Out of the many traditional leisure activities still carried out in this city, the sport of falconry is a standout. Apart from the ancient sport of camel racing, Cricket and football are the currently famous sports. One of the most popular sporting events here and one of the world’s leading road races, the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon takes place annually with the participation of hundreds of exuberant individuals. Better yet, the event continues to attract a healthy turnout of runners from overseas as well in addition to the locals. Not only does the event allow you to enjoy the talents of many of the finest distance runners in the world, it inspires you in ways you never thought possible.
The marathon follows a clockwise route of the city, which includes many major landmarks. Starting at the American University, it ends at the Media City Amphitheatre, where athletes are provided with much-needed refreshments. The course stretches along Jumeirah Beach Road and Al Sufouh Road to turn back at the Union House. DJs and live bands usually keep the spectators and participants entertained throughout the day.
The marathon is held under the patronage of Prime minister and vice president of UAE, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and is staged under the sponsorship of the Dubai Sports Council. Rewarding a prize of 1 million Dollars to the winner, the marathon emerges as a primary sporting event in the world.
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