The first mass running event since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic took place on friday in the heart of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) – the destination where business and lifestyle meets.

Over 400 runners took part in either the half marathon (21km), 10km or the 5km races – the event included a range of innovative measures from contactless temperature checking, no touch sanitization and water distribution and staggered start times to ensure the safety of all participants. 

The organisers of the event co ordinated with relevant partners and Government bodies including the Dubai Sports Council and the Supreme Committee on months of planning to ensure that the first mass running event this season met all the strict safety measures.

Steven Matthijs of Promoseven Sports Marketing said: “We’re delighted with the outcome of this mornings’ event and we’d like to thank the Dubai Sports Council, the RTA, the Dubai Police and our title partner, Mai Dubai for working so closely with us during the difficult climate we are all facing – without them, this event would not have been possible.”

Alexander van ‘t Riet, CEO of Mai Dubai, said: “The marathon was a success in many ways and the participation it witnessed is a reflection of the rising awareness on the importance of physical activity and of course, hydration.”

Endorsed by the Dubai Sports Council, the race route started and finished in front of The Gate Building and looped around the picturesque Dubai International Financial Centre, providing runners with breathtaking views of the city’s well-known architectural marvels.

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