Dubai Marathon 2019 road closures expected this weekend

Over 30,000 runners are expected to take part in the 20th edition of the race

Dubai Marathon 2019 road closures expected this weekend

Runners from around the world are set to take part in the Dubai Marathon 2019, which means several roads will be closed across the city.

This weekend (Friday January 25), the annual race will see over 30,000 runners hit the long stretch on Umm Suqeim Road and Jumeirah Beach Road.

Motorists should expect a large number of diversions in Umm Suqeim, Al Sufouh and Jumeirah Bead Road, where closures will be set up from midnight on Thursday January 24 until 1pm on the afternoon of Friday January 25.

The 42km race will kick off at 6am for elite runners and wheelchair contenders, before starting at 7am for everyone else.

Participants will begin the marathon on Umm Suqeim Road opposite Madinat Jumeirah, with views of the Burj Al Arab, then along King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street.

Runners will then loop around past the start point and onto Jumeirah Beach Road, and then head raound Al Mehemal Junction and heading back.

Complete that route one more time and head to the finish line at Dubai Police Academy and congratulations, the race is complete!

If you’re there to spectate, you can cheer on the runners from any point along the route, but there will be grandstands near the end of the route at Dubai Police Academy.

If you can't stomach the full 42km, don't fret – there's a 10km road run for those aged over 15, along with a 4km fun run for anyone who wants to join the action.

Taking part? Expect temperatures to be at approximately 17°C around 7am, and go as high as 27°C, along with water stations set up every 2.5km of the race from 5km onwards.

And if you feel a sudden burst of runner’s motivation, there’s still time to register. All you have to do is head to www.dubaimarathon.org and get signed up.

However, you’ll have to be able to pick up your race number at Jumeirah Beach Hotel either today (Wednesday January 23) from 9am to 8pm or on Thursday from 9am to 5pm.

Entry for the full marathon is priced at USD130 (Dhs477), the 10km road run is from USD80 (Dhs294) while the 4km fun run will set you back USD50 (Dhs184).

If you’re planning on getting fit for future races, you may want to take up membership at GymNation thanks to its special offer of Dhs99 per month.

Sick of running and want to try something new? Take a look at these clubs to join in 2019, which includes Bachata dancing and spinning classes underwater (kind of).

For more information, just head to www.dubaimarathon.org.
Dhs477 (marathon), Dhs294 (10km), Dhs184 (4km). Fri Jan 25, 6am onwards (wheelchair and elite athletes); 7am onwards (masses); 8.30am onwards (10km road race); 10.30am onwards (4km fun run). Start: Umm Sequim Road, opposite Madinat Jumeirah. End: Dubai Police Academy. www.dubaimarathon.org

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