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Will Claye – Wee Hours Music Video

 Fresh off participating in this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, hip-hop artist and Olympic medalist Will Claye releases the stunning visual for his single, “Wee Hours,” out now via Red Bull Records. Written by Claye, “Wee Hours” was produced by Grammy-winning songwriter and producer DJ Khalil, best known for his work with Jay-Z, Kanye West, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and more. 

The strength of “Wee Hours” lies in Claye‘s introspective and poignant lyrics, which he delivers with a West Coast-influenced flair. The cinematic music video companion echoes this, drawing inspiration from his own experiences. “I wanted to speak for people whose voices have been suppressed,” says Claye. “I want to inspire my people and show them that even through all the horrific things we have gone through as a people, we can make it through and rise above it all.”

Adorned in his Olympic medals amidst a field of sunflowers, the visual cuts back and forth between Claye and a younger version of himself. Set in the orange-hued glow of his family’s home, the video shows young Will as he goes through the motions of his day. The video soon takes a darker tone, as Will steps outside and witnesses a police officer chase a Black man onto his yard. As the officer moves to pull out his gun, the man is saved by three guardian angels driving by, as the video closes with the powerful message of “our angels are always watching over us.”

The release of “Wee Hours” follows the debut of Elevate, the documentary from Red Bull. The short film follows Claye as he trains for the Olympics and records new music, working to make his mark on the world. As his moment in the spotlight parallels a cultural boiling point surrounding racial injustice, Claye seeks to use his voice to inspire his community’s youth, serving as a positive role model for the next generation. Watch HERE.

About Will Claye

Three-time Olympic medalist Will Claye started his path as a world-class athlete. By way of track and field, he was able to move into starting his brand ELEVATE, music and philanthropy. Will’s brand grew largely at the London Games in 2012, where he earned a bronze medal in the long jump and a silver medal in the triple jump to become the first man since 1936 and the first American since 1904 to obtain medals in both events. The Phoenix, AZ native of Sierra Leone-descent solidified himself as the #3 triple jumper of all time in 2019 and at the same time released an EP, WEST SIDE STORY, and single “TMS.” 

The catalyst for Will’s music career came from artist YG inviting him to the studio and the pair creating IDGAF, what is now known as a classic West Coast record. From there, Will began to create his own lane and his own sound, taking inspiration from Bob Marley, Andre 3000, Snoop Dogg, DJ Quick, Pharrell, Jay Z, Nipsey Hussle, Kendrick Lamar, and Nate Dogg. With a wide array of influences, Will has created a sound that is eclectic and diverse, based on how he is feeling and what is going on in life. He is a rare combination of talent and genuine humility, recognizing that he can use his status as an artist and professional athlete to help others.

Interview with Dean Karnazes

Dean Carnazes is a marathon runner known for serious feats of endurance. He recently wrote a book, Runner’s High: A Life in Motion, about running and his experience as a marathon runner. I got the chance to speak with Dean about his marathon career and Runner’s High.

What was your favorite experience while running?

While I was running across the country—from LA to NYC—I got a call from the White House saying that Michelle Obama wanted me to stop in to say hi. Prank call was my first reaction. But it was real. I’ll never forget running down the hallway of the White House and out to the South Lawn to meet with the first lady. She welcomed me with a hug and said, “It’s such an honor to meet you.” I’m not making this up. 

What is your favorite part of the marathon experience?

The pain and the struggle. You remember the joyful moments, but the tough moments leave a more indelible imprint. 

Do you have a marathon that you particularly liked?

How long is the interview? (laughter) I’ve run hundreds of marathons and each is memorable in it’s own way. I once ran 50 marathons, in all 50 states, in 50 consecutive days. That experience in its totality was quite extraordinary.

Do you have a favorite place to run?

Greece. I’m 100% Greek and Greece is the birthplace of the marathon. It doesn’t get more real than that.

What athletes do you particularly admire?

The back of the packers struggling to reach the finish line before the cutoff. Sure, I admire the elite, but watching the last place finisher is more inspiring. 

I’ve been in a 2-week quarantine in a hotel in Sydney in preparation for this crazy 1,000-mile run across Australia, so I’ve been watching a lot of the Tokyo Olympics. In fact, I’ve probably watched more television in the past two weeks than I’ve watched in the past two years! 

