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DUBAI RUNNING RACES 2024

Dubai is a vibrant city with a thriving running community, offering exciting races throughout the year. Whether you’re a seasoned runner or a beginner, you’ll find a race that suits you. In this blog, we’ll introduce the top three running races in Dubai for 2024. Get ready to lace up your shoes and discover the best routes, scenic views, and exhilarating events the city has to offer. And if you’re looking for a unique running experience, don’t miss the chance to join our running tours in Dubai!

Dubai Marathon

Date: 12 January 2025

Photo Credit: Dubai Marathon Website

The Dubai Marathon, held annually in Dubai, UAE, is sanctioned by the Dubai Sports Council and is a globally popular race. Its flat, fast course attracts both elite runners and recreational runners aiming for personal bests. Typically held in January, it draws participants from around the world. In addition to the marathon, the event includes a 10K race, a 4K fun run, and several family-friendly activities at the event village. The marathon starts and finishes on Umm Suqeim Road, near the iconic Burj Al Arab.

DCS Half Marathon

Photo Credit: DC Marathon Website

Date: 28 January 2024

In the early 1990s, a group of enthusiastic runners met every Friday at the Dubai World Trade Centre for runs around Dubai Creek. Under the guidance of Malcolm ‘Murph’ Murphy, they established the Dubai Creek Striders running club in 1995, now boasting over 500 members.
The first Dubai Creek Striders Half Marathon was held in 2002, attracting 150 runners, and has since grown to over 2,000 participants annually. The race features a scenic route around Dubai Creek, starting and finishing at the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. Additionally, the event now includes a 10K race, following the same picturesque route.

Burj to Burj Half Marathon

Photo Credit: Burj2Burj Half Marathon Website


Date: 21 January 2024

The Burj to Burj Half Marathon is a thrilling race in Dubai, offering a unique route designed by runners for runners, with world record potential. Starting at the Burj Khalifa and ending at the Burj Al Arab, this iconic run takes you through Dubai’s stunning cityscape, passing by famous landmarks. Enjoy live music and cheering crowds as you race, aiming for your personal best. The event runs from February 7th to 9th, with celebrations at Finishers Park, featuring food, drinks, and entertainment. Join runners from around the world and experience an unforgettable race from registration to celebration.

Dubai Skyline Sprint

Photo Credit: Go! Running Tours website

Date: Various
Distance: 12K

Join our exhilarating 12K running tour of Dubai’s iconic landmarks. Start at Dubai Harbour with its impressive buildings and stunning waterfront. Run past Skydive Dubai and JBR Beach. Marvel at Bluewaters Bridge and explore Bluewaters Island. Pass by Dubai Marina Yacht Club and Marina Mall on the return. Capture the essence of modern Dubai on this unforgettable journey. Experience the vibrant energy of running in Dubai. Join us and discover the best routes for runners in Dubai!

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