25,000 people run as new women’s record set at Adnoc Abu Dhabi Marathon

In a showcase of athleticism and community unity the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon witnessed a gathering of, over 25,000 participants from 168 different countries coming together on the streets of the UAE capital for its fifth edition. The event, which featured categories such as the marathon, marathon relay, 10km, 5km and 2.5km races transformed the city into a celebration of fitness and camaraderie.

The highlight of the day was the performance by Brigid Kosgei from Kenya, an accomplished marathon champion who not only emerged victorious in the womens category but also set a new record for this course. With a time of 2;19;15 Kosgei left her competitors behind while showcasing her exceptional skills and resilience particularly considering her recent recovery from an injury she sustained during the New York Marathon.

On the mens side Amare Hailemicael Samson from Eritrea clinched place with a time of 2;07;10. Samsons remarkable performance surpassed that of Kenyan athlete Leonard Barsoton by two minutes to create a moment in the history of this marathon.

The marathon route took participants through landmarks in Abu Dhabi such, as the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Wahat Al Karama memorial site, Zayed Sports City complex Al Hosn Palace (also known as Qasr Al Hosn) and the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Tower.
The beautiful course served as a backdrop, for the determination and perseverance of the runners.

Halefom Kesay from Ethiopia and Zenashwork Yenw showcased their talent in the 10km race achieving victories with times of 28;27 minutes and 33;23 minutes respectively.

Aref Hamad Al Awani, the Secretary General of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council praised the events participation highlighting its commitment to diversity. The marathon brought together people from backgrounds including athletes, individuals with disabilities and participants from Paralympics. This created a sense of unity, within the UAE community.

Yaser Saeed Al Mazrouei, CEO of ADNOCs resources, corporate and commercial support department emphasized how the marathon symbolizes excellence by uniting a community in pursuit of well being and success. The event showcased the Emirates as a place that promotes tolerance, love and brotherhood among cultures and generations.

With years edition scheduled to take place on December 14th as announced by the organizers it is clear that ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon continues to demonstrate how sports can foster inclusivity and unity.