Are there any Olympic athletes, in the most recent Tokyo Olympics, that you were particularly impressed by?

So many of the athletes impress me. But I think what impressed me the most this Olympics’ was Simone Biles withdrawal because of mental health concerns. She is such a dominant force but she became very human in showing her vulnerability.

How do you feel about energy drinks and other products that may change/enhance athletes’ performance?

Athletes will always seek anything that can provide an edge. So long as it is not a banned substance, I’m okay with it.

What, in your opinion, is your biggest accomplishment as a runner?

The fact that I am still just as passionate about running as I was when I first started. The stoke is still there after all these years.  

What was it like to write a book about something you’re so passionate about like running?

To capture my authentic running voice, I do a lot of writing while I run (by dictating into my phone). People say I truthfully capture the essence of running in my writing, and that’s because at a time when I’m experiencing the thoughts, feelings and emotions of a runner I’m taking note. To put that passion into words makes compelling reading. 

Are you happy with the way people have spoken about your book thus far?

I got an email from a gentleman this morning who said he had intended to read a couple chapters of my book last night before going to bed. Five hours later he finished the book, he told me. Then, he said, he got up. He just had to go on a run.

Yes, I’m happy with the way people have spoken about my book. That message says it all.

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Sha’Carri Richardson Faces Olympics Suspension

By: Emily Bunn

American sprinter, Sha’Carri Richardson, has been suspended from the Olympics for one month.

Sha’Carri Richardson has recently been drug tested and found positive for marijuana usage. As such, she faces a one month suspension from the Olympics- threatening the sensational sprinter’s involvement in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. Her suspension is set to begin June 28th, 2021.

The New York Times reports that the timing of this suspension could clear Richardson in time to run in the 4×100 meter relay, which takes place later in the games. However, Richardson is set to miss the qualifying rounds for the women’s 100.

Richardson has recently reveled in victory at last month’s 100-meter race at the U.S. track and field trials in Oregon. However, while in Oregon, the Olympian was also dealing with unexpected death of her mother. Not only was this news devastating, but Richardson found out about the very personal circumstance from a reporter.

As a means of coping with the harrowing tragedy, Richardson admitted to her marijuana usage. She stated: “It sent me into a state of emotional panic…I didn’t know how to control my emotions or deal with my emotions during that time.” It should be notes that in Oregon, the use of recreational marijuana has been legalized.

Cannabis is still among the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee ruling of prohibited substances. The famed athlete apologized to her family, friends, and sponsors for her drug usage: “I greatly apologize if I let you guys down, and I did.”

As a result of Richardson’s suspension, several top runners have been bumped up in their rank positioning. Jenna Prandini is now set to be one of the three American Olympians involved in the women’s 100. Additionally, Gabby Thomas now stands as an alternative athlete for the same race.

Commenting to the Today Show on the situation, Richardson pleaded for spectators to recognize their shared humanity: “I just say, don’t judge me and I am human — I’m you, I just happen to run a little faster.

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Lux launches Born This Way Campaign

Unilever beauty brand, Lux, has voiced its support for renowned South African Olympic gold medalist, Caster Semenya. This comes off the back of her fight against the World Athletics board to be allowed to compete in the 800m race in the upcoming 2021 Olympics. Semenya has a genetic condition known as hyperandrogenism which means she produces a higher-than-normal level of testosterone. Even though she was born this way, new legislation by World Athletics in 2018 has led to her being disallowed from defending her gold medal at this year’s Tokyo Olympic Games.

The new Lux campaign titled “Born This Way” and created by WPP’s Wunderman Thompson, is part of a broader global initiative in which the brand has pledged to inspire 50 million women by 2025 using content, partnerships and activations to help them rise above everyday sexist judgements and express their beauty and femininity unapologetically. 

An emotive video by Wunderman Thompson, featuring an animated Semenya, is being widely shared on social media, with a message from Lux on how it believes no woman should be judged for how they look, ending with the words, Lux stands for Caster. Lux stands for all women.

