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Race previews Amman International Marathon

04 July 2023, 3pm

Run Jordan having lasting impact on running culture

A race on the rise

Amman International Marathon
Fri 13 October 2023

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In the heart of Amman, the capital city of Jordan, a non-governmental organisation named Run Jordan is bringing together people of all ages and backgrounds to participate in long-distance races.

The organisation’s mission is to promote competitive running among Jordanians and to raise awareness and resources for important causes in the country. The Amman International Marathon is the primary focus of the organisation.

The Amman International Marathon is a highly anticipated national and international event that caters to all individuals regardless of age or level of performance. The marathon offers a variety of races including the 42.2km Individual Marathon, the 42.2km Marathon Relay, the 21.1km Half Marathon, and a 10km Fun Run. In addition, a special short distance race for children and a race for individuals with special needs and impairments are also included in the programme.

One of the standout features of the Amman International Marathon is the opportunity for participants to walk and jog through the charming streets of Amman – including the downtown area which is closed off to cars for just this one day every year. The event culminates in an awards ceremony at the historic Roman Amphitheatre in downtown Amman, providing a truly unforgettable experience for all.

Run Jordan also organises competitive races of various distances, ranging from 5km and 10km runs to half-marathon and ultra-marathon events. These races are designed to promote leisure running in general and are accessible to people of all ages and abilities.

For young people long-distance races can be particularly beneficial, helping to instil the values of goal setting, self-discipline, preparation, resilience, and sportsmanship. The Amman International Marathon is an excellent opportunity for young people to develop these values while participating in an activity they enjoy.

The Amman International Marathon not only promotes running, but also Jordan as a whole and its rich cultural heritage as a major tourism destination for international runners. The event has helped Jordan to establish itself as an international sporting destination by allowing both Jordanian and international running champions to compete in the races and to improve their times and competitiveness.

Run Jordan’s investment in a dedicated timing system for the Amman International Marathon has improved the race experience for all runners by enabling participants to receive results instantly and with the utmost accuracy. Costs have been reduced by introducing the management of this system to a selected group of volunteers and race directors.

Amman International Marathon aims to use running events to promote causes that are relevant to wide segments of Jordanian society, including public health, social development, disability, and environmental protection. As part of its broader objectives Run Jordan will continue to raise awareness, cash, and resources for these essential causes by organising the Amman International Marathon on an annual basis.

To raise the spirit of competitiveness, Run Jordan’s board of directors, under the guidance of HRH Prince Firas Bin Ra’ad, decided in 2022 to honour the first five finishers in Amman International Marathon instead of the first three. The organisation’s long-term partners, the Public Security Directorate and the Greater Amman Municipality, have been crucial in helping to organise and promote the events. It is worth noting that HRH Prince Firas Bin Ra’ad himself takes part in the Amman International Marathon.

With race numbers on the rise Run Jordan’s management is conscientious in measuring the race routes regularly to ensure that they meet the standards of World Athletics and AIMS. As Run Jordan continues to grow and promote racing culture in Jordan, it is sure to have a lasting impact on the sport and the country as a whole.

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