Record turnout expected for 2013 Dubai Marathon

13/12/2012 - Dubai Lifestyle News Posted by Bob Brunskill
Record turnout expected for 2013 Dubai Marathon

Organisers of the 2013 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon are expecting a record number of entrants to take part in the race on January 25th.There has been strong demand for places and people have been registering themselves left, right and centre.If current trends persist, this year's record of 17,141 runners will be broken.The event was recently awarded its second consecutive Gold Label status by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), which further cemented its standing as one of the finest marathons on the planet."No sooner had the 2012 event finished than we were being asked when registration would open for the 2013 race," commented event director Peter Connerton."It's rewarding for everyone involved with the event that runners in the UAE and from further afield look forward to competing in the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon."This year's race - held in January - was a record-breaking affair.At just 21 years old, Ethiopian Ayele Abshero became the fastest winning debutant in history, clocking a time of 2:04:23. This was also the fourth quickest time ever.The field for the 2013 race will also be full of world-class athletes, including Kenyan Moses Cheruiyot Mosop, who is widely fancied to do very well.He secured a 10,000m bronze at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics and silver at the 2007 IAAF World Cross Country Championships. In addition to this, he won team gold with Kenya in 2007 and 2009.Last year, Mosop and fellow Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai ran the fastest times ever recorded for a marathon in the US city of Boston, completing the course in a staggering 2:03:06 and 2:03:02 respectively.Unfortunately, the times were not officially recognised by the IAAF because of the nature of the Boston course, but there is no denying the credentials of the athletes.This will be the first time Mosop has performed in the UAE and he is definitely one that the crowd will be keeping an eye on.