Speaking on behalf of Lux, Severine Vauleon, Global Vice President said, “I am passionate about brands’ ability to make a positive impact in people’s lives by leveraging their scale to drive positive change in the world. Working for a beauty brand like Lux, it pains me that in this day and age, women still constantly get judged for how they look and choose to express their femininity. So I am proud to say that Lux stands with Caster. She is an example and an inspiration for women everywhere, to rise above the judgements of others and express their beauty fully and authentically. At Lux, we believe that beauty should be a source of strength rather than a source of judgement.”

On March 9, 2021, Unilever launched a new Positive Beauty vision and strategy globally which aims to champion a new era of beauty which is equitable and inclusive. This mission echoes Lux’s support for Semenya. Lux seeks to inspire women to confidently embrace their beauty and appearance as their own, as opposed to it being dependent on the opinion of others thus making their interpretation of their beauty their strength.

It was with this in mind that Lux decided to donate its brand voice through paid advertising on social channels and other media in support of Caster. Alongside that, the South African Parliament has joined the African Human Rights Commission and other institutions to help Semenya in her fight for justice and equality. The South Africa Parliament passed a Motion Without Notice, condemning the actions of World Athletics against Ms. Semenya as an “injustice and violation of human rights.” Parliament also resolved to do everything in its power to assist Ms Semenya in her fight.

“It makes me very happy to see brands like Lux who fearlessly stand on the side of what is right,” says Semenya. “My case is but one amongst many experiences that can be heard and felt by women all over the world. My team will continue to fight the good fight. Like I have always said this fight is not about me. It’s about the future. Those talented up-and-coming athletes who are going to face the same discrimination. I have to make sure that I can honestly say, I did my bit. We all need to continue doing what’s right in fighting for justice. And with the campaign my team has been working on, I am certain we will bring light to such issues beyond my case. I encourage everyone to unapologetically claim who they are and never waiver, no matter what society says. Thank you to my fellow South African’s who have stood by me through this journey. I will not cower.”

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Christine Englehardt

Christine Englehardt

Christine Englehardt: Marathon runner. Nursing student. An animal lover. Manager of Jules Thin Crust. A daughter and a friend with a laugh that lit up a room. Much like many other young people, Christine traveled to Miami Beach for Spring Break, looking forward to a relaxing vacation. Unfortunately, she traveled alone to The Magic City and was met with an unforgivable turn of events.

Christine was just 24 years old when Dorian Taylor and Evoire Collier drugged and brutally raped her on March 18, 2021. Miami Harold stated Christine was left for dead while her rapists stole her phone and credit cards before heading out to continue their night of partying. Christine was later found dead inside of her hotel room. Miami-Dade Medical Examiner is determining her cause of death.

Taylor and Collier continued to make purchases with Christine’s credit cards while Taylor was found with her phone days later. Miami Beach Detectives were able to track the men down with help from the hotel’s surveillance footage.

Vigil for Christine Englehardt

Please join us in honor of Christine Englehardtwho tragically lost her life this week. Residents of Miami Beach stand with the family of Christine Englehardt and vow for justice and these crimes to come to an end.

We’d like to invite everyone to a vigil at the Albion Hotel, located at 1650 James Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139, in her honor at 5 PM this Friday, March 26, 2021.


South Florida People of Color Organization and Miami Beach City Officials will be in attendance. There will be a special performance by Maryel Epps.

A GoFundMe has been set up in Christine’s honor. If you wish to pay your respects, Christine’s Facebook is located here.

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Kwasi Kessie

Adidas X Kwasi Kessie

Today, Adidas announced their first limited-edition headphone release in collaboration with Kwasi Kessie, celebrity stylist and Adidas Runners Captain.

The headphones are a reimagining of the popular RPT-01 sport headphones, inspired by Kessie’s admiration for his home city and its ability to get through whatever comes its way. Kessie was particularly moved by the recent sentiment that “New York is over” and teamed up with adidas Headphones to celebrate the city’s kinetic energy and beating heart at a time when people are questioning it.

The adidas x Kwasi Kessie headphones are the first limited-edition release of adidas Headphones. They are customized by hand, featuring premium blue and black leather snakeskin along the headband, a gold plated “Never On Pause” chain, housed securely in a safe that is disguised as a runner’s journal. The leather snakeskin is a nod to the malleable and fashionable nature of New York City and the adidas x Kwasi Kessie Speedfactory AM4 collaboration.

