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The 10th edition of the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon IS scheduled on Friday, January 24, 2014. The race is in 42.195km, 10km Road Race and 3km Fun Run categories. The registration is available online only at www.dubaimarathon.org. and fees are 120 US Dollars for the 42.195km, 60 US Dollars for the 10km and 15 US Dollars for the 10km race. There is also another race category, 'The Corporate Challenge' for companies to participate in.
The organizers of the marathon have made some changes to the route which may result in record-breaking performances at the IAAF Gold Label Road Race
The Dubai Marathon is one of the world’s richest road races and the biggest mass participation event in the Middle East. Since 2005, Standard Chartered has been the title sponsor of the Dubai Marathon that has allowed the event is to raise awareness about Seeing is Believing, a programme to help tackle avoidable blindness. Standard Chartered bank aims to raise USD100 million by 2020.
All marathon participants will receive an Adidas Climacool official race t/shirt, a finishers medal and downloadable finishers certificate.
Due to flat route in benign conditions, Dubai produces personal bests and record times
Ethiopian Lelisa Desisa, won the 2013 edition with a time of 2:04:45 under a heavy fog, the women’s race was also won by Ethiopian Tirfi Tsegaye won in a time of 2:23:23. The top 4 in the men's side and top 6 in the women's side were all Ethiopians.Add a comment
The 3rd edition of annual Uhuru Marathon took place on Sunday 8th December, 2013 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Kenyans dominated the marathon in both men and women's categories as well as the men's half marathon. Jamini Ikai clocked 2:33:35 hours to win the gold medal ahead of Tanzanians Steven Sylvester who came second in a time of 2:42:05 and Alex Sanka who finished third in a time of 2:44:14 to take home silver and bronze respectively. James Shigela and Getuni Gumali also from Tanzania came fourth and fifth in a time of 2:47:40 and 2:52:88 respectively.
Kenyan Thabita Kibeti crossed the finishing line in a time of 3:24:50 to win the gold medal followed by her compatriot Naumi Jepkosgei in 3:45:09 to take the silver medal. Tanzanian Banuelia Brighton came third in 4:05:36 for the bronze medal.
Kenyan Elijah Tirop crossed the finishing line to win the half marathon mens category in 1:06:12 followed by his compatriot Wilson Tuitoe who finished second in 1:06:38. Tanzanian Eliah Daudi took the third place in 1:07:10. Kenya’s Hilary Kepchumba came fourth in 1:07:12 while Tanzania’s Wilbert Peter clocked a time of 1:08:56 to take the sixth place.
Jacqueline Juma of the Tanzania People's Defence Forces (TPDF) won the half marathon women category. She clocked 1:15:25 to beat Kenyan Angela Temu who came second in 1:16:06. Catherine Rangue of Arusha finished third in in 1:17:33.82. Tanzanian’s Mary Mangegeia and Agnes Chepete finished fourth and fifth in 1:18:26 and 1:23:21 respectively.
Apart from medals, the winners in the full marathon were awarded Sh2 million in both men and women events while the winners in the half marathon walked away with Sh1 million. The runner-up in the 42km race went home with Sh1 million while the runner-up in the half marathon pocketed Sh700, 000.
The event was sponsored by GrandMalt, Konyagi, Kibuku, Sayona, CocaCola, KAPARI, Integrated Communications, Night Support, Tindwa Medical, Forever Living SamSung, Clouds FM, Uhuru FM, TBC 1, TBC Taifa and Mwananchi Communications Limited (MCL).Add a comment
Rono Philemon of Kenya displaced the defending men champion Abebe Dinkesa of Ethiopia to second in the male category of ninth Obudu Mountain Race. The race which was held on 23rd November at Obudu Mountain Resort, Nigeria was in two categories of 13 km for men and 9.64 km for women.
The Kenyan athlete clocked a time of 1 hour, 43 seconds to win the 11 kilometer race. Abebe, who won the 8th edition of the race in 2012 finished second with a time of 1 hour 57 minutes ahead of Geoffrey Kusuro of Uganda who took the third position in a time of 1 hour 2 minutes and 8 seconds.
In the women category, Yalew Genet led the Ethiopian sweep of three when she clocked a time of 58 minutes and 55 ahead of her compatriot Selam Abere who came second in 59 minutes and 46 seconds. Bertha Afera finished third to complete the women’s podium.
The maiden edition men’s race was won by Ben Dubois of Australia while Nigeria’s Danjuma Kopkuddi came second. In the female category, Anna Pitchrtova of the Czech Republic took the first position ahead Nigeria’s Laraba Joseph who came second.
Sunday Imbush, a native of Obudu town clocked a time of 20 minutes 55 seconds to win the 3 kilometre race in the junior category. He beat 10-year-old Imbush Festus from Calabar who came second while Atie Moses finished third. 10-year-old Achie Priscilla crossed the finish line in 23 minutes 17 seconds to win the girls race. Anya Carister from Calabar finished second while Akem Loveth took the third position.
The top winners took home a prize of 50,000 USD dollars, 20,000 USD for the second place winners and 9,000 USD for third place winners.Add a comment