Dubai to Tehran: Rise of Middle East marathons

The GCC has become a hub for marathon running and is growing year on year.

Sport360 staff
by Sport360 staff
9th February 2017

article:9th February 2017

Have you run a marathon in the GCC?
Have you run a marathon in the GCC?

As the statistic box shows below, when it comes to marathon running, there’s plenty of options across the GCC.

Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar and of course, last but by no means least, Dubai, all host annual running events.

Most recently, the Iranian capital Tehran confirmed it will host its first marathon in April, the 1st Tehran International Marathon – proving yet again that the appetite for running is growing.

Read our full Inside Story on the 42.195km run in Iran.


What has your GCC marathon-running experience been like?

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