A combination of the biggest pot of prize money and most pancake-flat course among the major marathons means that extraordinary results can be expected in Dubai. The Standard Chartered DubaiMarathonhas maintained that sequence and the tantalising prospect of a world record remains. The 15th edition will feature a men’s race where two sub 2:05runners return to the premier running event of the region: Markos Geneti (Ethiopia) and Jonathan Maiyo (Kenya) are among the favourites for the 200,000 Dollar first prize. The women’s race looks like an Ethiopian duel between Meselech Melkamu and Meseret Hailu. The Standard Chartered DubaiMarathonis an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.
The course has undergone minor changes because of construction works and now has the potential to be faster than ever with just two corners and two U-turns left for the whole distance. Additionally the lowest and the highest points of the 42.195 k are just six metres apart. “Dubaiis a developing city, so we constantly have to adapt. But we always look to improve the course,” said Event Director Peter Connerton.