Only 50 pairs have been made. Consumers can enter to win a pair using the adidas Running app and running Kwasi Kessie’s favorite route, looping through the streets of SoHo and the downtown waterfront through December 22nd, sharing on social media. Full details and additional ways to win outside of NYC are available on adidas Headphone’s Instagram here.

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Holiday Gift Guide

The team at 360 MAGAZINE has curated a list of their favorite products and we’ve put them into a Holiday Gift Guide made just for you. We know 2020 hasn’t been easy on anyone so this holiday season is the best time to show those one’s you love how much they mean to you with a personal gift. Perfect as a stocking stuffer or the big gift, these items are sure to be special for your friends and family.  

Check out our favorites below from watches to clothing to everything in between. 

LIDS x TREVOR BAUER

All-star Cincinnati Reds pitcher and 2020 Cy Young Award finalist Trevor Bauer has partnered with Lids, the leading sports retailer.

In the 25-year history of Lids, Bauer is the first MLB player to partner with the company. Lids will become the exclusive headwear retailer for Bauer.

Bauer caught attention for his personal merchandise and custom cleats during the 2020 baseball season, and he will unveil several limited-edition custom hats, shirts and customizations throughout the year, all of which will be available nationwide.

Bauer is Lids first ever MLB Brand Ambassador.

Trevor Bauer Favorite Lids Duke Blue Devils Hat $24.99

PUMA CLYDE ALL-PRO

PUMA announced the newest addition to the Clyde Franchise Monday with its brand new Clyde All-Pro, a basketball silhouette taking style and performance to the next level.

The Clyde Franchise is inspired by shoes worn by Walt “Clyde” Frazier on the basketball court in the 1970s but with a twist: they have all of the technology and performance of today.

The shoe is perfect for on-court training and has ProFoam+ for stability and cushioning. It also uses Matryx material, which is lightweight and durable, for support.

PUMA Clyde All-Pro$130

G-SHOCK GM110NE-1A

The GM110NE-1A is a celebration of New Era’s 100th anniversary and includes the classic headwear brand’s flag logo at the 3 o’clock position on the watch’s face.The gold accents work in conjunction with an engraved gold IP case back that features inscriptions reading “100 1920-2020,” a tribute to New Era’s long and storied history.

While carrying the design of the G-SHOCK GM110, the GM110NE-1A has a dark gray metal-forged and polished IP bezel. The GM110NE-1A also comes with two bands.

One is a black cloth band lined with green, similar to New Era’s famous 59FIFTY hat. It also has a gold buckle and band keepers on the underside, a nod to the sought after 59FIFTY cap, gold buckle, band keepers, an embroidered New Era logo and a gold-speckled back. The other is a gold-speckled black urethane band with a stainless-steel keeper.

G-SHOCK GM110NE-1A – $340

BREITLING PREMIER SPECIAL EDITION AB01186A1G1P1 EXCLUSIVE

The Breitling Premier Special Edition combines purpose with style, delivering quality, performance, and timeless design in a distinct new color combination, with the Watches of Switzerland Group logo, inscribed onto the transparent case back. This new Special Edition is a chronograph with a commitment to everyday elegance, worthy of the legacies of both companies.

The partnership is one of a series of unique collaborations the company has rolled out in 2020 aimed at continuing to provide compelling activations for both Watches of Switzerland and MAYORS customers.

The watch features a sleek blue band made of alligator leather, that meets at a striking silver dial. The subdials compliment the band shining in blue: a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock and a small-second sub-dial at 9 o’clock.

Each watch purchased comes accompanied by an exclusive certificate signed by Georges Kern, Breitling CEO and Brian Duffy, the Watches of Switzerland Group CEO.

Premier Special Edition AB01186A1G1P1 Exclusive$8,400

NOBIS X SERGE IBAKA

Premium Canadian outerwear brand Nobis launched its first capsule collection designed in collaboration with Toronto Raptors centre and NBA champion Serge Ibaka. Known for his #BigScarfEnergy, Ibaka teamed up with Nobis to help create a genderless collection that features nine limited-edition pieces, including a parka, anorak, bomber jacket, vests, hats and, of course, scarves.

The collection ranges in price from $50 to $850 and each piece is home launderable. Nobis fans can expect the same premium quality, style elements and technical components: The genderless hooded anorak features a modern high-low cut and front pouch, while both the anorak and bomber jacket have a water-repellent nylon shell and breathable Primaloft insulation for fast-drying warmth.

