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Riyadh Marathon to incorporate newly-constructed Kingdom Arena

Riyadh Marathon to incorporate newly-constructed Kingdom Arena
February 5, 2024

The Saudi Sports for All Federation (SFA) has announced that the Riyadh Marathon will have its start and finish point on Imam Saud bin Faisal Road, opposite the newly-constructed Kingdom Arena. taking place on 10th February.

In the few months since it opened, Riyadh’s Kingdom Arena, a covered, multi-purpose stadium and one of the largest and newest stadiums in the Middle East, has hosted some of the world’s biggest stars. The 26,000-seat venue in the Hittin neighbourhood of the city was packed out to see Saudi Pro League side Al Hilal play Lionel Messi’s Inter Miami as part of the Riyadh Season Cup football tournament. It was the first time Kingdom Arena – formerly known as Boulevard Hall – hosted an event under its new name.

Taking place on 10th February, the Riyadh Marathon has emerged as one of the country’s most anticipated sporting events.

In 2023, the marathon attracted 15,000 runners from 128 nationalities, with the percentage of Saudi citizens reaching 61.6%. Measurements were also taken in 2023 to certify the marathon as a World Athletics Label Road Race.

Imam Saud bin Faisal Road, opposite Kingdom Arena, will be the start and finish location for the full marathon course (42.2km), the half marathon (21.1km), a 10k for those aged 17 and over, and a 4k run for beginners, families, and children. A ‘Marathon Village’ area will also be set up at Kingdom Arena Square for two days – February 9th-10th – to offer food and beverage stands, entertainment options, and a wide range of fitness and well-being activities.

A 21.1k route has been marked through streets of Riyadh, ready for participants of the half marathon and marathon, taking in key city landmarks, such as Diriyah and Wadi Hanifa – those running 42.2km will circle this twice. Then the 10k route will be in the north of the city, passing Wonder Garden and Boulevard World, with the 4k run filling the gap between this and the larger 21.1k course.

Shaima Saleh Al-Husseini, SFA Managing Director advised “we are pleased to welcome back the Riyadh Marathon, and to be incorporating the city’s newest sporting venue, the Kingdom Arena. We expect this year’s event to be the biggest and best yet, helping us to fulfill our mandate to get more of the Kingdom’s population engaged in physical activity.”

Riyadh Marathon is intended to bring large numbers of people together with a shared interest, making new friends and memories as part of their physical journey. Registration is available via the Riyadh Marathon website and the SFA’s website and app.

Saudi Sports for All Federation (SFA) is a proactive community sport and wellness organisation founded to promote a healthy lifestyle in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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Artist, geoscientist and specialist writer on the leisure industry, Karen Sweaney is Editor and co-founder of Australasian Leisure Management.

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