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2019 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon

Former champions Lemi Berhanu and Worknesh Degefa will be among the powerful elite line-up when the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon celebrates its 20th edition on the streets of the UAE on January 25.

The two Ethiopians – winners in 2015 and 2017 respectively – are key figures in the roll of honour of the Middle East’s biggest mass participation event, the only IAAF Gold Label Marathon in the region.

Lemi has performed well on the global stage but his best performances have always been on the flat and fast streets of Dubai. As well as winning the title four years ago in a time of 2h:05m:28s, he set his personal best at the event when as defending champion he finished runner-up in 2016 in 2h:04:33.

Still only 25, Lemi has also competed at World Championship level and at the Rio Olympics in 2016. Like an increasing number of elite runners, he has also prospered at the marathon distance in China, winning the Hengshui title with 2h:08m:51s in September 2018, the Xiamen Marathon in 2017 (2h:08m:27s) and the 2014 Taiyuan Marathon (2h:13m:10s).

Held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and staged under the aegis of the Dubai Sports Council, the 2019 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon will welcome a number of the world’s best athletes as the marathon celebrates its 20th anniversary with elite fields in both the men and women’s races.

Among the leading elite women in the line-up, Worknesh Degefa who stunned the athletics world in 2017 by winning on her marathon debut in Dubai. The Ethiopian caused quite an upset beating a strong field of experienced marathon runners in a time of 2h:22m:36s although she was disappointed 12 months later.

Running in the defence of her crown Worknesh set a new personal best 2h:19m:53s yet failed to break into the top three as the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon once again proved its strength in depth with four women breaking the 2h:20m – the first time the feat has ever been achieved in one race.

“It’s very unusual that a runner will break the 2:20 mark and not win a marathon,” said Event Director Peter Connerton. “But that just shows how deep the quality runs in our elite fields. Last year we had seven men break 2h:05m – a unique result in marathon history – so the athletes competing in Dubai know they have to be at their very best to get among the medals.”

The elite marathon athletes will get their race underway at 6am on January 25, five minutes after the wheelchair athletes take to the course. The mass marathon field will face the starting gun at 7am with the 10km Road Race beginning at 8.30am and the 4km Fun Run at 10.30am. Runners looking to register can still do so by visiting the official website www.dubaimarathon.org.

In addition to Standard Chartered as title sponsor, the Dubai Marathon is supported by the Dubai Sports Council, adidas, Dubai Eye 103.8FM, Aquafina and Gatorade, Dubai Holding, Dubai Police, Dubai Municipality and the RTA.

REEBOK × FUSION FLEXWEAVE

REEBOK COMBINES TWO SIGNATURE RUNNING TECHNOLOGIES TO CREATE THE NEW FUSION FLEXWEAVE

 

In April, Reebok launched the latest addition in the Flexweave franchise with the FusionFlexweave. This innovative running shoe unites the flexible yet durable Flexweave material with the ultimate cushioning of Floatride technology, to create the ideal running combination for any athlete.

Reebok’s proprietary Flexweave technology uses an open figure-8 construction that interlocks unlimited strands of fibers to create a single surface construction that serves as the ideal upper for this multi-use running shoe.

The material provides the coveted balance of lightness, durability, fit and stability for quick and powerful speed workouts. It is complemented by the Floatride technology, which is embedded in the shoe’s sole to deliver a seamless integration of cushioning and responsiveness for superb comfort. When the two are combined, the end result is a durable yet comfortable running shoe that can support a variety of workouts. The Fusion Flexweave is the ideal choice for the athlete who expands their fitness regimen past the treadmill or pavement, but is ultimately a runner at their core.

Additional key features in the Fusion Flexweave include:

•   Performance Upper: Flexweave upper delivers a functional lightweight support structure with added durability

•   Multi-Directional Support: meta split outsole provides support and flexibility for multi-dimensional movement

•   Ultimate Cushioning: midsole features Floatride Technology for ultimate cushioning experience

The Fusion Flexweave is now available for $120 on Reebok.com.

OLYMPICS x LIVE STREAM

The Winter Olympics in South Korea may be 14 time zones removed from the Eastern Time Zone of the US — but 43% of Americans say they plan to watch NBC’s live streaming content during the Games, with only 48% saying they did not have such plans.