The collection’s parka is crafted from Nobis’ patented membrane lamination, seam-sealed construction and insulated with Canadian origin white duck down. The lightweight tactical vest, with multiple exterior pockets, is windproof and breathable – ideal for transitional weather and mild winter days. Reflective trims and iridescent logos on most pieces provide an accent to the neutral palette, in addition to visibility after dark. Accessories have been given the same attention to detail, with options such as a solid nylon ripstop bucket hat that’s reversible to Nobis’ signature printed polyester crosshatch, featuring a tonal “S” logo on the front and an iridescent limited-edition collection label on the back. It reverses to reveal a camouflage print and Serge’s signature “Mafuzzy” catchphrase on the rim.

Nobis x Serge Ibaka Collection$50-$850

OAKLEY SUTRO LITE

Building off the success of Oakley’s Sutro frame, this new piece of performance eyewear features a semi-rimless design and is now a pared-down version for the cyclist that prefers a more sleek design.

Inspired by the daily life of urban cyclists, Sutro Lite is a semi-rimless version of the Sutro frame shape, featuring a high-wrap shield. The lightweight design results in a bold, versatile look that protects from the elements and enhances vision with Prizm Lens Technology. An Unobtainium temple featuring ridged texture provides improved retention so the frame never loses grip, even during the most intense rides.

Oakley Sutro Lite$123.20

CELLIANT PERFORMANCE SHEETS FROM SLEEPLETICS

There’s nothing better than waking up refreshed and ready for a vigorous workout. Celliant Performance Sheets from Sleepletics are designed to help you get a restful sleep and prime you for high performance. They’re a combination of premium long-staple cotton and Celliantmineral-infused yarns. Celliant minerals convert your body heat into infrared light, returning it back to your body’s muscle and tissue in a safe and natural way.

This improves local circulation, making more oxygen available to your cells. This increase in local circulation and oxygen means you sleep better, recover faster and perform better during the day. They’re an FDA-determined General Wellness Product. 

Celliant Performance Sheetsstarting at $114

KIDROBOT X JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT FACES DUNNY ART FIGURE SERIES 2

Kidrobot x Jean-Michel Basquiat  Faces Dunny Art Figure Series 2

Continuing our celebration of inspirational artists of the 20th century, Kidrobot brings art to life with the second collectible 3-inch tall Dunny art figure series featuring the art of Jean-Michel Basquiat. In collaboration with the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kidrobot presents the Jean-Michel Basquiat Faces Dunny Art Figure Series 2 focusing primarily on the “faces” in Basquiat’s works.

Each premium quality vinyl Dunny art figure in this series depicts a face or imagery from one of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s most iconic paintings throughout his short but prolific art career. Each figure is packaged in a sealed security foil bag and a blind box to preserve the rarity and collectability of the collection. This blind box series features 13 individual art figures to hunt down.

Jean-Michel Basquiat Faces Dunny Art Figure Series 2 – starting at $11.99

SAN DIABLO ARTISAN CHURRO SIGNATURE CHURO MAKER

SAN DIABLO ARTISAN CHURROS RELEASES SIGNATURE CHURRO MAKER

San Diablo Artisan Churros (San Diablo), the only nationwide purveyor of gourmet fresh filled churros that delivers deep-fried happiness on demand, announces the San Diablo Churro Maker. Also known as an extruder, the Churro Maker is the all-in-one tool for churro lovers to make and customize their perfect churro. The product comes with nine differently-shaped nozzles, including the San Diablo Signature Hollow Churro nozzle to make churros that can be filled with decadent sauces, creams and jams.

The Churro Maker is a hard plastic kitchen gadget that functions much like a baker’s piping bag: load churro dough into the maker and then push the dough through the nozzle. The kit offers links to delicious, easy-to-follow recipes for “heaven sent, wicked good” dough and fillings.

San Diablo Churro Maker– $23.99

DYU SMART BIKE

DYU SMART BIKE

DYU smart e-bike weighs only 18kg (39lbs), even lighter than many electric scooters, the folding shape takes only 1-meter space (39 inches). This size makes it easy to put it in the car boot and send it as a gift. Besides, it’s also very friendly and safe for old and kid.

