The Saudi Sports for All Federation (SFA) has revealed details for the first full marathon in Saudi Arabia. The Riyadh Marathon, scheduled for March 5, 2022, will not only bring together sports enthusiasts and encourage all members of society to regularly take part of physical activity, but will also promote the growth of the sports and tourism economies. 

Under the guidance of the Minister of Sport His Royal Highness Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Faisal, the president of the Saudi Sports for All Federation (SFA), His Royal Highness Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud officially announced the Riyadh Marathon 2022, in presence of Assistant to the Minister of Sport Dr. Rajallah Alsolami alongside with Mr. Ahmed Badris, CEO of the Quality of Life Program, and the president of the Saudi Arabian Athletics Federation, Dr. Habeeb Al-Rubayan, and a number of dignitaries and guests and success partners from the media.

The marathon will see runners take on the challenge of the 42-kilometre full marathon course starting from King Saud University and continuing through the city of Riyadh, enabling participants to explore the Saudi capital.  

The Riyadh Marathon 2022 is the first official full marathon in Saudi Arabia. In addition to the full marathon, multiple races will be on offer to allow people of all ages, gender, and athletic abilities to participate. There will be a half marathon (21.1 kilometres) for avid runners, a 10-kilometre race for those aged 17 and above, and a four-kilometre race for beginners and children from all members of society.

HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal Al Saud, Minister of Sport said: “We are happy today to launch the Riyadh Marathon 2022. Through the continuous and unlimited support from our leadership His Majesty Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and His Royal Highness the Crown Prince, Saudi Arabia has been able to become one of the world’s leading sport destinations.”

 “This international event is in line with Saudi Vision 2030 objectives through its Quality of Life Program, which seeks to motivate all members of society to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. We are excited to welcome people from all over the Kingdom and across the world to take part in next year’s inaugural race in our beloved capital.”

 The Ministry of Sport and SFA previously hosted the Riyadh Half-Marathon in February 2018. The event attracted more than 11,000 participants.

 The marathon which is organised by SFA is directly supported by the Ministry of Sport and the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee alongside the direct coordination with the Saudi Arabian Athletics Federation and many success partners to achieve the goals of Saudi Vision 2030 within the Quality of Life program.  

The Kingdom has repeatedly hosted successful local and international sport events and continues to work with experts in the field to further develop the sport sector in the Kingdom. The marathon is one of several initiatives launched by the Saudi Sports for All Federation to activate the population and increasing the percentage of people who regularly engage in physical activities in the Kingdom to 40 per cent by 2030. The SFA contributes to achieving this goal by facilitating and organising sport activities and events, launching awareness campaigns and collaborating with both government and private sector to encourage all members of society in adopting a healthy and active lifestyle.

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