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Dubai to host half-marathon next month

NBAD-sponsored event will also see the UAE’s first 32-km race

  • Staff Report
  • Published: 18:31 February 20, 2014
  • Gulf News

Dubai: The first National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) half-marathon and 32-km race are set for next month.

More than 500 runners have so far signed up for the race, which will start from Emirates Golf Club at 6.15am on March 7 and will take in the Emirates Lakes and Emirates Hills areas. The day takes on special significance as the 32-km race will be making its debut in the UAE.

“These are still early days, but we are delighted with the overwhelming response to the race, which, I am sure, will be an event to remember for all those who love to sweat it out for new challenges,” said Anne Bester, race director.

“You don’t have to be a world-class athlete to enjoy running. Everything you need is already inside. All you need is a good pair of running shoes and the drive to start.

“We welcome both newer and veteran runners to join the fun as long as they meet general health guidelines about running.”

She added: “The introduction of the 32-km race for the first time in the UAE will keep the atmosphere buzzing as there is no dearth of seasoned runners in the country.

“I look forward to welcoming all runners and hope they will have fun competing in the race,” Bester said.

Visit www.premieronline.com for more information about participating in the race.

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