The inaugural ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon will take place on December 7 this year, with details of the race route officially unveiled on Wednesday.
Co-organisers the Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) revealed Emporio Armani EA7 as the official technical sponsor as well as details of the prize fund for the race.
The 42.195-kilometer marathon and the 10km race will both be timed and will see the participation of serious runners from different age groups and skill levels, while the 5km race and 2.5km ‘fun run’ will give participants of all ages and abilities the opportunity to get involved in the event.
The $379,000 prize fund will be spread across all the race categories, with $100,000 awarded to each of the male and female winners of the full-distance race, $25,000 for runners-up in each, and $15,000 for third place.
A $3,150 cash prize will also be awarded to the male and female winners of the wheelchair category.
Paul Tergat, the Kenyan former marathon world record holder, designed the route and expressed his pride in doing so.
“Designing the route was an interesting yet challenging task,” said the 49-year-old, who also won silver in the 10,000 metres at both the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games.
“We wanted participants to run by the capital city’s greatest landmarks and enjoy the scenery in an interesting way.
“The route is a mixture of modern stations and some of UAE’s oldest and most-respected landmarks, providing a great opportunity for participants and supporters to experience new adventures and visit new places.”
Participants will begin the marathon outside the ADNOC Headquarters, on Abu Dhabi’s famed Corniche, and follow a route towards the Emirates Heritage Village.
They then make their way around Marina Mall, along King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud street, and on to Qasr Al Hosn, one of Abu Dhabi’s oldest and most beautifully maintained stone buildings.
The final stretch of the race runs through Mina Zayed, before returning to ADNOC HQ.
Speaking at ADNOC Headquarters, Aref Al Awani, general secretary of the ADSC, said: “Securing our partnership with Emporio Armani EA7 and unveiling the prize fund of the inaugural ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon is a significant milestone in cementing the marathon as a world-class event and supports the sports council’s vision in promoting health and wellness.
“This event offers a great opportunity for participants to tour Abu Dhabi and see its amazing wonders.
“I would like to express my gratitude to our technical sponsor, Emporio Armani EA7, for supporting this event and working with us, hand-in-hand, to promote this vision in Abu Dhabi and the UAE as a whole.”
Omar Suwaina Al Suwaidi, executive office director at ADNOC, added: “The ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon serves as testament to Abu Dhabi’s global reputation as host of some of the world’s most iconic events, reinforcing its position on the international sporting map.
“ADNOC is proud to bring this great event to the UAE’s capital city, and we encourage everyone, in the UAE and beyond, to get involved – whether competing, volunteering or cheering on friends and family.”
In preparation for the marathon, a weekly community training camp initiative will take place every Monday at Zayed Sports City.
Participants have just under three months to physically prepare, sharpen their skills and mindset and lift their spirits before tackling one of the several races taking place.
To find out more about the training camps or races – or for details on how to sign up – visit www.adnocabudhabimarathon.com.
Ali Allanjawi led a banner day for the UAE at the Asian Games as the nation won two golds and three silvers in Jakarta on Friday.
Allanjawi kicked off the success in the Jet Ski competition, beating his international rivals from Indonesian and Thailand with a decisive round after topping the ranking despite a troubled start.
He made his way from sixth position in the first minutes before making progress against established competitors and finally taking the gold medal.
“Winning the gold medal is attributed to the concerted efforts of the technical, administrative and media, and it was my turn to translate such efforts into a gold medal,” Allanjawi said. “As such it is the team spirit and acting as a single family that has paved the way for the achievement.”
Ghanim Al Marri, Head of the Marine Sports Delegation, praised Allanjawi’s triump, saying: “It equals eight medals as it culminates massive and exceptional efforts amid huge challenges and tough competitors from China and Indonesia who were right with the champion up to the last second.
“He was up to the challenge despite being lashed with a penalty in the first minutes, but his will and determination was bigger and succeeded in the final minutes to beat the world champs and win the gold medal, the first for the UAE in these Games.”
