Dubai Marathon 2021 cancelled

Dubai Marathon 2021, due to being held on January 24th, has been cancelled due to ongoing COVID 19 pandemic.

The popular annual running event sees thousands of runners take to the roads in Dubai every year.

Pace Events FZ LLC, organisers of the Dubai Marathon for 21 consecutive years since its first edition in 2000 said that they will not be staging a Marathon/mass participation event of any format in Dubai in January 2021. This decision was taken as a preventive measure to safeguard the health of the participants, spectators, volunteers and staff as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Races organised in the UAE by Pace Events FZ LLC normally attract 25,000-30,000 runners of all standards and nationalities and are consistently the biggest mass participation events in the Middle East.”

However, with the health of those same athletes being of paramount importance – alongside the well-being of our stakeholders, sponsors, partners and officials – the current country-wide and global restrictions/guidelines make it impossible to stage an event on such a scale during the coming months.”

ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon 2020 that was originally scheduled to take place on December 11 also got moved to next year. No new date has yet been announced.

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Arti Dani
Arti Dani is a journalist by trade, a travelling runner with 5 international marathons, one ultra-marathon under her belt. 100 push-ups a day is a simple job for her, even though she's still working to perfect her headstand skills.
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