The e-bike frame material is made of aluminum alloy which is durable and lightweight. Meanwhile, a high-end UL certificated safe battery is inside the e-bike. Front and rear double disc brakes ensure your riding safety. Ride frequently for at least 1 year without any problem.

DYU Smart E-Bike inquire for price

CORNET BARCELONA’S STEMLESS WINE GLASSES

The perfect gift for the sommelier aspirant in your life are Cornet Barcelona’s handcrafted, one-of-a-kind Sagrada stemless wine glasses. Each piece is mouth-blown and masterfully shaped by seasoned artists of the craft using Roman techniques. After being crafted to the ideal shape, each glass is  hand-painted with unparalleled attention to detail. The result is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece with a mesmerizing kaleidoscope of rich color inspired by the stained-glass windows of the Sagrada Familia Basilica (in Barcelona, Spain). Perfect for small get togethers and celebrations this holiday season!

Stemless Glasses$26 each, available in sets

360 x INTEGRITY BOTTLES

To ring in the holiday season, 360 Magazine launched its very own collection of bottles, stemware, and glasses in collaboration with Integrity Bottles. The bottles are sand-carved by hand with the 360 logo, painted, and etched with our trademark in either deep etch (no color), silver, or gold. The collection features seven products. Use the code “360MAG20” for 20% of your first purchase of glassware from the 360 Magazine collection. Also, the code “GIVEBACK” will save you 5% on a separate order, not limited to the 360 Magazine collection.

Decanters, Glasses & More – Varying prices starting at $19.99

Adidas x Kwasi Kessie Headphones

Adidas x Kwasi Kessie Headphones

The Adidas x Kwasi Kessie limited edition headphones were recently released as a collaboration between Adidas and Kwasi Kessie. Only 50 pairs have been made and must be won by downloading the Adidas running app and running Kwasi Nessie’s favorite route. Users should share their run on this New York route to social media through December 22nd. These exclusive headphones reimagine the popular RPT-01 sport headphones and are the first limited edition headphones released by Adidas. All 50 pairs have been customized by hand and feature black and blue leather snakeskin along the headband. If you aren’t lucky enough to snag one of the 50 limited-edition pairs, the wireless, Bluetooth RPT-01 model is still a great gift option for this season. They are available in coral, black and grey and are the perfect gift for any athlete, runner or music lover.

RPT-01 Sport on Ear – On sale for $99 

Sperry Men’s Avenue Wool Duck boot

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These Sperry Duck boots encompass both fashion and functionality. Although Sperry is known for their summer boat shoes, these boots are a staple for anyone that wants to brace the cold this holiday season. Many of the Sperry boots are on sale now on the Sperry website. With styles made for men, women and kids, these boots are a perfect gift for the whole family. The Men’s Avenue Wool Duck boot is made with premium wool to keep your feet warm. Sperry Duck boots are of course waterproof to protect against rain and snow. These are perfect gift for anyone that loves the outdoors, or that want to protect their feet from the elements. 

Sperry Men’s Avenue Wool Duck boot – On sale for $81.99 

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POWERFUL ELITE FIELD GROWS

FOR STANDARD CHARTERED DUBAI MARATHON

Fastest-Ever Ethiopian Woman Worknesh Degefa Confirmed in Line-up

A powerful field of elite athletes from the hotbeds of African distance running will come together for the first major international marathon of the new year when the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon is staged on January 24.

Soloman Deksisa (2:04:40) and Seifu Tura (2:04:44) of Ethiopia lead the men’s field, while former winner Worknesh Degefa (2:17:41) and Alemu Megertu (2:21:10) – also from Ethiopia – will head up the women’s elite division when Dubai hosts many of the best marathon runners in the world for the 21st time.

With a world-class personal best of 2:04:40, 25-year-old Deksisa is the fastest athlete in the start list. Despite his relatively young age the talented Ethiopian has built up plenty of experience at the marathon distance after a brief track career.

At the age of just 20, he won the San Diego Half Marathon with a personal best of 60:12, while less than two years later he moved up to the marathon and ran an impressive debut in Rotterdam where he finished second in 2:06:22. Since then he has fully focussed on the 42.195km distance and claimed his first marathon victory in Mumbai in 2018 before winning again in Hamburg a few months later. He capped his best year so far in Amsterdam with a marathon personal best of 2:04:40 that is just one minute outside the Dubai course record set in 2019 by Getaneh Molla.

