Ooredoo Doha Marathon 2023 to be held on January 20

Ooredoo Doha Marathon 2023 to be held on January 20

QLNews
By QLNews

Having long promoted sporting events, Ooredoo Qatar announced details of the 2023 Ooredoo Doha Marathon, a prestigious event on the World Athletics global calendar.

This marathon event is widely recognized as one of Doha's most popular sporting events. The 11th edition is scheduled for January 20, 2023 and is organized by Ooredoo in partnership with Qatar Athletic Federation.

On Wednesday, November 2, 2022, Ooredoo held a press conference at Ooredoo Tower in West Bay, Doha, and shared more details on the upcoming event. Among the attendees were Qatari athlete Mutaz Barshim and senior representatives of Ooredoo and Qatar Athletic Foundation.

During the press conference, world champion Mutaz Essa Barshim was announced as the new Ooredoo Doha Marathon ambassador.

What to expect

Thousands of runners representing 80 nationalities or more, including elite athletes from around the world, are expected to participate in this year's edition. Among those confirmed are Mohcin Outalha from Morocco and Yohans Mekasha, Hiribo Shano and Abiyote Abinet from Ethiopia, along with Desi Jisa Mokonin from Bahrain and Ebsite Tilahun from Ethiopia in the women’s race.

Running enthusiasts of all levels from Qatar's sporting community and families will join the elite athletes for a fun-filled day of running!

As part of the Ooredoo Doha Marathon 2023, there are a number of distances available, from a 1km kids' race to a 42km marathon, and a special AlAdaam category for Qatari runners with prizes for the winners. The total prize pool this year is around QR1million for all categories, while all participants who finish their category will get a medal.

Runners will avoid excessive laps with a new, enhanced route that takes them past some of Doha's most iconic landmarks. Participants with disabilities will be able to run up to and including 21.1km, and a full six hours will be dedicated to closing the roads for the event. 

There will be plenty of activities for the whole family in a dedicated race village located in Al Bidda Park.

What's New

Nojoom, Ooredoo's award-winning loyalty programme, will be integrated into this year's event so Nojoom members can redeem Nojoom Points for event entry. 

As part of Ooredoo's commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals, all event giveaways, including medals, t-shirts, and bags, will use recycled materials.

Sheikh Nasser Bin Hamad Bin Nasser Al Thani,Chief Commercial Officer at Ooredoo, said: “In organizing the Ooredoo Doha Marathon 2023, we aim to promote sports participation, highlight sporting events in Qatar and encourage a healthy, active lifestyle for all. It’s a source of great pride for Ooredoo that, year after year, this event is so hugely popular with both international athletes and local runners, and that it contributes significantly to local charitable organizations, with all proceeds being donated to chosen charities each year. With so many upgrades this year, we look forward to the 2023 edition being the biggest and best yet!” 

The Ooredoo Doha Marathon was first held in 2013 to inspire and encourage Qatari citizens and residents to live a healthy and active lifestyle. The marathon has grown to become one of the most anticipated sporting events in Qatar with over 18,000 participants over the years.

Highlights for Ooredoo Doha Marathon 2022

The event draws thousands of spectators who line the streets, cheer on the runners, and enjoy the energetic atmosphere and live entertainment.

The Qatar Athletic Federation's President Mohammed Al Fadala thanked Ooredoo for organizing the marathon, as well as the company's ongoing efforts to improve the event. He stressed the Olympic Committee’s strong support for the Ooredoo Doha Marathon, given its significant importance as both a sporting and a community event. He also highlighted the careful consideration involved in planning the new running route, proportionate to the significance of the event and scale of participation. 

In order to accommodate as many people as possible, the 11th edition will once again feature a virtual event for those who wish to run alone. Wearable devices will be used by runners to track their runs at their favorite outdoor location. Run times will be shared via app or imported from Strava.

How to register

Participants can register for the Ooredoo Doha Marathon 2023 via Ooredoo’s website (The barcode above can also be scanned). This edition of the marathon allows Nojoom members to redeem Nojoom Points for event entry. 

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