Organised by Muscat Road Runners in 2012 with 135 competitors, Muscat Marathon has quickly grown to become one of the star events in Oman’s sporting calendar. In 2017, the event became known as the Al Mouj Muscat Marathon with Al Mouj Muscat, Oman’s premier lifestyle destination, Oman Sail and Muscat Road Runners joining forces. A record breaking 1300 runners from 76 nationalities set off from the race village on the full marathon, half marathon and 10kms courses, with superb conditions attracting massive crowds and contributing to a stream of personal bests.
The 2018 edition of the event saw the event receive new, formal recognition of its international status and course standards. Al Mouj Muscat Marathon 2018 welcomed an influx of athletes representing 87 different nationalities, with competitors from India, Britain, the Philippines, France, South Africa and the US arriving to compete. The seventh edition of the event saw 6094 runners competing in six different race categories across a two-day sporting festival.
Compared with 2017 – itself a record-breaking year – entries for the Marathon centrepiece challenge more than doubled to 234, with the number of runners in the Half-marathon and 10km events also dramatically increasing, to 683 and 1,299 athletes respectively.