How to watch the 2020 Dubai Marathon

Tune in tonight for what is sure to be an exciting race, with great depth on both sides

January 23rd, 2020 by | Posted in Runs & Races | Tags: , , , ,

The 2020 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon takes place tonight 9 p.m. ET (6 a.m. Friday local time) in Dubai, UAE, and LetsRun.com will be live-streaming the race.

With a generous prize purse of $100,000 for the winners (though that is less than half what it has been in the past), Dubai attracts a deep field of international elites on both the men’s and women’s sides, with 2019 Boston Marathon winner Worknesh Degefa of Ethiopia returning tonight. (She was second last year, in 2:17:41, won her marathon debut there in 2017, and finished fourth in 2018.) Five other women with personal bests under 2:24, all of them from Ethiopia, will toe the line tonight in Dubai.

Eric Kiptanui (centre front) and others pacing Eliud Kipchoge at INEOS 1:59 Challenge in 2019. Photo: Jon Super

The men’s race will see 2018 Berlin and 2019 Barcelona Half-Marathon champion Eric Kiptanui’s marathon debut after pacing Eliud Kipchoge to both his fourth London Marathon win and his 1:59 performance in Vienna in 2019. Kiptanui is up against four Ethiopians also making their marathon debuts, and no fewer than 11 men with sub-2:08 PBs, including Solomon Deksisa (who won both Hamburg and Mumbai in 2018 and was second at Amsterdam in 2019) and Japanese national marathon record-holder Suguru Osako, though according to LetsRun he is only planning to run 20 to 25K at Dubai, since he’s racing Tokyo on February 29. Kiptanui’s half-marathon PB is 58:42, the seventh-fastest time ever recorded.

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It will be interesting to see whether the course records fall again this year, which the women’s has for two years and the men’s for three years in a row, which most attribute to the rise of the Nike carbon-plated shoes.

Watch the Dubai Marathon tonight at 9 p.m. ET here.