas to park along the Al Wasl Road junctions away from the start and finish. Parking would be possible in the Mall of the Emirates/Al Barsha area with access made by crossing from the Dubai Metro Bridge at Mall of the Emirates taking you to the back of the starts walking past the Dubai Police Academy.
Select an area that is familiar to you and give yourself plenty of time to walk the remaining distance to the back of the start area from the Al Wasl Road direction and Mall of the Emirates/Al Barsha area.
There will be a taxi drop off point before the race and collection point after the race on the Al Wasl Road. If possible book your taxi in advance to avoid delays and when booking plan to arrive at least 90 minutes before the start. Extra taxis will be available throughout the morning and afternoon.
Please come early to avoid any rush or delays.
Run Number Collection
Run Numbers must be collected on the following dates at:
Monday 16th – 10.00am to 7.00pm
Tuesday 17th – 10.00am to 7.00pm
Wednesday 18th – 10:00am to 7:00pm
Thursday 19th – 10:00am to 5:00pm
The Race Pack Collection location at Meydan is to the left side of The Meydan Hotel main entrance in the Turf Suite on the 4th floor. Click Here for Location Map.
PLEASE NOTE: Everyone is advised to collect their own run number in person and provide proof of identity.
If you are having difficulty collecting your own run number we are allowing you to designate another person to collect on your behalf. In order to do this the person collecting on your behalf must have a printout of the final confirmation letter you will receive by e-mail on January 9th. They must have proof of their identity in order to do this.
T/Shirts, Medals and Certificates
Marathon – All marathon participants will receive an Adidas Climacool official race t/shirt, a finishers medal and downloadable finishers certificate.
10km Road Race – All 10km participants will receive an Adidas Climacool official race t/shirt, a finishers medal and downloadable finishers certificate.
4km Fun Run – All 4km participants will receive an Adidas Climacool official race t/shirt, a finishers medal and downloadable participants certificate.
Race Day Temperature
The temperature will be approximately 10-15 degrees Celcius at the start.
The race will be timed using the “MikaTag” electronic timing system. Chips/Tags will be attached to the race bib number you will receive in your race pack. Do not remove this tag from your bib number. No Tag attached. No Time.
Drink Stations – Water
Marathon – Water Stations will be provided every 2.5km from 5km to 40km and at the finish.
10km Road Race – Water Stations will be provided at the 5km point and at the finish.
4km Fun Run – Water will be provided at the finish.
Drink Stations – Isotonic
Marathon – Isotonic drinks (ISOSTAR) will be available at 10km, 15km, 20km, 25km, 30km, 35km and at the finish.
Sponges will be provided after the following stations on the Marathon route: 5km,10km,15km, 20km, 25km, 30km, 35km and 40km.
Toilets will be provided after the following stations on the Marathon route: 5km, 10km, 15km, 20km, 25km, 30km, 35km, 40km and at the finish.
An Ambulance and medical station will be available approximately 200 metres after each main drink station on the Marathon route at 5km, 10km, 15km, 20km, 25km, 30km, 35km, 40km and at the finish. Medics will also be present at every intermediary station.
Baggage facilities will be available near the start and finish area. (Marathon Runners Only) Full details to follow.
Please use the baggage bag provided to you when you collect your race pack and make sure that the sticker you received with your run number is placed on your baggage bag. Only the baggage bag provided to you will be accepted at the baggage area.
Live bands and a selection of other activities will be available at the Marathon Village throughout the day to entertain the participants and spectators. Food and Beverage facilities will also be available at the Marathon Village.
Ive run this race twice and both times I got a PB.
The regstration process is standard marathon. Enter online and pick up your number in the days before at a point outside the city.
The race starts at 6am because of the heat. There is a 10km too. The route is wide and flat and smooth. You literally run up the street turn at the end and turn round and go back. You can see runners going the other way for most of the race. The sun comes up at about 8 and the temperature rockets! I lived in Oman at the time of running this so the heat wasn’t a problem for me I saw a lot people struggling with it. The support is sparse at the start it’s still pretty dark and considered cold for Dubai. By the time you get to the end the support is great and the sun is shining. There’s not much to say about the route up one side and down the other. If it’s a PB you are after and you can take some time to acclimatise this race is perfect.
The medal is nice and big and chunky and the finish area had plenty of things to eat. The good thing is if you are a 4 - 430 runner you are done by 10am
Posted on 14.04.18