By Gavin Gibbon
Participants challenged to run 42.195km from their own home
Seven hundred and forty nine people, representing 62 different nationalities, have vowed to turn their villas and apartments into a marathon course this Friday.
The hardy competitors have signed up to take part in the world’s first ‘Marathon at Home’, running 42.195km form the ‘comfort’ of their own house.
The event is a collaboration between Dubai Sports Council, ASICS Middle East and 5:30 Run club as part of Dubai Sports Council’s ‘Be Fit, Be Safe’ campaign.
The ‘field’ includes runner from the UAE, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain and Jordan.
Of the 749 participants, who registered through the www.530run.ae website, 526 are males and 223 females, with the youngest participant being 18 years old and the oldest 65.
The marathon will take place between 8am and 6pm on Friday, UAE time, with a 10-hour time cap.
Participants are free to decide on the shape of their running course, but running on a treadmill or any other training equipment is not allowed. Running in public areas is also not allowed – running must be done physically on ground, and inside the house.
Participants have to ensure they have a fully charged smartwatch or smartphone on them, with the Strava app installed and activated. They will have to join the “Marathon at Home” group on Strava and stay connected as the app will detect their movement and will assist in keeping track of their timing and distance traveled.
All finishers will receive a certificate from ASICSME and 5:30 Run, an ASICS t-shirt and a finisher medal.
The top three finishers in the two categories – men and women - will get a full running gear kit by ASICS, an entry ticket to the Moscow Marathon, which takes place in September, and a finisher medal. The Top 10, meanwhile, will receive 10 EMS (electrical muscle stimulation) functional training sessions from Vertexfitness.