Running in Qatar - Doha Bay Running Club

By karlstreet

I have formed a running group that meet every Friday morning at 6am on the Corniche next to the Sheraton Hotel by the circular coffee shop. There are 8 of us, 2 running the dubai marathon, 2 running the RAK half marathon, I just ran the dubai half marathon this morning. We run 8 to 12KM+ up to 25km. No running events in Doha, many in UAE and Dubai. Join us if you are interested.

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By karlstreet• 4 years 8 months ago.
Rating: 3/5

Search for the Facebook page - request to join the group, you will be sent a message that you need to reply to otherwise you will not be accepted. We have over 800 Facebook members at the last count. Though around 40 60 active runners taking part in one or more training sessions.

By shiju76• 5 years 4 months ago.

I would like to join the club. How is the procedure? want to start January 2013. Any registration procedures?

By karlstreet• 5 years 10 months ago.

Now have more than 300 Facebook members

By wiki17• 6 years 2 months ago.

hey is it still open or has it reached its limit?

By karlstreet• 6 years 5 months ago.
Rating: 4/5

The group has now grown to 150 Facebook members and 20 to 35 runners on a Friday morning. We continue to run from the 0 marker on the Corniche next to the Sheraton Hotel. We run different routes with pre-arranged water stops. Post-run social at Verge Nano coffee bar near the Tennis Stadium. The majority of active members ran in the Doha College 10km race last week.

By karlstreet• 7 years 1 week ago.
Rating: 3/5

We now meet at 5.30am - we no longer just run along the Corniche as it is a bad surface to run on. We prefer to meet and run different routes each week from the Corniche, usually around the West Bay area. We will run less distance during the Summer and we have pre-arranged water stops. We have also created a Facebook page that you can also join =

We intend to use this for week to week discussions and route options and social events.

By yinsane• 7 years 7 months ago.

Would definitely love to join you guys once i get my own transport as i live at the other end of corniche atm.

pindal, have a look at their website here

It says that they run 10km (5km to and fro). 10KM at the moment is definitely too much for me. Guess i'll use this time to start on the routine.

Not sure where to get a good pair of running shoes as i am also looking around. Saw the usual addidas, nike brands in city centre and villagio. Am also looking for a sports armband for my mobile. If anybody can advise where to find one, that would be helpful.

By pindalmation• 7 years 7 months ago.

hi ! good to here that there are other runners out in Doha :) Are you guys still running every friday ? How long / far do you all usually run ? Would like to join when im back on land - aiming for to complete a half marathon at the end of the year, it would be great to be able to get some running done on outdoors again.

Off topic, do you know where i can get good running shoes ? I have only recently moved here.


ps @nvanhattem: where do you go for yoga ?

By nvanhattem• 7 years 7 months ago.

I'm a walker and wanna-be-runner. I plan to be running 10ks at the Dubai Marathon's in Jan next year. Is anyone interested in coaching me to success?

I will be following some of the training basics of this website:

plus adding yoga 4 times a week

By Sunny day• 7 years 7 months ago.
Sunny day

Thanks. Does anyone know of a beginner running group? Not Hash, been there, did not enjoy that!

By chadt74• 7 years 7 months ago.

All are welcome to join our group and the group could probably offer some good advice, but currently I am not aware of any beginners training with the group. Again anyone with an interest is welcome, it is a good group.

By Sunny day• 7 years 7 months ago.
Sunny day


I am not a professional runner, but I would like to start training and getting back in shape. Would it be ok if I join or is this only for people who have experience running? I would actually like to start training for a 10km run. Are there other beginners training?

Let me know!

By karlstreet• 7 years 7 months ago.

web site for the running club

By karlstreet• 7 years 7 months ago.
Rating: 2/5

As chadt74 said we meet at 5.30am at the moment as it is so hot. We will change it back to 6am in October some time. Only 4 of us ran last week, but I expect more will join us after Eid. Towards the end of October those that are interested can join me in running longer distances. 10km plus 12km to InterCon and back to the Sheraton in preparation for the Half & Full Dubai Marathons. I have contacted Losail race track organizers about the possibility of running a 10km race at their track over the Winter. We would also need sponsors for this event.

By chadt74• 7 years 8 months ago.
Rating: 5/5

Yes we still run on Friday mornings, but due to the heat we meet at 5.30. The location is on the Corniche at he 0KM marker (not on the Sheraton property but next to it). Due to the heat and vacations there are fewer of us right now but we are there and you can pretty much tell the runners down there.

By RobertDowneyJnr• 7 years 9 months ago.

Is this still going on? Same arrangement at 6am Sheraton?

By Expatrobs• 7 years 9 months ago.

Sounds good. I'll get in contact when back in Doha at the beginning of August. Currently enjoying running on mud trails in the rain in UK!!


+974 5899053

By entria_qt• 7 years 9 months ago.
Rating: 2/5

This is great. Want to do some exercise and running as well. Good for health and scuba diving

By unsquashable• 7 years 9 months ago.

For upcoming marathons in the ME region, please call me and we can plan the trip. The more the merrier.

Kathmandu Marathon - Oct 2nd

Amman International Marathon - Oct 22nd

Beirut Marathon - Nov 7th

I will be travelling for all 3 plus there will be some runners from Dubai who would be joining me.



