Al Mouj Muscat Marathon routes unveiled

Sport360 staff 13:59 23/01/2017
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Designed to suit all levels of fitness and ability, the Al Mouj Muscat Marathon offers three separate routes for competitors in the “full marathon” event (42km), the “half marathon” (21km) and the “10km” challenge, though all three will start and finish at Al Mouj, Oman’s leading lifestyle destination and international sailing centre.

Full marathon runners will leave Al Mouj and turn right up Al Rouda Street in Al Hail North, then join Seeb Corniche all the way up to Wadi Bahayis Park before turning around for the return lap while half-marathon and 10kms competitors will venture into the renowned Al Mouj golf course towards Athaiba.

Runners will challenge themselves against the best time for the marathon course set at 02:49:00.

“We are delighted to unveil the marathon routes which we hope will help to grow the Muscat Marathon into one of the top in the world, appealing to both runners and supporters,” said Salma Al Hashmi, Oman Sail’s Chief Marketing Officer.

With a record number of entries, the sixth edition of the Muscat Marathon is set to be its most successful yet after organisers Muscat Road Runners teamed up with Oman Sail who have become renowned in the region for organising world class sailing events including the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Oman last year.

The move was designed to expand the Marathon’s potential by appealing to a larger regional and international audience and in securing Al Mouj as a title sponsor then passing the 1,250 entry target back in December, the marathon is on track to move into the top league, bringing Oman’s growing appeal as a popular destination for sports tourists under the spotlight.

Nasser bin Masoud Al Sheibani, CEO of Al Mouj Muscat said “There is no doubt that sports tourism is one of the most important components of the tourism sector across the world and the Sultanate is no exception. Understanding that tourism is a key contributor to the GDP, Al Mouj Muscat has always been organising and hosting international sport events.”

“We are proud of Al Mouj Golf, Oman’s first signature course considered one of the world’s most stunning golfing facilities. Al Mouj Marina, of course, has been providing an international focus to Oman by regularly attracting elite international sailing events,” he said.

A number of pioneering organisations also joined forces to maximise the potential of the event including Muscat Municipality, the Royal Omani Amateur Radio Society, Horizon Fitness, Tanuf, Elegant Colours and Strabag.

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