Route map unveiled for Dubai Run

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Residents and visitors are gearing up for a once-a-year chance to run along Dubai’s iconic Sheikh Zayed Road.

The fourth edition of Dubai Run will be held on November 20, offering runners two routes to choose from: a 10km route and a 5km route.

The 5km route, suitable for runners of all ages and abilities, begins on Sheikh Zayed Road, near Museum of the Future, passes the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Opera and ends near Dubai Mall.

The longer 10km route, which is better suited to more experienced runners, follows Sheikh Zayed Road to the Dubai Canal, then returns towards the Trade Centre before ending on Al Mustaqbal Street near DIFC.

Participants must register and collect their official numbered bib from a number of convenient locations.

● Ibn Battuta Mall (India Court, near the Elephant Clock
● Dubai Hills Mall (first floor, near FitnGlam)
● City Centre Deira (level 2, near Aloft Hotel)

Bib distribution is open during normal mall opening hours from November 17-19.

Runners should arrive at the time nominated during the registration process; starting from 4:00 am to ensure everyone reaches on time for the run’s start at 6:30 am.

Dubai Metro will be open from 3:30 am and is the easiest way to travel to and from Dubai Run presented by Mai Dubai. Make sure you have a NOL card with AED 15 credit to use Dubai Metro.

If you are running the 5km route, head for Emirates Towers or DIFC metro stations to start your run, and if you are on the 10km route, head for World Trade Centre or Max stations.

For those who prefer to drive, there is limited parking available near all metro stations. Alternatively, park at one of the Dubai World Trade Centre car parks for the 10km route, or at Dubai Mall for the 5km route where participants can make their way to the start line using Dubai Metro.

A total of 146,000 runners, joggers, wheelers and walkers participated in Dubai Run presented by Mai Dubai last year, setting a record for the number of participants and making it the largest community fitness event in the world.

This year, Dubai Fitness Challenge is bringing its biggest line-up to date, with an exhilarating month of fun and inclusive fitness activities across two fitness villages: DP World Kite Beach Fitness Village, and RTA Last Exit Al Khawaneej Fitness Village, 19 community fitness hubs, a host of sporting events and thousands of free classes taking places all over the city.

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