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Get that extra dose of motivation to join the upcoming Adnoc Abu Dhabi marathon scheduled for December 2019

That’s exciting news for those of us who have always dreamt of achieving their first marathon!

Adnoc Marathon Abu Dhabi, together with Abu Dhabi Sports Council just launched a very interesting program with free weekly training sessions to join and be able to challenge yourself at the upcoming marathon in the capital that will take place on Friday 6th of December 2019.

These free training sessions take place every Monday starting from 6th May, at Al Hudayriat Island, with a second weekly session starting after Eid.

What you should know about this training program:


Training sessions, which kick-off on 6th May, will run every Monday from 9:30 pm – 10:30 pm throughout Ramadan at Al Hudayriat Island.
The After the Eid holiday, Monday training sessions will move to 6.15am and a second weekly training session will be hosted on Wednesdays – starting on 5th June – at Zayed Sports City from 7:45 pm to 9:00 pm.

Free weekly training sessions timetable:

May 6th – June 5th 9:30-10:30 pm (Ramadan Timings Only)
June 12th – November 25th – 6:15-7:30 am
Meeting point: By kids play park – look out for our flags
Facilities: Showers and Toilets available

Wednesday Evening: ZAYED SPORTS CITY
June 5th – November 27th – 7:45-9: 15 pm
Meeting point: Entrance arch to the International Tennis Stadium – look out for our flags
Facilities: Toilets available


Both training sessions will be hosted by ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon’s official coach, Youssef Rochdi – a member of USA Track & Field Association (USATF) and multiple winner of USATF long distance championships.

Program details:

The sessions will run for six months and have been designed to focus on the preparation required to complete the 42.2km full-length marathon. Encompassing a variety of fitness activities, the sessions will include; drills, fartlek, easy runs, intervals and long-distance runs to help runners to gradually increase their weekly distance.
In September, training sessions catering for runners of all abilities will launch, offering runners participating in the 2.5km fun run, 5km and 10km races, an introduction to the running world with a specially tailored fitness programme.


Registrations for Abu Dhabi’s biggest community sports event opened last month as ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon, and Abu Dhabi Sports Council announced the world-class sporting event will take place on Friday 6th December following the UAE’s 48th National Day celebrations.
Runners who register before 31st May will receive a 30% discount and every participant will receive a free race shirt and medal.

2019 ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon Prices:

2.5KM ‘Fun Run’: AED 50 (children under six take part for free)
5KM Race: AED 75
10KM Race: AED 150
42.2KM Marathon: AED 350 (podium finishers are eligible for an Age Group Prize Fund)

H.E Aref Al Awani, General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council said:

“In the lead up to the second ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon we are devoted to promoting a healthy and active lifestyle in the Capital, and to helping the members of our community prepare for reaching their goals regardless of their ability or the race they are participating in. The ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon is not an event solely for elite athletes; everyone who participates is running their own race and accomplishing their own achievements.

Last year we welcomed 10,000 runners from all over the world to the inaugural ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon, this year we hope to grow that number to 15,000. Providing these free training sessions is just one example of how we are making the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon more accessible than ever to all members of our community in the capital.”

For more information visit:

Facebook: ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon
Twitter: @ADNOCADmarathon
Instagram: adnocadmarathon
Hashtags: #RunInAbuDhabi #EnergyforLife



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