9 PICS From Dubai Marathon That Prove It Is One Of The Best Long-Distance Races In The World

It was a clean-sweep for Ethiopia in men's race!

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The wee hours of Friday morning witnessed two course records being made in the 20 years history of Dubai Marathon.

Ethiopia's Getaneh Tamire Molla broke the course record with a timing of 2:03:34 (the previous record was of 2:04:00) to emerge as the winner for the men's title.

Whereas Ruth Chepngetich of Kenya conquered the women's race with a time of 2:17:08, breaking the previous timing of 2:19:17 by Roza Dereje of Ethiopia in the 2018 event. She has now become the third fastest in the history of women’s marathon

1. The Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon 2019 was a hoot

It has been 20 years since the Dubai Marathon was first started and the event has only gone from strength to strength ever since its inception.

2. From just 100 people taking part two decades ago, the marathon participants have increased exponentially with nearly 30,000 people taking part this year

3. Not only the people of the UAE but even from outside the country look forward to participate in the marathon

4. Complete strangers cheering you on to cross the finish line- such a wonderful feeling

5. Where else will you find stunning views of the only seven star hotel in the world while competing in the race

6. The beauty of Dubai Marathon lies in its varied participants: from children to pregnant mothers to complete families

7. The crowd is absolute GOALS

8. The Royals will also be present to egg you on and motivate you to finish the race

9. The entire fitness brethren coming together to challenge themselves and test their spirits and determination- there is such a strong sense of community

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Nikita Mukherjee

Being fairly new to Dubai, Nikita is still trying to find that perfect crème brulee. She loves buying cakes for no reason and then complaining about gaining weight in the same breath. She is obsessed with books, memes, pant suits and desserts—in no particular order. When not writing, she’s busy sleuthing unsolved cases on the internet.