The Doha Marathon by Ooredoo 2024 is expected to be the biggest event of its kind in the city and offers some spectacular prizes.

More than 10,000 runners are set to take part in the exhilarating race which has categories to suit all.

Ooredoo, a key supporter of national sporting excellence, has partnered with UK-based sports agency GW Active to ensure it meets stringent international standards, further upgrading the profile of the sporting event.

The company revealed that this year the Doha Marathon holds World Athletics Gold status on the international schedule – it permits participating runners to qualify for international events such as the Boston Marathon.

With a total of six race categories, the event has been designed to be inclusive, catering to all ages and abilities – from the full marathon to junior and kids’ races. Moreover, competitors with disabilities have been enthusiastically encouraged to join, making the marathon a true representation of inclusivity and community spirit.

The race timings are as follows – the main marathon kicks off at 6.15am, the half marathon at 7.30am, the 10km at 8.30am and the 5km at 9.10am.

There will also be a mini-marathon event for juniors aged 13 to 17 which will take place over 5km at 9.10am and also a 1-km race for children under the age of 13 at 10.30am.

This year’s event features an exciting Al ADAAM category in partnership with the Social & Sport Contribution Fund (DAAM), bestowing special awards to encourage local athletes. Two new Volkswagen cars will also be given away as prizes, with all participants who finish their race being entered into a raffle. One of two cars will be allocated to the “Al ADAAM” category.

The race will begin and conclude at Hotel Park, providing a scenic route along the picturesque Corniche and offering a more enjoyable, safer and upgraded experience for both runners and spectators. Moreover, ‘The Race Village’ at Hotel Park will be open for five-days starting on February 12, ahead of Qatar National Sports Day.

Additionally, the event will also witness the return of brand ambassador and Olympic high jump champion, Mutaz Barshim, alongside an elite field of athletes vying for glory at the full marathon.

Sabah Rabiah Al Kuwari, Director of PR, Sponsorships, and CSR at Ooredoo Qatar, said: “The overwhelming participation across all categories underscores the event’s appeal not just to elite athletes but to our entire community embracing active lifestyles.” ✤