The Al Marmoom Ultramarathon, will stage two challenging desert endurance running events on Saturday, February 12, to celebrate the UAE’s Golden Jubilee.
The day includes a 50km Desert Ultra Race attracting elite competitors, and a 5km Dune Run as an event primarily for local runners. The dual runs will be held in Dubai’s Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve, in the area around the Expo 2020 Dubai Lake.
Organized under the umbrella of Dubai Sports Council, the races are attracting runners locally and regionally, as well as elite international ultra-runners. Runners from 31 countries around the region and across the globe have signed up, as well as 54 different nationalities within the UAE.
With categories open to both male and female runners, there is a 10 hour time limit to complete the 50 km route and a 1 hour 30 minute time limit for the 5km. Trophies and prizes are offered for the top three rankings in each race category, male and female, and all participants will receive finisher medals.
As part of the UAE Golden Jubilee celebrations, participants are invited to take part in a ceremonial Gaff Tree planting around Expo 2020 Dubai Lake, leaving a lasting desert legacy.
Nivine Sbahieh, SVP and Head of Sponsorships & Events at FAB, said:
“Through our diverse sponsorship initiatives, FAB works to inspire communities to grow stronger by encouraging individuals to challenge themselves and challenge their limits. In this year of the UAE’s Golden Jubilee, we are very proud to support the Al Marmoom Ultramarathon as part of our sponsorship programme. By pushing competitors to be their best version of themselves, this unique desert race embraces FAB’s challenger mindset, symbolising our vision to empower communities through sport.”
Khalid Al Awar, Director Events Department Dubai Sports Council, said:
“The Al Marmoom Ultramarathon is a truly unique event, which not only tests the limits of human endurance, but also offers a window into our heritage – the desert and the dunes, and unique flora and fauna that is exclusive to Al Marmoom.
“The Ultramarathon showcases Al Marmoom’s stunning landscape and offers participants a truly unique experience, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and it’s glitzy light.
“We want to share our heritage with the world. As per the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, we want to transform the magnificent Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve into an eco-friendly hub of sport and turn it one of the most sought-after destinations in the world of sports tourism.”
Race Director Danil Bornventure of organizers FittGROUP added:
“The Al Marmoom Ultramarathon presented by First Abu Dhabi Bank is a tough race, but also a celebratory event to mark the UAE’s Golden Jubilee.
Both distances and routes will challenge participants as they take on the varied terrain. The routes will combine running across and over sand dunes as well as on hard sand tracks, testing even the fittest. We are delighted to include the tree planting as part of our core value of promoting the sustainability of the precocious desert eco system.”
More events taking place in Dubai this weekend:
- Al Salam Cycling Championship in Seih Al Salam (Feb 13)
- Middle East Open and Junior Swimming Championships in Hamdan Sports Complex (Feb 11-13)
- The Polo Masters Cup in Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club (Feb 7-12)
- The Arab Basketball Championship in Al Nasr Club (Feb 8-16)
- Ladies Squash Tournament at the Dubai Ladies Club (Feb 12-13)
- Dubai Fishing Competition off Fishermen Harbour 3 in Jumeirah 5 (Feb 10-13)
- EMD Fight Night in EMD Fitness Centre, Ras Al Khor (Feb 11)
- Aquathlon at Palm West Beach (Feb 12)\
- Dubai Modern Rowing Race in Al Jaddaf (Feb 12)
- Skechers Performance Run at the Police Academy in Al Sufouh (Feb 12)
- Super Sport Run at Meydan (Feb 12)
- Waterfront Market Dragon Boat Race in Deira (Feb 12-13)
- The Ladies Polo Day Cup 2022 in Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club (Feb 13).
News Source: Dubai Media Office