By Expatrobs• 7 years 9 months ago.

Been in Doha for the last 5 years, predominantly running on my own. Done a couple of Dubai marathons and am now prepping for the Athens Classic in October. Would be interested in helping to develop a Mirdif Milers type club here. Is anyone still running from the Sheraton?

By italian.french.boy• 7 years 9 months ago.


i would like to join you some friday morning if it possible :) I just have to come at 6am? Did you bring water with you or there are some fountaine of drinking water in al Cornich

By• 7 years 9 months ago.
Rating: 2/5

Hi All

I am 5 days new to Doha

Would be happy to help organise Doha 10km

Keen to join Friday Corniche run

and keen to Travel to Marathons and other Events wherever

Will see you on the road

By unsquashable• 7 years 10 months ago.
Rating: 4/5

Hello runners,

There are quite a few marathon in the ME / Asia region.

I am trying to form a regular travel group with whom I would like to travel for marathons (mostly over the weekends).

Following are some of the races I have in case someone is interested.

Oct 2nd - Kathmandu Marathon, Nepal.

Oct 16th - Amman International Marathon, Jordan

Nov 7th - Beirut Marathon, Lebanon

Jan 21st - Dubai Marathon, UAE

Jan 26th - Luxor Marathon, Egypt

Feb ?? - Abu Dhabi Marathon, UAE (Full Marathon next yr)

Most of these places are quite cheap to fly to (under QAR 1,000). I usually fly out on Thurday and return on Sunday or Monday.

It'll be nice to have a Doha contigent at these races just like DCS & Mirdiff Milers in UAE.

Look forward to hearing from you.

By karlstreet• 7 years 10 months ago.

we are still running despite the heat

web page

By karlstreet• 8 years 3 weeks ago.

Hope you are ready to run again

Start running before it gets too hot

By karlstreet• 8 years 3 weeks ago.

Web address

Information posted here for updates

By chasingkimbia• 8 years 2 months ago.
Rating: 2/5

im willing to join also to the group,hope i can come this weekend to the meeting place.

Pain Is TEMPORARY Quiting last FOREVER...

By peterfrancis• 8 years 2 months ago.
Rating: 3/5

See you all at the coffee shop on the corniche beside the sheraton, recovering from plantar fasciitis so I will just call down to meet the group and perhaps log 20 - 30 minutes

By hassan1024• 8 years 2 months ago.


would love to join but asking me to get up before 10 am on a Friday is tantamount to human rights abuse :)

By• 8 years 2 months ago.

thanks! hope to see you guys this weekend.. :)

By karlstreet• 8 years 2 months ago.

Except the will to get up early on a Friday morning when everyone else is lying in bed.

By karlstreet• 8 years 2 months ago.
Rating: 2/5

Last week we ony ran 10km -recovering from running the marathon in Dubai - will run further this weekend, though if you want to stop at 10km as some do that is not a problem.

As for the race - I am thinking November this year because unless someone has organized such an event in Qatar before I think that there will many barriers to anything organized. I certainly won't be able to do it by myself

Might even consider 10 miles or 16.6km instead.

By• 8 years 2 months ago.
Rating: 3/5

hi all...

I'm interested to join your group... just don't know if you have requirements to be qualified and be a member.... btw i was also in dubai last jan 22 for the dubai marathon.....(10K race)....

By Fitnesspro• 8 years 3 months ago.

Hi all..

I'm an ultra runner just landed in Doha 3 weeks ago.. I'd be definitely interested in an event here.. Especially a desert race???


"You only get out what you put in"

By peterfrancis• 8 years 3 months ago.

Been teaching here since August running on my own everyday, would love to come along or here of any runners interested in forming a more regular group also, I train most evenings in Aspire Park or somewhere on the campus of aspire anyway, plantar fasciitis at the moment means I run exclusively on grass for a little while. Is the 6am run still on?? Peter from Ireland 7154991

By Tucky• 8 years 4 months ago.

A 10km race would be a good starting point, probably later in the year would be better to give people a chance to train.

Your biggest issue would probably be contacting the police and authorities in order to get the roads closed down. Would you need public liability insurance out here?

I'm sure that there would be a bit of interest, there's not much competition for events!

By karlstreet• 8 years 4 months ago.
Rating: 4/5

I would like to organize a running event in Doha. However, I was thinking of starting small scale and going for a 10km ace instead first to guage interest and then step up to a half marathon the following year if there is a good turn-out. I was thinking a good plac to run the evnt would b from the Hyatt hotel - the race could be around the Pearl and back. The problem with the Marathon is that you will not get as many people entering. The Dubai Creek Striders Half Marathon is a local event with no money and attracted 1000 entrants this year the Dubai Marathon with all of its money, advertising and status only attractd 1500 last year.

When would you like to organize the event? The arliest would be mid November through early March. It would b better if we could find a Friday that did not clash with any other major running event in the region.

By unsquashable• 8 years 4 months ago.

I'd be interested as am taking part in the Dubai Marathon as well.

How about if we arrange a marathon in Doha? Please call me at 355.0210 to discuss (if interested).

By anonymous• 8 years 4 months ago.


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