At what is most likely to be the head of the field, final year’s Muscat Marathon winner Moses Too knows he will have to overcome determined opposition to retain his title.
Five of the seven in the men’s elite group have far better private greatest instances than the Kenyan athlete, notably his compatriot Ronald Korir, Ethiopia’s Belay Asefa, and Uganda’s Jackson Kiprop, all of whom will be out to finish inside Too’s 2018 winning time of two:19:30. The women’s elite entry list also boasts some stars, with winner of the Milan, Nanjing and Wuhan marathons Asnakech Mengistu from Ethiopia, Kenya’s Gada Bontu and Czech champion Petra Pastorova.
Meanwhile the 1,500 runners taking element in the 10km race will be joined by women’s globe marathon record holder Briton Paula Radcliffe.
The across-the-board improve in participation is anticipated to offer quick advantages to the sultanate in terms of its financial influence, as nicely as additional create the lengthy-term objective of establishing Oman as 1 of the world’s top sports tourism destinations and the Muscat Marathon as the very first of its type occasion in the area.
“We are delighted to welcome the many elite and amateur athletes who have travelled to Oman from all over the world,” stated Salma al Hashmi, chief marketing and advertising officer of occasion organiser Oman Sail.
The complete 42km marathon is the centrepiece of the festival which will also see a half-marathon, marathon relay and the 10km race on Friday. The 5km Charity Fun Run – which has attracted more than two,000 participants – and the Kids’ Run will be held on Saturday.
The marathon, marathon relay and half-marathon events begin at six.30am on Friday, with the 10km race setting off at eight.30am. Saturday’s 5km Charity Fun Run – which will advantage six charities in Oman – begins at 7am, with the very first Kids’ Run beginning at eight.20am.
Information Source: Muscat Daily