Just like Paris or New York, Riyadh now hosts its own marathon, which will take place on Saturday, February 11. The marathon course was conceived to showcase Riyadh's landmarks to the participants.
As participants slip on their running shoes and take to the pavement, they will explore what Riyadh has to offer in a runner’s odyssey through the entire 42km marathon in the Saudi capital.
The adventure starts and ends near Mrsool Park, the stadium of the local soccer club, Al Nassr FC. The green fields of the stadium is a home to the exciting matches of the Saudi Football League. Who knows, you might even run into soccer legend Cristiano Ronaldo who is currently playing there!
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Diriyah Flagpole Square
On their way to the finish line, runners get to see King Salman Square, where stands the massive Diriyah flagpole, one of the major spots of Riyadh. The flagpole, which rises to a towering height of 100 meters, is one of the highest in the world. The flag on it, which measures an impressive 30 by 18 meters, is a striking symbol of the Diriyah’s historical legacy as the birthplace of the Saudi state and the Saudi royal family.
اول راحة .. ٢٢ كيلو قبل العودة .. (@ Flag Square | ساحة العلم in Ad Diriyah, Ar Riyad) https://t.co/FZy1YHW8Ne pic.twitter.com/6ld500ubbZ
— MoSaB | ّمُصْعَب (@iMosab) October 30, 2014
King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD)
As the marathon progresses, participants run by the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD), a symbol of Riyadh’s openness to the future. With its towering skyscrapers and ultramodern architecture, the financial district is at the forefront of business, finance and commerce in the Kingdom.
King Abdullah Financial district [ KAFD ] one of Riyadh’s most beautiful and modern landmarks✨ pic.twitter.com/DigD8hZNfC
— The Saudi Gate (@TheSaudiGate) May 16, 2020
Finally, runners pass by Digital City, Saudi Arabia‘s first mixed-use complex, which includes commercial, residential and retail spaces. Digital City is also a testament to the city’s ambitions towards the future, as it’s home to the kingdom’s start-ups and established businesses.
Visiting the Digital City of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia! Stunning outside and even more inside! SEHA Virtual Hospital -telehealth to the max exponent- and National Health Command Center -overseeing and improving health systems for decision-making-. #HIMSS22ME pic.twitter.com/ePTBQkVW5v
— loida lleonart (@loida_lleonart) November 21, 2022