Racing in The Heart of the Capital- ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon 

Racing in The Heart of the Capital- ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon 

It is the time of the year when the runners start preparing for the amazing ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon 2022 on the shores of the Arabian Gulf. The fourth edition of Abu Dhabi’s largest community sporting event took place on December 17, 2022. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, you can sign up for distances that suit your fitness standards and abilities. This community-wide event provides an opportunity to indulge in activities, entertainment, and race coverage with friends and family. Experience the beauty, culture, and heritage of Abu Dhabi as you race in the heart of the capital and be cheered on by crowds from all over the world.

Everything About The ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon

Everything About the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon

The ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon is organised by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and is one of the most important events of the year. Aspiring racers of all ages can participate in the event. Marathoners strive to win colossal prizes of up to $50,000 by touching the finish line first! Registering for the event will get you a race kit, which includes an event t-shirt, timing tags, bibs, and other items.

  • Abu Dhabi Marathon 2022 Date

In 2022, the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon will be held on Saturday, 17th December 2022, from 06:30 AM – 11:00 PM.

  • Types of Abu Dhabi Marathon Races

Types of Abu Dhabi Marathon Races

You can choose to participate in any of the 5 categories of races listed below:

    • Marathon

Participants will get a chance to run across the heart of Abu Dhabi on a 42.195 km track that passes through spectacular landmarks while being cheered on by the public. The marathon will begin and conclude at ADNOC HQ Towers with a cut-off of 06:00 A.M. Differently-abled people can choose to participate in the wheelchair category. The entry fee for the marathon is AED 350, which excludes VAT. 

    • Marathon Relay Teams Of 2

This race is a brilliant way to bond with your best buddy or your better half. A race for two, this marathon relay team of two requires one runner to finish 22 km while the other will continue the remaining race of approximately 20 km. ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon introduced this category this year, and the cut-off time is again 6 hours for this race. The entry fee for this race is AED 550, which excludes VAT

    • 10 km Road Race

If you prefer running shorter distances, and recreation and entertainment matter to you the most, this race is for you. Enjoy the pleasant weather of Abu Dhabi and gaze at the beauty and charm of the city while running the stretch of 10 km of the Abu Dhabi Corniche. The wheelchair race category is also available for differently-abled people. The entry fee for the 10 km road race is AED 150, which excludes VAT.

    • 5 km Road Race

Have you just developed this passion for running? Go for the 5 km road race to achieve your fitness goals and test your capabilities. The entry fee for the 5 km Road Race is AED 75, which excludes VAT

    • 2.5 km Fun Run

Want to have fun? Enrol yourself and your family members for this race! This race has no time limit, and there are no losers-just winners. Have a jolly run with your family or make new friends and just experience the bliss of running, walking, or jogging around the emirate. The entry fee for the 2.5 fun run is AED 50, which excludes VAT.

ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon 2022 Route

One of the key objectives behind organising the Abu Dhabi Marathon and participating in the event is to experience the iconic wonders and landmarks of the capital city. The route is designed in a manner that allows you to gaze at and appreciate the beauty, heritage, and charm of Abu Dhabi. The marathon starts at the ADNOC headquarters in front of the Founders Memorial. Marathoners will cross the Corniche, run along Qasr Al Hosn, and pass the Emirates Heritage Village.

You will then pass through Marina Mall and run through King Abdullah Street before returning to the Corniche. Other spectacular places on the route include the Crown Prince’s Court, the Al Bateen Palace, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, and the World Trade Centre Abu Dhabi. The finish line is the ADNOC HQ Event Village. The short-distance races will start at the Nation Towers’ front on Corniche Road and finish on Al Marsan Street. 

ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon 2022 Prize Money

The cumulative prize money for the runners winning the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon 2022 is approximately AED 36 million. Here is what you can win:

Male and female elite category winners get prize money worth approximately AED 183,650 each. If you are lucky and brave enough to break the record, you can win an additional prize of approximately AED 110,000. Currently, the record is 2:04:40 for males and 2:21:01 for females

    • The winner of the wheelchair race gets a cash prize of AED 29,000
    • The winner of the 10 km race gets a cash prize of AED 40,000

Entry Requirements for Participants

Entry Requirements for Participants

Whether you are a 6-year-old child or a 70-year-old, you can participate in the grand ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon. Winning is not the ulterior motive, but having fun, meeting new people, and spending time with friends and family is the highlight of this event.

For participation, the event follows strict rules and regulations laid out by:

    • NCEMA – National Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Management Authority
    • ADSC – Abu Dhabi Sports Council

The priority is to ensure the safety of all participants and organisers. You may be required to submit a negative PCR report taken within 48 hours, which the authorities will verify before you are allowed to participate. 

  • ADNOC Marathon 2022 Registration

To register for any of the races, you need to follow the following process:

    • Step 1 – Visit the official ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon website 
    • Step 2 – Select the race in which you want to participate in.
    • Step 4 – Enter the details of the people participating in the event, along with details like age, address, and number, and click on the “payment” tab.
    • Step 5 – Complete the online payment and receive your ticket.
  • ADNOC Marathon Entry Fees

Here are the entry fees that will be charged for participating in any of the 5 race categories. These costs exclude VAT:

Race Category Entry Fees (excluding VAT)
Marathon 350
Marathon Relay – Teams of 2 550
10 km Race 150
5 km Race 75
2.5 km Race 50


The fourth edition of the increasingly popular ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon is expected to attract a record 20,000 entrants this year, which is 65% higher than last year’s 12,000 entrants. Ahead of the December 17 race, organisers have confirmed the circuit, a stunning new street that circles some of the UAE capital’s most famous landmarks. 

The changes made to the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon highlight the organisers’  commitment to providing the best marathon experience to the participants. Some of these changes include an increased focus on community-centric events in keeping with the tradition from the previous years. 

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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

How should I register for the ADNOC Marathon 2023?

To register for the World Marathon Challenge 2022, you need to visit the official website and fill out an application form. Fill in all the details required. Make an online payment and confirm your participation in the World Marathon Challenge 2023.

Will there be medical facilities available on the day of the race?

Yes, medical assistance will be available for all participants on the day of the race. The medical posts will be located within a 50-100m range from the main refreshment stations and the finish line. According to the rules and regulations of World Athletics and AIMS, runners must withdraw from the race as soon as possible if ordered to do so by a member of the official medical staff.

What time does the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon start?

The ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon will start at 6:30 a.m. on December 17, 2022.

What is the length of the Abu Dhabi marathon?

The Abu Dhabi marathon is a certified 42.195 km long race. The total distance for the marathon is the longest on the Olympic Programme, which is 26 miles and 385 yards. Refreshment and refuelling stations are installed every 5 km on the Marathon track.

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