Abu Dhabi (Etihad)
With the slogan “Run in Abu Dhabi”, the third edition of the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon starts today with the participation of 12,000 male and female competitors representing the world’s elite runners, as well as all sections of society participating in the extraordinary event hosted by Abu Dhabi Sports Council and sponsored by Abu Dhabi National Oil Company “ADNOC”. , according to the specified capacity of the event, which is held with precautions and preventive measures and the highest safety standards.
The marathon is being held for the third year, at the same time as the country’s celebration of the 50th national day, where the individual marathon at a distance of 42.2 km, the double marathon – a relay of 42.2 km, and the People of Determination on bicycles. start at 5:45 in front of ADNOC’s headquarters at Abu Dhabi Corniche.
The elite runners are expected to arrive at 7.48, and the women arrive at. 8.05, followed by the coronation of elite men and women at. 8.30, and then the associated joint races start, and the start of the 10 km joint race, which begins at 6:30 in the morning, while the 5 km race starts at 9:15 in the morning, followed by 9:30 in the morning, 2.5 km- run.
The ADNOC Marathon course starts in front of the ADNOC headquarters with a direct view of the Founder’s Memorial, while the community races that accompany the event start their run from 18th Street, which includes distances of 2.5 km, 5 km and 10 km.
After the starting line, all participants walk across the Corniche on a path that goes around Qasr Al Hosn – one of the oldest and most beautiful historic stone buildings in the capital Abu Dhabi.
During the race, participants will pass through the Heritage Village and the flagpole in the breakwater area, then turn around the “Marina Mall” to reach King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street towards Qasr Al-Hosn again, and then return to the marathon. the finish line at Corniche Abu Dhabi in the village built specifically for the event in the southern square of the ADNOC headquarters, while participants in other races finish the race on 18th Street, opposite the ADNOC reception center.
It is worth noting that the total prizes for the event amount to 300,000 US dollars (1.1 million UAE dirhams), divided into all categories. An additional $ 30,000 prize is offered to anyone who breaks the current record set in the main marathon, which is 2.04.40 hours for men and 2.21.11 hours for women.
While cash prizes of $ 8,500 were awarded to the wheelchair category and $ 11,000 to the 10km race category.
His Excellency Dr. Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, President of the Department of Community Development in Abu Dhabi, praised the outstanding efforts of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company “ADNOC” and their supportive role in the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon, which is held annually with the aims to improve sports patterns and improve fitness in all sections of society, in support of the quality of life index. In Abu Dhabi, His Excellency confirmed that such initiatives help motivate sections of society to participate and interact in all activities and events, leading to a healthy, sustainable sports culture for all, improving daily lifestyles and raising awareness. on the importance of sport in meeting health challenges and obstacles.
His Excellency said: “The organization of the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon, with global participation and participation from the local community, embodies a valuable national sports and community initiative and an important station for achieving community interaction with sport and consolidating practice and positive behavior in a way that which supports awareness and education plans in sports and health, and reduces chronic diseases among the categories of our authentic society that deserve them.These major sporting events that bring together world stars in one event will help to consolidate the position of the United Arab Emirates globally and Abu Dhabi as a leading destination for hosting major international sporting events. “
His Excellency continued: “We thank ADNOC and the Abu Dhabi Sports Council for their eager and active role in supporting development plans and social responsibility and for delivering such initiatives that achieve an important addition in the way of government programs aimed at supporting sport and community movement to record new achievements and distinguished interaction. “
Al Hammadi .. “A story of running”
Inspirational stories are an idea that requires courage, and there are stories of success on earth, far from “fantasy or dreams.” And because sports do not know the impossible, the “favorite hobby” becomes a real practice among young people.
Abdullah Abdul Qader Al Hammadi is one of the citizen runners who became involved in the world of “marathon runners” from the Abu Dhabi gate, and is participating in the “ADNOC Marathon” today in the pursuit of a new success.
Al-Hammadi believes that “running” has been a favorite hobby for him since his school days because it is a means of transportation from home to the club to play football or tennis on the island of Dalma, and it covers approximately 2,000 meters.
He said: After moving to Abu Dhabi to study at the university, my brother told me about the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon, and from here was the beginning, and I started running away from football training with the Khalifa University team, and after attending in the Ras Al Khaimah Marathon I participated in various races to raise fitness.
Abdullah Al Hammadi indicated that he began to reap the benefits of his efforts by climbing the podiums in community races, which he believed were only for “professionals”, or those who have been involved in running since childhood. The expected dream.