Doha’s midnight marathon poses exciting challenge - Daily Nation

The Doha championship course will feature six laps of seven kilometres each along the iconic Corniche esplanade with the city’s spectacular skyline providing the backdrop.

It’s on this promenade that Qataris celebrate their national holidays and national sports days given its aesthetic appeal.

Doha’s heat means it’s common to have most sports events held at night here, with the most spectacular being MotoGP’s Marlboro Grand Prix of Qatar at the newly-built, $58 million (Sh5.8 billion) Losail International Circuit.

Qatar was the first to host a night MotoGP in 2008 and, 11 years later, will be the inaugural hosts of a night marathon at next year’s IAAF World Championships.

In Hawaii on Sunday, Honolulu Marathon CEO Jim Barahal and his team pulled off another great race where the athletes had to adjust to early timings.

The hotel pick-up was at 3am with elite athletes co-ordinator Patricia Owens mobilising the runners to be at the Ala Moana Beach Park starting line by 3.30am for the 5am start.

These timings meant the athletes had to be meticulous in their warm-ups ahead of the race after an early evening that night which afforded them adequate sleep ahead of the wee hours wake-uON START **/ _sf_async_config.uid = 63208; // ACCOUNT NUMBER _sf_async_config.domain = 'nation.co.ke'; // DOMAIN _sf_async_config.flickerControl = false; _sf_async_config.useCanonical = false; _sf_async_config.useCanonicalDomain = false; /** CONFIGURATION END **/ var _sf_startpt = (new Date()).getTime();

The Doha championship course will feature six laps of seven kilometres each along the iconic Corniche esplanade with the city’s spectacular skyline providing the backdrop.

It’s on this promenade that Qataris celebrate their national holidays and national sports days given its aesthetic appeal.

Doha’s heat means it’s common to have most sports events held at night here, with the most spectacular being MotoGP’s Marlboro Grand Prix of Qatar at the newly-built, $58 million (Sh5.8 billion) Losail International Circuit.

Qatar was the first to host a night MotoGP in 2008 and, 11 years later, will be the inaugural hosts of a night marathon at next year’s IAAF World Championships.

In Hawaii on Sunday, Honolulu Marathon CEO Jim Barahal and his team pulled off another great race where the athletes had to adjust to early timings.

The hotel pick-up was at 3am with elite athletes co-ordinator Patricia Owens mobilising the runners to be at the Ala Moana Beach Park starting line by 3.30am for the 5am start.

These timings meant the athletes had to be meticulous in their warm-ups ahead of the race after an early evening that night which afforded them adequate sleep ahead of the wee hours wake-uON START **/ _sf_async_config.uid = 63208; // ACCOUNT NUMBER _sf_async_config.domain = 'nation.co.ke'; // DOMAIN _sf_async_config.flickerControl = false; _sf_async_config.useCanonical = false; _sf_async_config.useCanonicalDomain = false; /** CONFIGURATION END **/ var _sf_startpt = (new Date()).getTime();

The Doha championship course will feature six laps of seven kilometres each along the iconic Corniche esplanade with the city’s spectacular skyline providing the backdrop.

It’s on this promenade that Qataris celebrate their national holidays and national sports days given its aesthetic appeal.

Doha’s heat means it’s common to have most sports events held at night here, with the most spectacular being MotoGP’s Marlboro Grand Prix of Qatar at the newly-built, $58 million (Sh5.8 billion) Losail International Circuit.

Qatar was the first to host a night MotoGP in 2008 and, 11 years later, will be the inaugural hosts of a night marathon at next year’s IAAF World Championships.

In Hawaii on Sunday, Honolulu Marathon CEO Jim Barahal and his team pulled off another great race where the athletes had to adjust to early timings.

The hotel pick-up was at 3am with elite athletes co-ordinator Patricia Owens mobilising the runners to be at the Ala Moana Beach Park starting line by 3.30am for the 5am start.

These timings meant the athletes had to be meticulous in their warm-ups ahead of the race after an early evening that night which afforded them adequate sleep ahead of the wee hours wake-u