The Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon is the most prestigious running event in the Middle East. It was first held in 2000 and attracts top class runners from around the world.
It is recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) as a Gold Label race, placing it in the same category as races such as the New York City Marathon, Boston Marathon, and London Marathon.
The date for the 2020 event is January 24.
Runners can register online on the official Dubai Marathon website (see information box below). Marathon entrants must be at least 18.
The race starts on Umm Suqeim Road in Al Sufouh, near the Madinat Jumeirah. The route follows the Dubai coastline. Runners first turn right onto Jumeriah Beach Road and head up to Union House in Jumeirah, passing the Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Jumeirah Beach Park.
On reaching Union House, runners then turn back, and continue past the starting point onto Al Sufouh Road. The route continues to Dubai Media City, passing the Palm Jumeirah. At Dubai Media City runners turn back and head back to the finish line on Umm Suqeim Road.
The event also features a 10 km road race and a 4 km fun run.
Start times are 6.30 am for the marathon, 9 am for the 10 km road race, and 11 am for the 4 km fun run (TBC).
Results for previous editions of the Dubai Marathon are shown in the table below. The course record (2 hours 3 minutes and 34 seconds) was set in 2019 by Ethiopian runner Getaneh Molla.
|Year||Men's Winner||Time||Women's Winner||Time|
|2000||Wilson Kibet (Kenya)||02:12:21||Ramilya Burangulova (Russia)||02:40:22|
|2001||Wilson Kibet (Kenya)||02:13:36||Ramilya Burangulova (Russia)||02:37:07|
|2002||Wilson Kibet (Kenya)||02:13:04||Albina Ivanova (Russia)||02:33:31|
|2003||Joseph Kahugu (Kenya)||02:09:33||Irina Permitina (Russia)||02:36:26|
|2004||Gashaw Asfaw (Ethiopia)||02:12:49||Leila Aman (Ethiopia)||02:42:36|
|2005||Dejene Guta (Ethiopia)||02:10:49||Diribe Hunde (Ethiopia)||02:39:08|
|2006||Joseph Kiprotich (Kenya)||02:13:02||Delilah Asiago (Kenya)||02:43:09|
|2007||William Rotich (Kenya)||02:09:53||Askale Tafa (Ethiopia)||02:27:19|
|2008||Haile Gebrselassie (Ethiopia)||02:04:53||Berhane Adere (Ethiopia)||02:22:42|
|2009||Haile Gebrselassie (Ethiopia)||02:05:29||Bezunesh Bekele (Ethiopia)||02:24:02|
|2010||Haile Gebrselassie (Ethiopia)||02:06:09||Mamitu Daska (Ethiopia)||02:24:18|
|2011||David Barmasai (Kenya)||02:07:18||Aselefech Mergia (Ethiopia)||02:22:45|
|2012||Ayele Abshero (Ethiopia)||02:04:23||Aselefech Mergia (Ethiopia)||02:19:31|
|2013||Lelisa Desisa (Ethiopia)||02:04:45||Tirfi Tsegaye (Ethiopia)||02:23:23|
|2014||Tsegaye Mekonnen (Ethiopia)||02:04:32||Mulu Seboka (Ethiopia)||02:25:01|
|2015||Berhanu Lemi (Ethiopia)||02:05:28||Aselefech Mergia (Ethiopia)||02:20:02|
|2016||Tesfaye Abera (Ethiopia)||02:04:24||Tirfi Tsegaye (Ethiopia)||02:19:41|
|2017||Tamirat Tola (Ethiopia)||02:04:11||Worknesh Degefa (Ethiopia)||02:22:36|
|2018||Mosinet Geremew (Ethiopia)||02:04:00||Roza Dereje (Ethiopia)||02:19:17|
|2019||Getaneh Molla (Ethiopia)||02:03:34||Ruth Chepngetich (Kenya)||02:17:08|
Venue: Starts and finishes near Madinat Jumeirah
Umm Suqeim Road
United Arab Emirates
Nearest Metro Station(s): Mall of the Emirates