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Dubai Marathon

Ethiopian duo Soloman Deksisa and Worknesh Degefa will spearhead a strong elite field featuring major city marathon winners and athletes with more than 35 international victories between them when the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon is staged on Friday (January 24).
 
Deksisa and Degefa boast the best Personal Bests in the men and women’s fields respectively and will be among the big favourites when the elite side of the IAAF Gold Label event race gets underway at 6am.
 
For Deksisa – who set his PB of 2:04:40 when finishing third in Amsterdam in 2018 – it’s a debut appearance on the flat and fast roads of Dubai and the 25-year-old will be looking to add to the back-to-back city marathon wins he enjoyed in Hamburg and Mumbai in 2018.
 
Another Dubai debutant is Kenya’s Eric Kiptanui whose personal best of 58:42 makes him the fastest half marathon runner ever entered into the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon and the 29-year-old can maintain Dubai’s reputation as being a perfect course for debutants.
 
It was only a year ago when Ethiopia’s Getaneh Molla won the race on his debut in a course record time of 2:03:34 – and Kiptanui has the explosive potential to continue this tradition and possibly end Ethiopia’s eight-year dominance of the men’s race.
 
But while Deksisa and Kiptanui are Dubai “new boys”, for Worknesh Degefa it’s a welcome return to one of her favourite hunting grounds. The diminutive 29-year-old holds the distinction of being the fastest Ethiopian female marathon runner of all time thanks to a stunning personal best of 2:17:41 – the fifth fastest marathon time ever run by a woman – set in Dubai just twelve months ago.
 
As well as that personal best when finishing second last year, Degefa won in Dubai in 2017 and finished 4th in 2018. A superb victory at the Boston Marathon back in April 2019 shows she remains a serious world talent and will start as a hot favourite this weekend.
 
As always, however, she will have her challengers, most notably former Boston Marathon winner Bizunesh Deba (2:19:59) and the up-and-coming Bedatu Hirpa, who won the 2017 Athens Marathon at the age of just 18.
 
Held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and under the aegis of the Dubai Sports Council, the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon has again brought together a field of elites with marathon victories to their names in cities such as Rome, Athens, Milan, Shanghai and Lisbon.
 
“We are pleased to be the title sponsor of the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon for the 16th consecutive year,” said Rola Abu Manneh, CEO for Standard Chartered Bank, UAE. “This flagship event, now in its 21st year, has become one of the region’s most anticipated social and sporting platforms bringing together thousands of people from all over the world. For the few hours of the marathon, all participants are united on one single path – to the finish line.

“As well as the elite runners, the event will also attract athletes and participants who want to challenge themselves; some who want to be fitter and healthier; some who want to raise money for charity; and some who just want a fun day out with their friends and family. And just like every year, we will have over 600 people from Standard Chartered who will be volunteering or running at the event.”
 
While the elite fields will take to the roads at 6am on Friday with the masses off an hour later at 7am, the honour of getting the day’s action underway falls to a stellar international field of wheelchair athletes.
Among those starting a battle royale at 5.55am will be the defending champions Marcel Hug and Sandra Graf of Switzerland
 
“Last year we witnessed two new course records and some fantastic Marathon times,” said Event Director Peter Connerton. “This week, the course is the same for the 21st running of the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon so we are looking forward to yet another high-quality race from a talented group of elite athletes.
 
“Our thanks go out to our sponsors as well as the Dubai Sports Council and all the Government bodies who come together to provide the framework for this event. Without their assistance and invaluable support, a race of this scale on the streets of the city would not be possible.”
 
Runners looking to take part in the Marathon, the 10km Road Race (8.15am) or the 4km Fun Run (11am) can register online until Thursday (Jan 23) either at dubaimarathon.org or at Run Number collection at Jumeirah Beach Hotel Conference Centre. UAE Nationals in particular are encouraged to take part in the event thanks to the ‘#My City_My Race’ campaign, launched by Dubai Holding.
 
