Edit: Race is underway. English Live stream here.
some people are having trouble with that one. Arabic stream here:
Streaming and results here:
The 2018 Dubai Marathon race is Thursday night at 9 pm ET (Friday morning in Dubai). Given the fact that the winner picks up the biggest first place check in our entire sport, it should be fascinating as usual.
We break down the men's race for you here.
Tamira Tola, the defending champ and Olympic bronze medallist at 10,000, is the favorite but he'll face five other sub-2:07 guys in the field plus four really interesting debutantes: Yenew Alamirew (12:48/27:19 track pbs), Birhanu Legese (59:20 to win New Delhi Half Marathon in November), Leul Gebresilase (59:18 HM), and Fikadu Haftu (59:22).
Who do you think will win? Tell us below. We'll make our official prediction ourselves in this thread before the race starts.
[i] Update: Women's preview is up as well. The women's race might be even more loaded than the men's. [/u]
The women’s race in Dubai this year race boasts two sub-2:20 women and a total of six who have run under 2:23 including Worknesh Degefa, who won here in her debut a year ago, three-time champion Aselefech Mergia (2:19:31 pb), and 2015 world champ/2016 Olympic medalist Mare Dibaba (2:19:31). The field also boasts super talented debutantes Gelete Burka (10k silver at 2015 Worlds) and 22-year old Senbere Teferi (5k silver at 2015 Worlds, 14:29 pb) as well as 67:26 half marathoner Netsanet Gudeta (bronze at 2015 World XC, 2:29 in her debut marathon). I guess we shouldn't leave out Jordan Hasay slayer Dera Dida, 21, who has only one half marathon result to her name (68:06 in Houston last year) but in that race, she ran 34 seconds faster than Jordan Hasay (who was also making her half debut and who wound up being pretty good at the marathon).