DUBAI - Dubai Holding is continuing to champion UAE National participation in the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon with the launch of its 2020 campaign ‘#My City_My Race’ to encourage Emiratis to join Dubai’s official marathon. As part of Dubai Holding’s ongoing commitment to community wellness and fostering Emirati pride, the campaign calls for Emiratis with different fitness levels to take part in the city’s signature fitness event.
To encourage record numbers of UAE National participation in the 2020 edition, Dubai Holding calls on all Emirati running enthusiasts as well as the country’s professional athletes and elite runners to take part in the 10km, 42km races and the Wheel Chair marathon for People of Determination for a chance to win a total prize fund of AED86,000 distributed across the top three winners for the three categories.
The marathon’s upcoming edition is set to take place on Friday, 24th January, 2020.
Khalid Al Malik, Managing Director of Dubai Holding, said, "This campaign is part of our ongoing commitment to increase involvement of the Emirati youth and community in sports and wellness initiatives across the UAE in line with the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai. A vision that strives to demonstrate the nation’s outstanding success in every sector, with sports as a key area of focus." Malik continued, "Through our ‘#My City_My Race’ campaign, we are calling on Emiratis to take pride in participating in the Dubai Marathon 10km, 42km and Wheel Chair races which will see them recognised for their sporting accomplishments in an event with global stature through the ‘UAE National Prize’ Category by Dubai Holding. We hope that we will not only break the record for Emirati participation in the race but one day also break the marathon record with the first-ever Emirati overall marathon winner – a historic achievement we look forward to." On this occasion, Saeed Hareb, Secretary-General of Dubai Sports Council, said, "The Dubai Marathon is one of the biggest testimonials of tolerance and diversity in Dubai, with more than 35,000 participants taking part every year. It is the biggest mass-participation sports event in this part of the world, with thousands of Emiratis and expatriates taking part. This year, we are hoping to see an even greater participation from the UAE Nationals, both men and women of all athletic levels as we urge them to join #MyCity_MyRace campaign by Dubai Holding during this Marathon" He added, "In fact, I would like to challenge them to come out and experience one of the fastest growing marathons in the world and test their limits of endurance. Let us bring forward our National spirit and join in this yearly fun-filled and exciting event and be at the start line in bigger numbers."
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