A big chunk of the country — 63% — say they will watch at least some coverage of the Games, which begin Friday, February 8.  That is double those who said “no” (31%) to watching any coverage.

“That is a healthy number of people turning to devices other than television,” noted Rick Gentile, director of the poll, which is sponsored by the Sharkey Institute.   “You might call this the breakthrough year for streaming coverage making a big impact.”

FlipBelt × MIIEGO 

FlipBelt, the activewear brand behind the ultimate carry-all fitness belt, has partnered with MIIEGO to offer the latest in wireless headphone technology. With innovative designs, crystal-clear sound quality and a long lasting charge (over 11 hours) the MIIEGO headphones are outperforming the competition and are a must-have for an active lifestyle. 

  • YOU MOVE-THEY DON’T. Run. Jump. Twist. Flip around. Now you can do all of that with music in your ears! No matter the challenge – the new AL3+ FREEDOM series by MIIEGO® will let you move – because they don’t.
  • Comfort and Safety: The soft ON-EAR design and fit doesn’t isolate your ears. Rather, it gives you situational awareness, where you still receive ambient noise and signals from your surroundings. You can listen to your music and have the peace of mind that you’ll hear the traffic during your run, or work-out. The ON-EAR design also means that it doesn’t irritate the inside of your ear canal or give you sore ears. You don’t worry about earbuds constantly falling out of your ears or getting full of earwax.
  • Performance and Affordability: Outperforms most premium sport earbuds out there, more than 11 hours of guaranteed playing time. Retails $79.99 to 89.99.
  • Want to see them in action? Check out their video here.

MIIEGO AL3+Woman



The most unique in the line, the MIIEGO AL3+ Woman have been specifically designed to meet the needs and fit of women’s active lifestyles. The extremely soft and flexible headphones are wrapped in an ultra-secure neckband that has been carefully designed to fit women’s head size and even contours to ensure it will not fall out of place. The lightweight design makes it easy and comfortable to wear, even for extended periods of time. The headphones offer crystal clear playback, without compromising safety. Its ON EAR design allows ambient noise and signals to be heard, keeping its wearers aware of their surroundings. 
 
Each pair of headphones is guaranteed with a one year warranty for added peace of mind. The MIIEGO AL3+ Woman retails for $79.99 and can be viewed and purchased, along with the rest of the line at www.flipbelt.com.
 
Freedom


 Their AL3+ FREEDOM headphones are built to allow you to move freely, while they remain comfortably in place. FlipBelt knows in the midst of a hard workout music is often a motivator. The AL3+ FREEDOM allows its wearers to enjoy crisp, dynamic sound, while jumping, running, or twisting. The uniquely designed neckband is soft and flexible, making it easy for them to comfortably remain in place for an extended period of time. The headphones allow noises to flow through, keeping users aware of their surroundings, without compromising on the sound of their music. A single charge of the bluetooth headphones has an 11 hour guaranteed playing time. 
 
Each pair from the MIIEGO line is guaranteed with a one year warranty for added peace of mind. The MIIEGO AL3+ FREEDOM retails for $79.99 and can be viewed and purchased, along with the rest of the line at www.flipbelt.com.
 
Sport Earbuds


Designed with professional athlete input, FlipBelt and MIIEGO are offering the most comfortable and customizable wireless earphones available. The MIIEGOM1 Wireless Sport Earphones are created for action and sport, allowing wearers to move freely, without the hassle of annoying cables. Their anti-slip ear hooks fit comfortably and securely over its wearers ears. The earbuds are adjustable in each ear and around your neck, to ensure that you find the perfect and most comfortable fit. COMPLY, the award winning ear tips are installed to block external noise, while safely delighting your ears with a superior audio experience. Each ear bud is sealed with super-soft memory foam that is comfortable and easy on the ear canal, making wearing for long periods of time a breeze. The MIIEGO M1 can master any climate that its wearer can handle. They have been developed to withstand hot and cold environments, as well as sweat and rain, without issue. A special built in-in microphone also allows users to take and make quick phone calls without having to disturb their workout. 
 
Each pair from the MIIEGO line is guaranteed with a one year warranty for added peace of mind. The MIIEGO M1 retails for $89.99 and can be viewed and purchased, along with the rest of the line at www.flipbelt.com.