Let’s settle this for once and all, Dubai can never do cliches, for the land of opulence loves doing firsts. Continuing the legacy, Dubai is all set to host the world’s first home marathon. Here’s everything you need to know about it. By Kumar Shree
Be ready to witness (and participate if you’re there) the world’s first home marathon in Dubai, as the home of Burj Khalifa is once again doing something that has never been done before. On April 10, Dubai Sports Council, ASICS Middle East, and 5:30 Run club, in corroboration, will host the world’s first home marathon. The first of its kind initiative comes across as part of the sports council’s ‘Be Fit, Be Safe’ and #stayhome campaigns.
How Will This Work?
The 749 runners representing 62 nationalities will turn an area of their home into a running course, where they will run to cover a total distance of 42.195 km. Runners from UAE, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, and Jordan can participate in the event regardless of their age.
You can register yourself through www.530run.ae website. As of now526 are males and 223 females have registered for the event, where the youngest participant is 18 and the oldest is 65. The participants will have a 10-hour time cap to complete the marathon, which will start at 8 am and go on till 6 pm, UAE time.
If you’re planning to participate, having a heavy meal on the previous night is a must. Also, you should keep water, glucose, and electrolytes handy while running the marathon. Also keep in mind that running on a treadmill, any other gym equipment, or outside the home is strictly prohibited.
The participants need to have a fully charged smartphone or smartwatch with the Strava app installed and activated on it. They will then need to stay connected to the ‘Marathon at Home’ group on the app, which will then detect their movement and will keep track of their timing and distance covered.
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