Race day information

ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon


Abu Dhabi

16th December 2023


6:00 AM


  • 03:30 am parking open

  • 04:30 am race village opens

  • 04:30 am bag drop opens for marathon, relay and 10km runners only

  • 06:00 am Marathon and Marathon Relay start

  • 06:30 am 10KM race start

  • 08:45 am 2.5KM race start

  • 09:30 am 5KM race start

  • 12:15 pm ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon cut off time

Marathon Runners

Start time: 06:00 am

Starting point: King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud St behind ADNOC Tower.

Finish point: ADNOC HQ South Plaza

  • The start line for the marathon and marathon relay is on King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud St behind ADNOC HQ Tower. Finish point: ADNOC HQ South Plaza.

  • All runners have been assigned a starting corral to prevent crowding. Your bib will show your allocated corral, and each will be clearly marked close to the start.

  • All participants will be given a race bib number. To access the start area, you must show your bib which displays your unique number and start area on the front.

  • The race bib is strictly personal and cannot be altered in any way (cut, folded etc). If you transfer your race bib to another person, you will both be disqualified, and your time not registered.

  • The race bib must be applied visibly onto the front of the running shirt (using the pins provided).

  • You will be able to access the start areas from 05:00am. The entrance to the allocated start corrals will be supervised by volunteers who will check your bib to verify that you are entering the sector assigned to you based on your estimated finish time. Latecomers will be asked to start at the back of the group.

  • A gun will signal the start of the race. Wheelchair and elite runners will start first. As each wave ahead of you starts, you will move forward to the start line. Your timing chip will not start to record your time until you pass over the start line.

ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon

the route

The marathon route will start in front of ADNOC HQ, before weaving past a host of the city’s most recognizable landmarks, including Al Bateen Palace, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Qasr Al Hosn, and World Trade Centre Abu Dhabi, concluding at ADNOC HQ South Plaza, where all of our runners can celebrate together in the race village.

The total elevation gain is less than 100 meters and the full route will be on road surface.


Our pacing team will return for the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon 2023. All pacers will be clearly marked by the balloons they are carrying and will display the pace they are following on their shirt.

Pacers will be provided for the following target times:

  • 3 hours 20mins

  • 3 hours 40mins

  • 4 hours

  • 4 hours 30mins

  • 5 hours




  • Al Ain Water

  • Fresh Fruit – Bananas and Oranges

  • Gu Energy Gels

  • Toilets

Medical: Medical support will be available at strategic points throughout the course and at the start and finish lines.

Dropping out: Athletes with an injury or who want to leave the race will be picked up by the “support bus” following the last runners. They will be transported back to the finish area, where they can reclaim their bags.


Marathon Relay Runners

Start time: 06:00 am

Starting point: King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud St behind ADNOC Tower.

Finish point: ADNOC HQ South Plaza

Relay teams are made up of 2 runners.

  • Runner A will complete 22KM and will start from the main start line with the other marathon distance runners.

  • Runner B will complete 20KM and will start at the 22KM mark at the roundabout on Saif Ghobash Street.

  • Runner B will drive to Zayed Sports City and park in the designated area. We suggest you arrive by 06:00am. You will then be directed to the relay handover point by our Marshalls and wait for runner A to arrive. A bag drop facility will be available at the handover point.

  • On completing 22KM, runner A will hand the team bib to runner B at the relay handover point on Saif Ghobash Street.

  • Runner A will collect their medal from the hand over point.

  • Shuttle buses will take runner A’s back to the event village. Shuttle buses will leave when full from 07:30 and the last bus will leave at 09:00.

  • Runner B will collect their medal from the finish line.

  • Shuttle buses will take runner B’s from the bus stop outside the Intercontinental Hotel to the parking at Zayed Sports City once the event is finished. Buses will leave once full between 9:30am and 1pm.

  • All relay teams will be sent an email outlining these plans with the confirmed meeting points.

Relay Runner A and B bib example


The 10KM, 5KM and 2.5KM events will be run on out and back routes starting opposite Al Majlis St Parking Lot in front of Nation Towers on the Corniche and finishing on King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (next to the event village).

10 km

Start time: 06:30 am

2.5 km

Start time: 08:45 am

5 km

Start time: 09:30 am

2.5km BIB example

5km BIB example

10km BIB example


  • 10KM participants: Water will be available at the 5KM point and at the finish.

  • 5KM participants: Water will be available at the halfway point and at the finish

  • 2.5KM participants: Water will be available at the finish.



A bag drop facility will be provided for all participants running in the marathon, relay and 10KM distances. You can only use the official race bag that was given to you by the organisers.

Please be aware that bag drop for the marathon and relay runners will be located next to the marathon and relay start line.
The bag drop for the 10KM runners will be located next to the 10KM start line.

The bag must be marked using the tag provided on the bottom of your bib. You need to tear the strip off your bib and attach it to the bag strap. When you collect your bag, you will be asked to show your bib as proof of ownership.

Clothes and personal items should be place loose inside the bag to facilitate security checks.

Do not leave valuables in the bag. The organisers, any partners or sponsors will not be held liable for any theft or loss of belongings.


Your timing chip is on your race bib. You must wear the bib throughout the race until you cross the finish line. Each athlete will be timed from the start, at the finish and at 5KM points in between.

For each athlete the following times will be calculated:

  • Gun time-from the starters gunshot to crossing the finish line

  • Net time-from passing the start line to crossing the finish line


After crossing the finish line, athletes will find:

  • Finisher’s medal

  • Refreshment stations – Al Ain Water and fruit

  • Bag collection

  • Access to the event village and entertainment

  • Race photos


Final results will be available on our website: www.adnocabudhabimarathon.com

You will be able to download your finishers certificate from the results page


Participants in all events will be awarded a unique ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon 2023 finishers medal.

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