Abu Dhabi Sports Council partners with ADNOC to stage first ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, July 4, 2018

The Abu Dhabi Sports Council, ADSC, and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, ADNOC, on Tuesday announced the inauguration of the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon, which will be held for the first time on 7th December, 2018, bringing the world’s oldest race to one of the world’s most modern cities, deepening ADNOC’s commitment to the Abu Dhabi community.

A three-year partnership agreement, conferring naming rights for the event to ADNOC, which will serve as title sponsor, was signed between Aref Hamad Al Awani, General Secretary of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, and Omar Suwaina Al Suwaidi, Executive Office Director at ADNOC. The ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon will position the UAE’s capital city firmly on the global athletics calendar while promoting wellness in the local community and participation at all levels.

Major-General Mohammed Khalfan Al Rumaithi, Chairman of the General Authority for Sports, said the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon is the latest addition to the ever-growing list of international sporting events to arrive in Abu Dhabi.

'It may be the first of its kind in Abu Dhabi, but it will be second to none among established international marathons around the world. We expect a world-class elite field and participation of thousands of runners at various levels,' he said.

Dr. Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, Chairman of the Department of Community Development, praised the efforts of all those involved in bringing the first marathon race to Abu Dhabi.

'The races are open to all categories and provide the opportunity for community participation. The ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon is an event that the entire family can appreciate, not only by participating in the races but by enjoying the various side events at the Marathon Village,' Dr. Al Khaili said.

At the signing ceremony, Al Awani said, 'The ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon adds a new international sporting event to our calendar of events and will leave behind a legacy that the Abu Dhabi Sports Council is very keen to promote as part of our community sports programming.'

The race will be held over a 42.195-kilometre (26 miles, 385 yards) course that will showcase the city of Abu Dhabi to a global audience. In recognition of the Year of Zayed, the race will bring together elite international athletes, seasoned amateur runners and thousands of people taking part in their first marathon.

Omar Suwaina Al Suwaidi, Executive Office Director at ADNOC, said, 'ADNOC is excited to play a part in bringing such an iconic event, the marathon, to Abu Dhabi. Our partnership with the Abu Dhabi Sports Council is built on a shared commitment to elevating the health and well-being of individuals and embodies ADNOC’s historical dedication to supporting the communities in which we operate.

'Whether it is through sporting and recreation, health and wellness, or youth and STEM education, ADNOC’s corporate social responsibility and purpose remain firm to create a positive and lasting impact on UAE society.'

The entry fees for the event range from AED50 to 75 for the shorter 2.5km and 5km fun runs, AED150 for the 10km, and AED350 for the marathon race. Registration for the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon is open on www.adnocabudhabimarathon.com.

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