With a record entry and recognition of its international status and course requirements, the seventh edition will see six,094 runners taking component in six race categories across the two-day sporting festival, stated a press release.
This year’s occasion will welcome athletes representing 87 distinct nationalities with contingents from India, the UK, the Philippines, France, South Africa and the US. Compared to 2017 – itself a record-breaking year – entries for the marathon centrepiece challenge have much more than doubled to 234, with the quantity of runners in the half-marathon and 10km events also elevated to 683 and 1,299 athletes respectively. A additional 394 runners will be taking component in the Marathon Relay team category, with 1,099 signed up for the 5km Charity Fun Run in help of the Oman Diabetes Association.
While the youngest runner will be amongst the outstanding two,374 entries taking component in the Kids’ Run on Thursday – the opening occasion of the two-day festival – the oldest is 73 year old Edwige Van Den Assem, who is travelling to Oman from Dubai for the 10km women’s race.
The final week has noticed anticipation rise with the publication of the two,018 Runners’ Guide with detailed info for runners and spectators alike, which includes guidance, race regulations, wellness ideas, occasion timetables and maps of the different race routes in and about the Al Mouj waterfront location complicated.
In the run-up to the begin, organisers Oman Sail have been delighted to get formal recognition of the occasion from planet running’s international governing physique AIMS – the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races. At the identical time, the beautiful Muscat coastal courses have been measured to meet the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) requirements creating the Al Mouj Muscat Marathon eligible for recognised record-breaking performances.
One going to runner with precise timing on her thoughts is a British lady aiming to reclaim her Guinness World Record for the quickest half-marathon pushing a double buggy. Sarah Steer and her husband Martin only started significant distance operating with their very first marathon in 2011, but have now joined the exclusive 7 Continents Club of only 206 individuals who have run marathons on each and every of the planet’s seven continents, which includes Antarctica.
Following the arrival of twin sons Luke and Nathan, now 3, Sarah set a buggy-pushing record in 2016 which has not too long ago been narrowly broken.
“I’m recovering from some injuries, so I am not as confident of getting the record back as I would like to be,” mentioned Sarah, shortly just before travelling from her house close to Cambridge, England, for what will be her very first keep in Oman.
“There are lots of tiny variables and a couple of items that could go incorrect, but at the finish of the day you just by no means know with a race, occasionally you can pull it out of the bag. I will give it my greatest shot which is what I often do – occasionally that functions, occasionally it does not.
“As long as I have fun and my boys are okay that’s all that matters. They love the buggy and get really excited when we go out. Martin will be running with me in support – occasionally the boys throw something out of the buggy so he has to be there to pick up the pieces!”
Information Source: Muscat Daily