Khalid Al Malik, Managing Director of Dubai Holding said: “We introduced the UAE National Winners Category for the Dubai Marathon as part of our ongoing commitment to community wellness and fostering Emirati pride. We are delighted to see that the number of Emirati participants has grown by 325% with more than ever before set to take part in the 2020 edition of the city’s signature fitness event.  I am also pleased to say that more Emirati women are participating in the Marathon. Last year, we saw almost 200 Emirati women running across the different race categories, which is 21% more than in 2018.“
 
He added: “This year, with our ‘#MyCity_MyRace’ campaign, we have put even more emphasis behind actively encouraging UAE Nationals of all fitness levels to take part in the 10km, 42km and Wheel Chair categories with early figures showing that 30% more will participate versus last year. We look forward to seeing record numbers of Emirati’s on the start line on Friday and hope that one day, the winner of the full marathon will be a UAE National.”
 
In addition to Standard Chartered as title sponsor, the Dubai Marathon is supported by the Dubai Sports Council, adidas, Dubai Holding, Masafi, Channel 4 Radio Network, Dubai Municipality, Dubai Police and the RTA. Live TV streaming of the race will be available at http://bit.ly/DubaiMarathon2020.

2019 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon

Livestream of 20th Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon on Friday, January 25th!

The first time in the event’s history, the Middle East’s IAAF Gold Label race will be available worldwide as a live stream with NO geo-blocking or rights restrictions.

The live feed will also be embedded on a number of leading social media platforms, specialising in running, as well as on the official Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon website and on its newly-created YouTube channel bit.ly/DubaiMarathon2019_LIVE, which is open for subscription.

The three-hour world feed will get underway in time for the start of the elite marathon at 6am (GMT02.00) with a sixteen camera production and full race graphics. There will also be other features and stories highlighted throughout the race including interviews with elite athletes, organisers, sponsors and the more unusual runners with colourful stories to tell.

Bringing all the action as it unfolds throughout the morning will be British running legend Paula Radcliffe, the current Women’s Marathon World Record Holder, and international author and award-winning athletics correspondent Pat Butcher.

Reebok Classic & Lil Yachty

Today, Reebok Classic and brand partner Lil Yachty announce the latest colorway of the Aztrek: Reebok’s futuristic, off-road runner first introduced in ’93. Now available in a classic shade of black and red, the shoe retails for $90 on Reebok.com.

  Crossing artistic boundaries and blending genres, Lil Yachty has changed the face of hip-hop. Throughout his career he has always sought a different path and carved out his own creative space, shaking off the expectations of others in pursuit of his original sound. In the campaign video, Reebok Classic showcases Lil Yachty’s bold and unapologetic style as he speaks candidly about 90s attitude and being proud of your true identity.

For FW18 Lil Yachty is styled in the Aztrek: the silhouette combines tech-functionality with retro design, featuring a generous ride height and Reebok’s Hexalite tech in the heels. Asymmetrical reinforcements give the toe area an off-kilter vibe. From the track to the streets, the Aztrek remains true to its Classic heritage, with its effortless blend of ‘90s attitude and authentic performance, this Reebok Classic slots right back into the roster like it never left.

Reebok Classic Enlists ‘90s-Inspired Vintage

In 1993, Reebok launched the Aztrek: an off-road runner that perfectly represented the wildly original and experimental designs of the time. Relaunched 25 years later, the Aztrek’s super-futuristic layers and chunky design embrace the heart of 1990s sneaker style. To celebrate the Aztrek’s return and honor the spirit of the ‘90s-era style it embodies, Reebok has launched a campaign featuring six ‘90s-raised tastemakers for a content series titled “Aztrek: 90s Re-Run.”

Featuring the likes of social media sensation Jay Versace, vintage streetwear re-worker Sara Gourlay of Frankie Collective, cult vintage shop owner Kirk Tilton of For All to Envy and more, the campaign was shot on a variety of mediums that champion the Aztrek’s past and celebrate it within the context of contemporary culture and style.

Each partner was shot in rare vintage ‘90s Reebok gear that they personally curated or custom created – resulting in five unique “one-of-one” capsule collections, all of which will be available for anyone to enter to win on Reebok.com starting today. Sourced from their own personal wardrobes, along with hours of vintage shopping, each collection nods to the singular style of the 1990s, as well as the Aztrek’s distinctive design elements and colorways.

Shot on film as an homage to ‘90s visual culture, the campaign imagery and videos span five truly epic off-road locations, illustrating the sneaker’s evolution from an off-path performance shoe to symbol for ‘90s-inspired style. From the pristine beauty of upstate New York’s national parks, to the enigmatic Joshua Tree and Death Valley desert landscapes and Utah’s breathtaking slot canyons, the campaign showcases the Aztrek’s new Fall/Winter colorways against unique off-road environments and vibrant landscapes.

