Officials and organisers during the unveiling of the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon T-shirt. Image Credit: Supplied

Abu Dhabi: The fourth edition of the increasingly popular ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon is expected to feature a record 20,000 participants tackling a stunning new city course that tours some of the UAE capital’s most prominent landmarks, organisers confirmed today ahead of the December 17 race.

The new 42.2km route will start in front of ADNOC Headquarters, before weaving past a host of the city’s most recognisable landmarks, including the Crown Prince Court, Al Bateen Palace, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Qasr Al Hosn, and World Trade Centre Abu Dhabi. The full marathon distance finish line is set for ADNOC Campus, where a race village will be set up.

The shorter distance events will start in front of Nation Towers on the Corniche Road and conclude on Al Marsa Street, while the 10km course ends at ADNOC Campus.

Race day

Aref Hamad Al Awani, General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, said the alterations to the event will ensure participants enjoy race day more than ever. “The ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon was already a very successful and much-loved event on the UAE sports calendar,” said Al Awani during the launch event at ADNOC Business Centre. “After gauging our community through an extensive participant outreach survey, we have listened, acted, and can now look forward to an even bigger and better event for all the family. ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon remains an event for the community, by the community.”

With last year’s ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon attracting more than 12,000 participants of various ages and abilities, in addition to a sizeable group of elite international athletes, turnout this year – at what will be the UAE’s only full-distance marathon in 2022 - is expected to top 20,000, a year-on-year increase of more than 65 per cent.

Open to all ages and nationalities, the first of three Race Series Edition events took place on September 3 indoor in Yas Mall and included 5km, 3km, and 1km races. A second event is set for October 8 and will include 3km, 5km, and 10km outdoor runs at Hazza bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain. The final run, to be held on November 5 – little more than a month before the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon 2022 – provides participants the chance to run 3km, 5km, 10km, or a 21.09km half-marathon at the world-famous Yas Marina Circuit.

Prize money

The annual community-driven event – which includes a marathon and marathon relay, a 10km course, plus 5km and 2.5km fun runs – will also feature a raft of new enhancements following a “You Spoke, We Listened” survey commissioned by race organisers. A total of US$303,000 in prize money has been set aside by the organisers for the winners.

Registration for the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon 2022 and its accompanying race distances as well as the two remaining Race Series Edition events is open via the official website: Prices start from as little as Dh50, with a 10 per cent discount on offer to participants who register before September 30.