Asked to brave a 6:30am start and over 42km of course, more than 2,000 runners turned out to take on this year’s Dubai Marathon.
The 10km race was even more popular, with over 18,000 people having signed up and runners flocking to the start around 9am.
Taking in the Burj Al Arab and moving up and down Beach Road, the Dubai Marathon has become a favourite among tourists and residents alike.
And we were there to take in all the action and catch up with some of the runners taking part.
Did you take part in either the marathon or 10km this past Friday?
The 2017 Dubai Marathon was a well attended affair. Tamirat Tola broke the course record while Kenenisa Bekele dropped out after falling at the starting line. Meanwhile, debutant Worknesh Degefa won the women’s race.
However, there were several runners who took part as well which made for a grand occasion.
Here, we round up some of the best Instagram and Facebook posts from the event.
Were you at the Dubai Marathon?
(ENGLISH): TAMIRAT TOLA BREAKS COURSE RECORD WHILE KENENISA BEKELE DROPS OUT Tamirat Tola is the surprise winner of the 2017 Dubai Marathon. The 25 year-old Ethiopian took the race with a course record of 2:04:11, improving his personal best by more than two minutes. Fellow-Ethiopians Mule Wasihun and Sisay Lemma finished in second and third positions with 2:06:46 and 2:08:04 respectively. The big pre-race favourite Kenenisa Bekele, who aimed to break the world record of 2:02:57, suffered a major disappointment. Falling right at the start after being tripped from behind, the Ethiopian, who missed the world record by six seconds in Berlin last September, then dropped out at around 23K and was seen holding his left calf. There was an upset in the women’s race as well: 26 year-old debutant Worknesh Degefa secured her biggest career win with a time of 2:22:36. It was an all-Ethiopian podium as well. Shure Demise was second in 2:22:57 and Yebrgual Melese took third with 2:23:13. ———————————————————— (ESPAÑOL): TAMIRAT TOLA ROMPE RÉCORD DE CURSO MIENTRAS QUE KENENISA BEKELE SE RETIRA Tamirat Tola es el sorprendente ganador del Maratón de Dubai 2017. El etíope de 25 años ganó la carrera con un récord de curso de 2:04:11, mejorando su mejor marca personal por más de dos minutos. Compatriotas Mula Wasihun y Sisay Lemma terminaron en segunda y tercera posición con 2:06:46 y 2:08:04 respectivamente. El gran favorito Kenenisa Bekele, quien pretendía romper el récord mundial de 2:02:57, sufrió una gran decepción. Cayendo al principio después de ser tropezado por detrás, el etíope, quien perdió el récord mundial por seis segundos en Berlín el pasado mes de septiembre, se retiró a los 23K y fue visto sosteniendo su pantorrilla izquierda. Hubo sorpresa en la carrera de mujeres también: la debutante de 26 años de edad, Worknesh Degefa aseguró la mayor victoria de su carrera con un tiempo de 2:22:36. Fue un podio completamente etíope también. Shure Demise llegó segunda en 2:22:57 y Yebrgual Melese tercera con 2:23:13. • #somosrunners #run #runner #running #athletics #atletismo #correr #corredor #maraton #marathon #marathontraining #dubaimarathon #dubaimarathon2017 #tamirattola
Running a marathon is one thing, setting a good time, beating a personal best, overcoming adversity and raising money for a good cause even more rewarding.
But for some, that just isn’t enough and two runners at this year’s Dubai Marathon proved just that.
Rouhollah Roohbakhshian and Masoumeh Bigdeli were those runners, opting to break the conventions of the race and tackle the course backwards.
Yes, that’s right, backwards.
The pair ran the 42.195 kilometres out of Umm Suqeim and up and down Beach Road while facing the opposite direction in what must have been a bizarre sight for their fellow marathon runners.
Bigdeli, 29, and Roohbakhshian, 36, may have started something here.
However, we cannot recommend anyone try this themselves!