A suite of films explores how – like the Aztrek – each partner’s unique personal style brings ‘90s-era values of experimentation, originality and self-expression into the contemporary style landscape. The campaign features the following partners:

  1. Jay Versace – Young humorist and social media phenom who built his name on his hilarious original characters, and recently has received major attention for his on-point ‘90s style.
  1. Sara Gourlay of Frankie Collective – Creative Director of Frankie Collective, a women’s streetwear label that cuts apart vintage ‘90s gear and sews it back together in new, trend-relevant forms to create custom, one-of-one designs. For her vintage capsule collection, she didn’t just curate – she sewed her own unique pieces.
  1. Kirk Tilton of For All To Envy – An L.A.-based, vintage fashion institution that began as a shop specializing in hard-to-find ‘90s athletic apparel before moving on to creating its own original clothing.
  1. Jordan Page  Best known as @VeryAdvanced, Jordan is a retro style expert and streetwear archivist whose memory and knowledge of ‘90s style moments is arguably the best on the internet.
  1. Josh Matthews and Angie Chavez – Two next-level vintage collectors and curators who are low-key responsible for the explosion of ‘90s looks you’re seeing everywhere.

Alongside the relaunched Aztrek, all individual partner capsule collections will be available to win via a giveaway on Reebok.com – a platform for individuals to recreate their own ‘90s-inspired style. To enter to win, the rules are:

  1. Be a U.S. resident
  2. Sign up to win at https://www.reebok.com/us/90s_rerun
  3. Wait for an e-mail from Reebok – they’ll select six winners at random and let entrants know if they’ve won.

Shop the new Aztrek Fall/Winter styles, available from $90, at Reebok.com. https://youtu.be/gAr1S0oC29w

Sept 2018 Berlin Marathon

The sports world has created a new breed of migratory bird. These are flocks of male and female marathon runners who descend annually on six international marathons (Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York City). While it may be just the elites chasing the cash prizes, everyone else is after the Six Star Finisher Medal given to those amateurs who challenge and accomplish all six of the majors.

This series is the ultimate challenge for those who want to experience an amazing achievement in fascinating cities. But one city stands out from the crowd. More marathon records have been established in Berlin than any of the other majors.

In past years nearly 75,000 runners in one year alone requested to enter the BMW Berlin Marathon in a field limited to 40,000, advised Sports Tours International https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/.

To assure that every marathoner fulfills the dream of joining the Berlin field, Sports Tours International guarantees entry to marathons requiring individual entries. The company also arranges a variety of inclusive accommodations packages for competitors and for non-running visitors who want to track the drama of such stars as Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge who won the BMW Berlin Marathon in 2017.

This marathon, famous for being flat and fast, started in the Grunewald forest in 1974 and moved to West Berlin in 1981. Over recent years the BMW Berlin Marathon has provided nine world records, including Dennis Kimetto’s marathon world record of 2:02:57 in Berlin in 2014. The female course record 2:19:12 was set here in ’05.

The September 16, 2018 BMW Berlin Marathon starts and finishes on Strasse des 17, running past the magnificent Angel of Peace statue and through the Tiergarten district before continuing past the Reichstag at 7Km and the Berliner Dom at 9Km. The field begins to spread out and the race begins to move along quickly where runners can start picking up speed and pace at 12Km while passing the lovely fountain at Strausberger Platz.

The crowds continue to pick up as does the noise, and it’s all supplemented with more than 60 bands lining the route. The course is one big sightseeing loop through one of the most exciting cities in the world. Guaranteed entries are available with travel packages through Sports Tours International. See: https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/events/berlin-marathon/

Sports Tours International’s BMW Berlin Marathon tour packages for competitors and visitors feature:

• Guaranteed entry into the marathon (£130 per entry)

• 3/4/5 nights at a choice of excellent, centrally located hotels

• All hotel taxes

• Daily breakfasts

• The services of the highly experienced Sports Tours International Team

Sports Tours International suggests booking race packages early. For more information, available packages, space availability and reservations please visit online: https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/, email: sales@sportstoursinternational.co.uk, or call: (+44) 161 703 8161.

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.