Ahmed Al Tayeb, Chef de Mission of the UAE Delegation, added: “It was an unprecedented achievement considering the late start of Allanjawi due to the penalty, but his comeback confirms the ability of our athletes who are here to deliver and raise the state flag and make their way to the podium.”
Following in Allanjawi’s path, Hamad Nawad gave the UAE its second gold by winning the men’s 56kg category of Jiu-Jitsu. In the final, Nawad defeated compatriot Khalid Al Blooshi, who earned one of the nation’s three silver medals.
The other silvers were captured by Mahra Al Hinnai in the women’s 49kg category of Jiu-Jitsu, and Talib Al Kirbi, who fell in the final of the men’s 69kg.
“This collection of medals underlines the huge efforts of the federation and athletes who have the ability to deliver more in these Games,” said the VP of the UAE Delegation, Abdul Malik Jani. “Besides the Ju-Jitsu and Jet Ski, we have other sports capable of winning medals. This is just the opener, and we look for a bumper achievement in the Games.”
Meanwhile, the UAE archery team exited the Games following its loss to Bangladesh in the mixed doubles, ranking 24.
In athletics, the team is kicking off its participation in the Games on Saturday with Alia Saeed competing in the 10,000m race. The administrator of the athletics team confirmed the readiness of Saeed, whose spirit is high as she’s eager to perform well for the UAE.
Skeet shooters Saif bin Fetais and Mohammed Hussein start off their competitions in Palembang seeking a fresh start for the sport in the UAE. Both shooters will compete in five rounds to qualify for the next round on Sunday, which will also see the finals.
Ahmed Al Matroushi, a member of the UAE Rowing Team, finished fourth in the last qualifying race, thus losing the chance to qualify.
In pistol shooting, 10m shooters Wafaa Al Ali and Salwa Al Dhahiri couldn’t achieve the qualifying score for the top three, despite scoring new personal records with 556 and 553, respectively, out of 600 points.
UAE-based du LaLiga High Performance Centre (HPC) under-14 and under-16 teams enjoyed a week to remember during a recent scouting and tournament camp in Spain.
HPC’s 14 and under side – in their first overseas tour – delivered a stellar defensive and tactically astute display to beat La Liga youth Cadiz 1-0 on their own patch while the older age group, who are still on a high from winning the UAE FAAL and TTD Super Cup in Dubai, secured an emphatic and crushing 4-0 victory over Granada.
After a goalless opening 45 minutes, Mohammad Shabrawy was quick to capitalize on an error from the opposition to put the UAE under-16 side ahead before Fabio Rollano quickly doubled their advantage with a fine left-footed piledriver into the top corner.
Barbod Mazloumian then laid on a second of the game for Shabrawy before rounding off the scoring himself on the stroke of the final whistle.
Both victories were secured in front of watchful La Liga scouts on the lookout for talented UAE footballers, with the rewards for those that impress potentially contract opportunities.
The under-14s are now due to return home to the UAE, however, the duLaLiga HPC under-16 and under-18 squads have three more fixtures each to contest this coming week against Spanish heavyweights Real Betis, Malaga and UD Almeria.
Commenting on the results following the first week, Fernando Sanz, the General Director of LaLiga, MENA, said: “We are very proud of our HPC teams and their performance this week. The level of football in LaLiga is very high and the fact that these young men have the level to compete and win at Spanish standards reflects on our professional development program we have for in place for them in the UAE delivered by the finest LaLiga coaches.”
Former Real Madrid defender Sanz added: “The LaLiga youth clubs now look forward to these summer matches and are giving us very positive on some of our top players. And this year, we are delighted that the U14 team is joining the LaLiga scouting camp for the first time, and they are already making their mark!”
This latest du LaLiga HPC trip to Spain is the academy’s third in succession, with some 48 youngsters across various age groups making the trip.