More than 1,500 people have registered for this year’s Ooredoo Marathon, taking place on Friday 10 January 2014.

This year registrations have increased by  25% – Ooredoo is also expecting a significant crowd of supporters to watch the range of races taking place on the day.

Races will begin at 7 am from the Museum of Islamic Art Park, and some roads leading to the Park will be closed to traffic from 6.30 am. The event features four courses in total, including a 10 km run, half-marathon, full marathon and a special children’s 1 km fun run.

All funds raised by entry fees are being donated to support Reach Out To Asia’s efforts around the world.

Ooredoo is encouraging supporters to attend the event, with a range of food stalls and activities available. Spectators are requested to gather at the walkway at the Museum of Islamic Art Park, which will serve as the starting line for the races. Alternatively, they can watch at one of the many checkpoints lining the route.

The time to beat for last year’s competition is an impressive 01:10:46 for the men’s half marathon and 01:26:56 for the women’s. This is the first year Ooredoo have supported a full marathon course, and strong competition is expected.

Prizes will be awarded on the day to the best runners in a range of categories, based on age and gender.

Ooredoo is making sure the Marathon is as safe and prepared as possible and will provide runners with water and any necessary minor first aid during the race.

For more information, visit the Ooredoo website page.