Doha, Qatar, Wednesday 19 June: The world’s first ever midnight marathon is set to light up Doha during the IAAF World Athletics Championships, according to one of the greatest long-distance runners of all time, Paula Radcliffe.
The multiple world champion and marathon world record-holder visited Qatar ahead of the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019, where she heaped praise on the facilities for the competition, and endorsed the marathon course which runs along the coast of the capital city and is set against the mesmerizing skyline of Doha.
In just 100 days, more than 2,000 elite athletes will be joined by coaches, officials and media from across the world for the Championships which will be held in the Middle East for the first time.
The loop route will feature 100 athletes and allow spectators to be close enough to feel part of the marathon, with viewing accessible throughout the course.
Radcliffe said the midnight marathon concept was “really exciting”.
“It’s exciting from a competitor’s point of view because it’s unique and with the best conditions for the athletes. It’s rare that people think about the best conditions for the athletes to race in. That has been done here and it will celebrate the iconic Doha skyline and the way it all lights up along the Corniche at night.
“Athletes can get a good feel for Doha. If it feels good when you’re running a marathon then that can give you a little bit more energy. For spectators to see that backdrop as well is impressive and hopefully we’re going to see some really good performances.
It’s always exciting watching a Championships race because it’s not about time, it’s about tactics and how who makes the right moves in the race and who judges it well.”
IAAF Vice President Dahlan al Hamad, added: “The countdown to this sporting spectacle is underway, with excitement growing as we enter the 100 days countdown.
“The city of Doha has everything in place to ensure a successful Championships for both competitors and spectators in what is going to be a truly memorable event in which thousands of people can attend and make sure they are part of sporting history in the Middle East.”
The ten-day IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 will take place in the impressive Khalifa International Stadium, the pinnacle venue for sporting events in Qatar, which has hosted major football tournaments and key athletics events, including the 2006 Asian Games and IAAF Diamond League meetings.
With a multi-functional purpose, the stadium allows for cooling systems to ensure optimum temperatures for competitors and fans within the venue, whilst external areas will be transformed into a World Athletics Village, with live entertainment and cuisine celebrating cultures throughout the world and catering for fans from more than 100 different countries, who are expected to attend the competition.
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