Sports For All Saudi Federation hosted over 15,000 participants in the 2023 Riyadh Marathon

16 February 2023

More than 15,000 competitors from 120 countries took part in the second edition of the Riyadh Marathon. Organized by the Saudi Federation Sports For All (SFA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Sports, the Quality of Life Program, and the Saudi Athletics Federation, the Riyadh Marathon welcomed people of all ages and skill levels to Join the physical activity movement that swept the nation on February 11, 2023.

During the award ceremony, SFA Chairman, HRH Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud presented the prizes to the winners of the 2023 Riyadh Marathon, in the presence of Prince Nawaf bin Mohammed bin Abdullah, Vice President of World Athletics, and Ms. Shaima Saleh Al-Husseini, Chief Executive Officer of the SFA.

The marathon gave community members the opportunity to challenge themselves by choosing from walks/runs of various distances (42 km, 21 km, 10 km and 4 km), and invited people of all abilities, including amateurs and experienced riders to participate.

The three winners in the women's category are from Ethiopia. Meseret Abebayehu Alemu won the women's elite marathon, Aberash Fayesa Robi came second and Gadise Mullu Demissie came third. Representing Morocco, Samir Jouaher won the men's elite marathon, followed by Ethiopian Balew Yihunie Derseh in second place, followed by his compatriot Yemane Tsegay Adhane in third place. Winners who took first place in the men's and women's pro races received a $30,000 prize, while second-place competitors received prizes of $20,000 and third-place finishers walked away with $10,000. .

"The SFA hopes again to contribute to the Kingdom's goals of becoming a global sports hub, by encouraging all members of society to be active and to raise awareness throughout the country of the importance of physical fitness as a primary indicator of health. general satisfaction and well-being in life,” said Prince Khaled, highlighting advice received from the Ministry of Sports to take the marathon to new heights in terms of the number of participants. He added that the event would not have been possible without the strong support of the Quality of Life program.

The 2023 Riyadh Marathon is sponsored by an array of leading entities and partners, including Roshn, NEOM, SABIC, Sports Boulevard and Visit Saudi. The official sponsors of the event are Chery Pro, Right Bite and Acwa Power. The event is also sponsored by Jeeny, Nova, Delta Sports, ORS, Tawuniya Vitality, MDL Beast and Al-Arabiya.

In line with the SFA's goals articulated in the Vision 2030 plan and those of the Quality of Life program, the Riyadh Marathon brought together thousands of people to celebrate physical activity in the country and, crucially, highlighted physical fitness as one of the essential aspects of the social fabric in Saudi Arabia.