ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon, organised by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, has revealed the total prize fund for the 2019 ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon at an exclusive press conference hosted by H.E. Aref Hamad Al Awani – General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, and, Mr. Omar Suwaina Al Suwaidi, Executive Office Director of ADNOC.
The prize fund – which is one of the world’s largest – totals over $388,000 and has been increased for all race categories in this year’s ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon. Headlining the event, male and female winners of the 42.2km marathon will take home $100,000 each.
An all-new venue for the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon event village was also announced at the press conference. ADNOC’s campus, next to Abu Dhabi’s famous landmark – ADNOC’s impressive headquarters – will play host to the event’s central hub where runners and spectators can enjoy a variety of family-focused fun activities. Located close to the Corniche and the start/finish line, this new venue will bring visitors even closer to the race action.
H.E Aref Al Awani, General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council said: “The prize fund announced today is one of the biggest in the world, and further confirms the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon’s position as a world-class sporting event. In the Year of Tolerance in the UAE we are incredibly proud to be hosting an event which includes and rewards people from all corners of our diverse community. With our training programmes already underway we are committed to supporting runners of all abilities as they prepare to achieve their goals and we hope to inspire a future generation of runners to take part in the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon in years to come.”
Omar Suwaina Al Suwaidi, Director, Executive Office Directorate at ADNOC, said: “At ADNOC, we have always been committed to bringing energy to life – because, put simply, our energy is the key to the UAE’s prosperity. Wherever there is energy, you will find us, and that is why we are so proud to be the title sponsor of the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon.”
“With this commitment in mind, many of you will have noticed that, during the past 12 months, the ADNOC corporate campus has been undergoing extensive renovations to create a best-in-class working environment for our employees, and an unrivalled guest experience for our visitors. Today, I’m delighted to announce that, from 2019 onwards, the ADNOC Marathon fan village – or ‘ADNOC Energy Zone’ – will be hosted within the grounds of our new campus, providing an enhanced experience for our athletes, their families, and the entire UAE community”, he added.
Training sessions, which kicked-off on 6th May, are running every Monday from 9:30 pm – 10:30 pm throughout Ramadan at Al Hudayriat Island. After the Eid holiday, Monday training sessions will move to 6.15am and a second weekly training session will be hosted on Wednesdays – starting on 5th June – at Zayed Sports City from 7:45 pm to 9:00 pm.
Both training sessions will be hosted by ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon’s official coach – a member of USA Track & Field Association (USATF) and multiple winners of USATF long distance championships.
The 2019 ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon will take place on Friday 6th December following the UAE’s 48th National Day celebrations. Registrations are open, and every participant will receive a free race shirt and medal.
2019 ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon prices
2.5KM ‘Fun Run’: Dh50 (children under six take part for free)
5KM Race: Dh75
10KM Race: Dh150
42.2KM Marathon: Dh350 (podium finishers are eligible for an Age Group Prize Fund)
For more information visit: www.adnocabudhabimarathon.com
The UAE’s Saif Al Kaabi bagged the top honours in the men’s open category as the NAS Cycling Challenge kicked-off on Friday night with 650 participants taking part in seven different categories on the opening night of the two-day event.
Al Kabi completed the 77km race in a time of 1 hour, 39 minutes and 57 seconds to finish ahead of Emirati compatriots Jaber Al Mansoori (01:39:58), Mohammed Al Mansoori (01:40:02) and Omar Al Jasmi (01:40:03), and Yahiaa Khalifa (01:40:45) of Bahrain.
Twelve-year-old Omar Issa finished first in the 10km Boys’ Open Category in 19:10, ahead of Ali Nasiraei (19:10) and Sultan Al Shamsi (19:11).
“This win validates my decision to pick cycling over football,” said Issa. “I love football and I believe I have really good skills, and I play a lot of football with my friend. But I have chosen cycling because I love this sport more and the challenges and thrills that come with it, and I am really happy with my decision.”
Issa, who trains four days a week, cycling for 35km-40km, added: “I started cycling two years ago and I hope to be the champion of the UAE someday, like Yusuf Mirza, and become the best in speed racing.
“The support and encouragement of my family gives me the confidence to keep pursuing my cycling dreams. I did not expect to win tonight in the NAS Cycling Challenge, so I am thrilled and I hope this is the first of many titles to come.”
Rashed Al Daheri won the Hand Bike category of the 10km race for People of Determination for the fourth year, crossing the finish line in 17 minutes and 56 seconds, ahead of Hussain Al Mazam (17:57) and Ayed Ali Alahbabi (17:59).
