Abu Dhabi officials have launched the inaugural Adnoc Abu Dhabi Marathon as efforts continue to make the city a world-class sporting destination.
The city will welcome the first race on December 7 after a three-year sponsorship deal was signed between The Abu Dhabi Sports Council and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).
Organisers are hoping for at least 15,000 runners pounding the pavements of the capital to kick off the annual event in style this year.
It will include a range of competitors, from elite world-class athletes all the way down to beginners.
And if the 42kilometre marathon sounds like too much for you to deal with, you can sign up for the 2.5km, 5km or 10km fun runs.
Aref Hamad Al Awani, Secretary General of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, said: “We are happy that we are finally completing one of the main pillars of our sporting aspiration with a marathon event to the calendar. It was a long lasting dream for us.
“Adnoc is the most important support for us and they have time and again done so in the past. We hope with their support we can have at least 15,000 participants this year.
“And we want to get that gold batch of a top class marathon event in three years’ time.”
RCS Active Team, the organisers of the successful Milan Marathon, have been brought in to help build Abu Dhabi marathon into a world-leading event.
The firm’s Head of Mass Events Andrea Trabuio said: “We will be looking at getting in top athletes. We are looking to make sure that the event grows.”
The marathon will join the likes of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and the FIFA Club World Cup
in the city's ambitious plans to attract the world's finest sporting talents to the UAE capital.
Entering the 2.5km or 5km events will cost between Dhs50-75, while the 10km will cost Dhs150.
Entries for the marathon race itself will cost Dhs350.