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The Dubai marathon, sponsored by Standard Chartered is one of the richest marathon events worldwide, with large prize money atracting big names such as Haile Gebrselassie in the past.
The large prizes also add interest and attract a wider audience which has been helped by the availability of a live stream so viewes can watch the marathon online from around the world.
The Dubai marathon takes place in January each, year, one of the earlier annual marathon events thanks in no small part to the need to have the race at a time before the temperatures soar - no-one wants to be running a marathon in Dubai in the summer months!
The 2018 Dubai marathon takes place on Friday 26th January.
The start times for the various races are as follows:
6:00am Wheelchairs & elite athletes
7.00am Main marathon starts
9:00am 10km road race
11:00am 4km fun run
The race gets underway from the Madinat Jumeirah end of the Umm Suqeim Road, heads past Palm Island, Dubai Media City, the Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach Hotel, making for quite a spectacular and scenic course.
You can see a map of the full race route here:
There has been a live stream of the Dubai marathon for a couple of years now, with coverage previously provided by Eversports TV as well as local broadcasters.
This year's live stream is now available here:
Dubai is well known for the range and quality of it's hotel accommodation, and with the marathon falling in January it's also a good time to visit, with relatively lower prices combined with far more bearable temperatures.
You can check availability and make reservations for local hotels here.
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