World’s elite runners join Adnoc Abu Dhabi Marathon

By DG Staff

Elite runners participating in Adnoc Abu Dhabi Marathon 2019 – (L-R) Lucas Rotich, Marius Kipserem, Abrha Milaw, Caroline Kilel, Vivian Kiplagat and Eunice Chumba

ABU DHABI 5 December 2019: The Adnoc Abu Dhabi Marathon has revealed that some of the world’s most talented runners will participate in its second edition on Friday, December 6th.

An enticing head-to-head has been announced in the men’s race as last year’s winner Marius Kipserem (Ken) will lead the field alongside Dickson Chumba (Ken) who won last year’s Tokyo Marathon. In the female category, elite runners will include Eunice Chumba (Bah), who placed second in last year’s Adnoc Abu Dhabi Marathon, and, Vivian Kiplagat (Ken) who won the Milano Marathon last spring with a new personal best.

In celebration of the UAE’s National Day, the Event Village opened its doors on December 2nd where visitors have experienced a variety of cultural and sporting entertainment which will continue up until the day of the race. The attractions include a UAE national parade, Ayallah dancers and training sessions hosted by Fitness First. The Event Village is open from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm every day from December 2nd to December 5th, and will welcome visitors from 5:00 am until 1:00 pm on December 6th.

Over 16,000 participants have already signed up for the marathon this month with registration set to close at midnight on December 4th.

Host broadcaster Abu Dhabi Media will provide the live TV coverage of the event, with Arabic commentary on Abu Dhabi Sports Channel 1 and English commentary on Abu Dhabi Sports Channel 2. Building up to race day, a special live show will air at 19:00 on the marathon’s eve on Abu Dhabi Sports Channel 1 while pre-race and post-race studio shows on the day of the race will start from 05:30. A 52-minute highlights magazine will also be aired at 17:00 on Abu Dhabi Sports Channel 2.

Dubai Gazette