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Reuben Kipyego to battle Abel Kirui at the Abu Dhabi Marathon

Kenya’s Reuben Kiprop Kipyego will face an uphill task while defending his title at the 3rd edition of the Abu Dhabi Marathon that will be held on 26, November in Abu dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Kipyego returns to this race with a personal best of 2:03.55 which he got early this year at the Generali Milano Marathon and this time has placed him as the 20th fastest runner in the world.

The 25 years-old will battle with the two times World Champion Abel Kirui who carries a personal best of 2:05.04 that he got in 2009 at the Rotterdam Marathon where he finished in third place.

The 2012 London Olympic silver medallist, is one runner who has maintained his running status for the last 16 years in marathon and other road running championships across the world.

Kipyegon had been selected to be a pacemaker but he turned the tables as ran away with the 2019 title beating runner-up Joel Kimurer by a minute and 41 seconds. As the marathon champion, Kipyego earned $100,000 in prize money.

The race have put the two top athletes together to try and target the race course record that was set in the first edition of 2:04.04 by Marius Kipserem from Kenya.

Speaking on the confirmation of the latest world-class athletes, Aref Al Awani, General Secretary of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, said: “As we return for our much-anticipated third edition, this year’s elite level line-up will see some of the world’s best male and female runners heading to Abu Dhabi to compete for the top prize. With two ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon champions returning in 2021 to defend their title, we can look ahead to an incredible display of competition and talent, further enhancing the event’s global reputation as one of the most prestigious races to participate at. We are proud that they have chosen our wonderful city and this fantastic event, and we look forward to welcoming them to the start line in Abu Dhabi.”

The total prize fund for the 2021 Adnoc Abu Dhabi Marathon is worth $303,000 (Dhs1.11 million) and will be shared across the various categories, with both elite male and female marathon winners taking home $50,000 (Dhs183,500) each.

A bonus cash of $30,000 is also being awarded, should they break the current course record.

2021 Abu Dhabi Marathon winner to walk away with over 5 million Shillings

The organisers of the  third edition of the Adnoc Abu Dhabi Marathon, have announced the prize money and the T-shirt design that will be used during the race that will be held on Friday (26) November 2021.

The announcement was made during a press conference held at the ADNOC Business Center on Sunday, and was attended by Aref Hamad Al Awani, General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, Andrea Trabuio, Adnoc Abu Dhabi Marathon Race Director and Kinan Abou Hamdan, Marketing Director of Nike Middle East and Gulf Marketing Group.

There are several race categories available for runners to choose from, including the individual 42.2KM marathon distance, a marathon relay for teams of two, 10KM, 5KM and 2.5KM, as well as a wheelchair race category.

The total prize fund for the 2021 Adnoc Abu Dhabi Marathon is worth $303,000 (Dhs1.11 million) and will be shared across the various categories, with both elite male and female marathon winners taking home $50,000 (Dhs183,500) each.

A bonus cash of $30,000 is also being awarded, should they break the current course records of 2:04.40 and 2:21.01 for the male and female races respectively. Cash prizes of $ 8,500 and $ 11,000 will be awarded to winners of the wheelchair and 10 KM categories respectively.

Awani said: “The third edition of the Adnoc Abu Dhabi Marathon is witnessing a great turnout of more than 4,000 participants, despite the challenges posed by the pandemic. It’s an indication of the keenness and interaction of the Abu Dhabi community to participate in the event and express the extent of the growth and increase of runners in Abu Dhabi in particular, and the UAE in general.

“We are delighted with the partnership with Adnoc which already embodies its corporate identity and its strategy through its sponsorship and support for the marathon and all global and community sporting events.

Yaser Saeed Almazrouei, Adnoc Upstream Executive Director, added: “The unveiling of the race routes and prize fund for the third edition of the Adnoc Abu Dhabi Marathon marks an important milestone as we prepare for the return of this unique community event. The size of this year’s fund is testament to Adnoc and the Abu Dhabi Sports Council’s commitment to attracting world-class athletes to the event and encouraging community participation. The marathon is a perfect example of how Adnoc is focused on making a positive and lasting contribution to the wellbeing of our community, through a diverse and integrated program of health and fitness initiatives.”

The 2021 Adnoc Abu Dhabi Marathon will start in front of the iconic Adnoc headquarters, offering direct views of the Founder’s Memorial, while runners participating in the 2.5KM, 5KM and 10KM races will begin in 18th Street.