“I had prepared really well for this race with Al Ain Club and I am really happy that the hard work has paid off,” Al Daheri said. “The NAS Cycling Challenge is coming at a really good time for me, after my participation with the national team in the Asian Championships, where we won a bronze, and before major events like the World Championships in the Netherlands in September. So it is really good preparation for me.”
NAS Cycling Challenge
Open Category Men (77km):1-Saif Al Kaabi 01:39:57; 2-Jaber Al Mansoori 01:39:58; 3-Mohammed Al Mansoori 01:40:02; 4-Omar Al Jasmi 01:40:03; 5-Yahiaa Khalifa 01:40:45.
Open Category Boys (10km):1-Omar Issa 00:19:10; 2-Ali Nasiraei 00:19:10; 3-Sultan Al Shamsi 00:19:11; 4-Hamdan Al Ketbi 00:19:12; 5-Saeed Al Mansoori 00:19:12.
Open Category Girls (10km):1-Avery Bullard 00:22:52; 2-Afnane Benaouda 00:22:58; 3-Hind Al Marzouqi 00:24:25; 4-Rawan Benaouda 00:28:51; 5-Ghadeer Ali Tahri 00:30:21.
People of Determination (10km) – Hand Bike:1-Rashed Al Daheri 00:17:56; 2-Hussain Al Mazam 00:17:57; 3-Ayed Ali Alahbabi 00:17:59; 4-Badir Al Hosani 00:18:00; 5-Ali Al Saadi 00:20:00.
People of Determination (10km) – Road Bike:1-Abdulla Al Blooshi 00:16:54; 2-Hamdan Ali Thani 00:17:59; 3-Abdulla Al Hammadi 00:22:38
UAE National Boys (10km):1-Hamdan Al Seiari 00:20:43; 2-Gharib Al Balushi 00:20:52; 3-Khalifa Al Balusi 00:21:11; 4-Mohammad Almas 00:22:45.
UAE National Girls:1-Ranad Ahmed Alyfei 00:23:07; 2-Mahra Al Marzouqi 00:23:35; 3-Rim Al Hosani 00:23:36; 4-Meera Al Hosani 00:26:20; 5-Mazna Al Marzouqi 00:26:21.
Rising Star CC 155 for 2 (N Parkar 60, Z Duduke n.o. 56) vs Hamriya Kings 95 for 7 (HM Sohail 30; A Parkar 3-6, A Kazi 2-23). Rising Star CC win by 60 runs. Man of the Match: N Parkar.
White Caps 130 for 4 (T Das 23, S Nair 43, H Shah 22; M Imthiyas 2-17) vs Seamark Royals 74 for 2 (M Shanib n.o. 27, V Kumar n.o. 32). White Caps win by 56 runs. Man of the Match: S Nair.
The Group stages of the Adhaaf Cup powered by Nike are reaching their conclusion.
Saturday night saw the culmination of groups A-D, with E and F scheduled to be complete tonight.
There was just one game in Group A, with Amazing Boys beating Falcons 1-0.
Fiorentina Dubai finished with three wins from three after 3-0 victory over Zol’s United in Group B. Tayseer got the better of Angry Birds 3-1.
Mazarita confirmed their 100% record in Group C with a 3-0 win over Hypervenom, which Rijab and Wolverhampton played out a 1-1 draw.
Gladiator FC couldn’t make it three from three in Group D after only managing a 2-2 draw with Robertos. Guns and Moses picked up their second win with a 1-0 victory over Viene El Invierno.
Tonight sees the final group games in E and F. Panthers FC take on Santos, while Marhoom Humaid Aref face YNWA FC.
Finally, it’s Misho against DOHL and Bianconeri against All Star.
In the women’s competition, Eagles picked up their first win – 3-2 over CANDO Real Estate, elsewhere Fireballs beat Leoni FC 1-0 , and Dubai AllStar got the better of Dubai Warriror 3-0.
The Adhaaf Cup, powered by Nike
Played on two Nike-branded pitches, in the Al Quoz industrial area, teams will compete against each other in a league table format before progressing onto the knockout stages of the competition. Matches are played in a five-a-side format with sides allowed to register seven players in the squad, who can be used in rotation during the game.
Teams are competing over nine days as they battle it out for the winner’s trophy.
There’s competition for both males and females as 24 men’s teams who will be looking to take home a share of the Dhs 30,000 grand prize. The Nike slogan for the tournament, which is emblazoned around the pitches, says ‘End it with speed, end it with precision’, which is exactly what the teams will have to do as matches are just 30 minutes in length.