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Reasons to run W hy t h e D u b a i Ma rat h o n i s t h e p e r fe c t s t a r t to t h e ye a r It’s fitting that the Dubai Marathon is held in January. This ultimate effort of endurance and bucket list goal to thousands is positioned slap bang at the beginning of the year, so if you’re taking part you’re a fine example of how to start 2017 as you mean to go on. Of course, this is the Middle East and it’s January, the coolest month of the year. The weather plays its part in the race timing – but then why ruin a 66 DUBAI VOYAGER

perfectly good inspirational opening statement just because of common sense? This race can be the perfect start to a year of achievement. That’s the takehome message here. If you’re involved on January 20, it’ll be the culmination of months of hard work – in fact it’s often said that the training is harder than the race itself. Kilometre after kilometre clocked up day after day as you work towards the goal of 42.195km. For the majority, victory lies in just completing the distance at all. But for the few, some staggering performances of physical performance are the order of the day. Consider this: when you’re on the treadmill at the gym, many workouts will ask you to push it to the maximum speed (most likely 18kmph) for the final minute of the workout. You then spend the next ten flat on your back gasping for breath.

Last year’s Dubai Marathon was won by the Ethiopian Tesfaye Abera in two hours, four minutes and 24 seconds. If you sprinted on your treadmill at its top speed for the same amount of time, you’d still come up 4.95km short. For any aspiring runners flying in, the bad news is that you’ve missed the cut for this year’s event. But you can still head down to cheer people home. It genuinely does help, so position yourself at the finish line on Umm Suqueim Road next to the Police Academy Failing that there are roughly 500 marathons around the world each year, so if you’re a regular traveller then perhaps try and plan your trip to coincide with one? Fly in for business, run 42.195km, fly home. The challenge has been set. The Standard Char tere d Dubai Marathon is on Januar y 20. For more information visit d u b a i m a rat h o n .o rg


Dubai Voyager | January 2017