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Monday 18 February 2019 (UAE)   

Standard and Chartered Dubai Marathon

The Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon is an annual event run in mid-January, and incorporates a full marathon as well as additional shorter runs for those who don't have the stamina or build of gazelles (a 10 km Road Race, and a 3 km Fun Run). Standard & Chartered Bank are the Dubai Marathon sponsors (thus the longer name), and Dubai Holding offers an extra $1,000,000 (AED 3,670,000) to the winner if they break the world record time. From 2008, first prize is $250,000 (AED 917,500) for both men and women, making it the "World's Richest Marathon." The Dubai Marathon is run early on a Friday morning, which, by a happy coincidence, lucky planning, or good intentions, is the time when Dubai traffic is at its lowest during daylight hours. Roads along the marathon route are closed to all normal traffic until just after lunch, after which any late stragglers in the marathon are presented with the additional challenge of dodging Dubai drivers.

  • Standard & Chartered have been the Dubai Marathon sponsors since 2005. Before that, it was the Samsung Dubai Marathon from 2000-2005. Aftron were the sponsors in 1998.
  • In December 2007, Dubai Sports Channel signed a 5 year deal (from 2008-2012) with Dubai Marathon to broadcast the event live, and supply international networks with highlights.
  • The first Dubai Marathon was 1988, 1998, or 2000 depending on who you listen to. In 2009, reports said it was the 10th edition, implying that 2000 was the year of the first Dubai Marathon. Who's Alan Chilton then?
2010 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon
  • The 11th Dubai Marathon date was Friday 22 January 2010
  • Haile Gebrselassie won for the third time in a row but missed out on an extra $1 million as he didn't break the world record. He said he had woken up with a sore back.
  • About 2,000 runners were in the marathon, and another 10,000 in the 10km and 3km runs.
2009 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon

The 10th Dubai Marathon was held on Friday 16 January 2009 on a wet gloomy day with the winner, Haile Gebrselassie being chased by rainclouds in addition to his pace makers to try and push him to a new world record. In the end, he missed out by about a minute and a half (he himself set a world record time of 2:03:59 in Berlin during 2008).

Dubai Marathon start times and fee details

  • Marathon start time 0630, registration fees AED 300-370, distance 42.195 km
  • Road race start time 0645, registration fees AED 150-185, distance 10 km
  • Fun run start time 1100, registration fees AED 40-50, distance 3 km

Start and finish is at the Westin Mina Seyahi. Route is along Al Sufouh Rd and Jumeirah Beach Road to the Union House flagpole (the big one) and back. The road will be closed from about 0500-1300, and runners still on the route after that time have to move to the pavement or catch a Dubai taxi.

Dubai Marathon list of winners
Date   Winner Men's Country Time   Winner Women's Country Time
22 January 2009   Haile Gebrselassie Ethiopia 2:06:09   Mamitu Daska Molisa Ethiopia 2:24:18
16 January 2009   Haile Gebrselassie Ethiopia 2:05:29   Bezunesh Bekele Sertsu Ethiopia 2:24.02
18 January 2008   Haile Gebrselassie Ethiopia 2:04:53   Berhane Adere Ethiopia 2:22:42
12 January 2007   William Todoo Rotich Kenya 2:09:53   Magarsa Assale Tafa Ethiopia 2:27:19
17 February 2006*   Joseph Kiprotich Ngeny Kenya 2:13:02   Delilah Asiago / Osiago Kenya 2:43:09
07 January 2005   Dejene Guta Ethiopia 2:10:49   Diribe Hunde Ethiopia 2:39:08
09 January 2004   Gashaw Melese Asfaw Ethiopia 2:12:49   Leila Aman Ethiopia 2:42:36
10 January 2003   Joseph Kahugu Kenya 2:09:33   Irina Permitina Russia 2:36:26
11 January 2002   Wilson Kibet Kenya 2:13:04   Albina Iwanowa Russia 2:33:31
12 January 2001   Wilson Kibet Kenya 2:13:36   Ramilja Burangulowa Russia 2:37:07
14 January 2000   Wilson Kibet Kenya 2:12:21   Ramilja Burangulowa Russia 2:40:22
27 November 1998   Alan Chilton UK 2:23:08        
  • * The 2006 Dubai Marathon was originally scheduled for Friday 06 January 2006 but was postponed after the death of the Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Ruler of Dubai, on 04 January 2006
Dubai Marathon contact details
  • Dubai Marathon Office tel +971-4-4335669, PO Box 57176 Dubai UAE
  • Dubai Marathon Press Office tel +971-4-3512887
Last update Thursday 11-Feb-2010
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