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Dubai's financial hub launches first half marathon race

Registration is now open for the first City Half Marathon taking place in the heart of the Dubai International Financial Centre

Dubai's financial hub launches first half marathon race
The race will begin in front of The Gate Building and loop around the Dubai International Financial Centre.

Registration is now open for the first City Half Marathon taking place in the heart of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).

The half marathon will take place during the annual 30-day Dubai Fitness Challenge and is scheduled for Friday October 25.

Endorsed by the Dubai Sports Council, this International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) measured course will begin in front of The Gate Building and loop around the Dubai International Financial Centre.

Organisers said they expect the event will attract thousands of runners and spectators from across the globe.

Khalid Ali Al Awar, director of Sports Events Department at DSC, said: “The DIFC is home to some of Dubai's most iconic landmarks and a half marathon in this swanky, urban district will certainly be of huge interest to UAE's burgeoning band of distance runners, both the fitness-conscious amateurs and the hardened professionals among them.

"We have seen thousands of them line up for similar events in Dubai and across the country, and they will certainly cherish this band new opportunity to compete and test their limits.”

The City Half Marathon is open to participants aged 16 years and over and will also feature 5km and 10km race categories.

Donal Kilalea, Director, Promoseven Sports Marketing said: “Dubai is lucky enough to see an abundance of sporting events, so the challenge was to create something new. The course we have designed offers a unique experience for the local community as well as appealing to an international audience, we are confident this event will become a staple on the Dubai sporting calendar.”

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