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When running races started being cancelled all over the place, it left a lot of amateur athletes with no outlet for all the weeks and months of training they had invested. Then Fuad Naser, founder of the 5:30 Run Club in Dubai, had a brainwave. In a meeting with the sportswear company ASICS Middle East, he mentioned that he had heard of people running long distances on their balconies and around their apartments. Could they...

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If you are one of the 30,000 runners expected to line up for the start of the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon at 7am on Friday, January 24,and are perhaps now wondering whether all that training and the anticipated agony of the 42.195-kilometer slog that lies ahead of you is really going to be worth it, relax. Right now, the decision to enter Dubai’s 20th anniversary marathon – perhaps taken in the heat of the moment after...

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Running is not everyone’s forte, that’s for sure. But for many people, running can be of great benefit in many areas of life, from building physical health to reducing stress. So if you’ve thought about taking it up  but haven’t quite got round to it yet, here’s why you should start running: Mental fitness Those who have made it past putting on their running gear will understand the mental gains that come from even one...

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The medals have been designed and the race course set for the second ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon. There’s the full marathon, of course, and a roster of runners from elites on down to first-timers. Then there are 10km, 5km and 2.5km races for everyone else, and when they finish, their medals will read “I did it”. Marathoners get the slightly hipper 42.195km on theirs, but then again, they earned that, didn’t they?   In the leadup...