Deksisa’s compatriot Tura is another of Ethiopia’s crop of rising stars who made an impressive marathon debut with a solid second place in 2:09:26 in Seoul in 2017. Still just 22, Tura enjoyed his best day at the 2018 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon when he took full advantage of the renowned fast course to carve a big slice off his personal best, improving by over four minutes to run 2:04:44 for seventh. The young Ethiopian has also sealed marathon wins in Milan and Shanghai, while setting a Half Marathon personal best of 59:17 in Buenos Aires in August.

In the women’s field, Worknesh Degefa – Ethiopia’s fastest female marathon runner of all time – will start as red-hot favourite thanks to an enviable record running the flat and fast streets of Dubai.

In 2017, the diminutive 29-year-old stunned an experienced field by winning in Dubai on what was her marathon debut. A year later, she broke the 2:20 mark for the first time but had to settle for fourth, while last year saw her finish second in Dubai in a remarkable time of 2:17:41. Not only did Degefa smash the Ethiopian record by 15 seconds, she also set what is now the fifth fastest time in women’s marathon history.

Held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and under the aegis of the Dubai Sports Council, the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon will be the first major sporting event in what is a historic year for the city with some 30,000 runners expected across three races.

As well as the classic marathon distance, runners of all abilities can still register for the associated 10km Road Race and 4km Fun Run at the official website for the Middle East’s first and only IAAF Gold Label Marathon at www.dubaimarathon.org.

In addition to Standard Chartered as title sponsor, the Dubai Marathon is supported by the Dubai Sports Council, adidas, Dubai Holding, Masafi, Channel 4 Radio Network, Dubai Municipality, Dubai Police and the RTA.

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DUBAI MARATHON

ALL EYES ON STANDARD CHARTERED DUBAI MARATHON AFTER FORMER WINNERS ARE CROWNED “WORLD’S BEST”

Following the crowning of Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon winners Lelisa Desisa and Ruth Chepngetich as Marathon Runners of the Year, all eyes will now turn to the 21st staging of the Middle East’s premier marathon on January 24 and the potential emergence of new running talent.

The 2019 ‘Best Marathon Runner’ award was made to both Desisa and Chepngetich by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) at the end of a year that saw them both add Marathon World Championship titles to their already impressive CVs.

But it was on the flat and fast streets of Dubai that Desisa of Ethiopia and Kenya’s rising star Chepngetich first made their marks in the record books – just two of a growing number of world-class distance runners to launch their careers in the emirate.

Making his marathon debut in Dubai in 2013, Desisa won in 2.04.45, while in January 2019 the diminutive Chepngetich produced one of the best women’s performances of all time as she stormed to victory in 2:17:08, now the fourth fastest in history.

“Over the past ten years or so, the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon has consistently produced race winning times that rival and often exceed the Marathon Majors,” said Event Director Peter Connerton.

“The city is now firmly recognised as hosting one of the fastest routes in world athletics. Established elite athletes as well as up-and-coming runners are always keen to take part in what is the first major event of the new year. With the benign weather conditions, excellent road surfaces and a flat course, the athletes know they can target a personal best and even a new course record in Dubai.”

While the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon has been held in various parts of the city – with race routes that have included both the Sheikh Zayed Road and Downtown Dubai – in recent years the race has settled on a home stretching out along the city’s Jumeirah Beach Road in the west with a finish in the shadow of the seven-star Burj Al Arab Hotel.

Held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, the 2020 event is expected to see more than 30,000 runners sign up to take part.

 The race – the 21st in the event’s history – will again see the runners compete in the same location with competitors spread across three races, namely a 4km Fun Run, the hugely-popular 10km and the traditional Marathon distance itself.

Entries are already building up as runners from home and abroad get set for the biggest mass participation sporting event in the region. Runners looking to sign up and take part in any of the three categories can do so online at www.dubaimarathon.org

In addition to Standard Chartered as title sponsor, the Dubai Marathon is supported by the Dubai Sports Council, adidas, Dubai Holding, Dubai Municipality, Dubai Police and the RTA.