posted on 07/10/2012: 498 views
The Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon has been awarded the Gold Label status by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) for the second consecutive year.
It is the first time any athletics event in the region has won a back-to-back IAAF Gold Label.
As online entries continue to flood in for the 2013 edition, which will get underway from Emaar Boulevard in Downtown Dubai on January 25, event director Peter Connerton said he was proud that the Dubai Marathon continues to cement its place among the world's premier road races.
"When the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon was recognised last year, it was the first time a Middle East running event of any kind had gained IAAF Road Race Gold Label status, so to do it for a second straight year is a tribute to everyone involved in making it such a success,” he said.
To qualify for IAAF Gold Label status, an event has to satisfy a number of criteria including global media and TV coverage, the variety of international competitors and the quality of their previous race times.
In the men's competition, Dubai now has the fourth fastest course record/time in marathon history behind Boston, Berlin and Frankfurt.
In the women's event, Dubai is now placed fourth in the world behind London, Chicago and Berlin in terms of course record/time, while the top-10 average times in the history of the event (2:21:16) also places Dubai fourth in the marathon league table behind London, Chicago and Berlin respectively. – Sport 360°
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