It is that time of year again when we dust off our running shoes and hit the streets with Gulf Bank, exercising every single last one of our 642 muscles in our body to complete the various race distances from 5 KM to 42 KM. Plus, we all get to give back to charity at the same time and our efforts would be internationally recognized! Win, win, win! Here’s our ultimate essentials guide for Gulf Bank’s 642 Marathon.
SET YOUR GOALS
Run day is Saturday, the 17th November. So start getting ready! Whether you choose to run or walk, setting an achievable goal that allows you to exercise all 642 muscles in your body is what it’s all about! Make sure you’re eating well, and exercising regularly. If you’re a novice to all of this, a small 15-20 minute walk each day will prime you perfectly for the 5KM walk. If you’re already a also a novice runner, then you’re on the right path to achieve your goals here. No matter what your fitness level or how long or short a distance you have covered previously, there is simply nothing to stop you taking part in Gulf Bank 642 Marathon 2018. This year, you can run or walk a whole family-friendly distance of 5KM or complete the regular Souq run of 10 KM that will surely be challenging. Why not push yourself as an advanced runner to complete the half marathon at 21 KM or tackle the ultimate challenge which is Kuwait’s only full marathon at 42 KM in length.
CELEBRATE YOUR COMMUNITY
The 2017 ‘Gulf Bank 642 Marathon’, was an unprecedented success with 6,000 attendees representing over 130 nationalities across Kuwait all coming together to support a charitable cause. While this fact alone is a marked celebration of a truly special sense of community in Kuwait, let’s aim to break the record for this year! Better yet, why not speak to your friends, register together, and start some community activities to practice for the day of the race? We believe in power in numbers, as should you.
SEE THE LOCAL SIGHTS
Starting and ending at Souq Sharq, the Gulf Bank 642 Marathon route passes by Souq Al Mubarakiya, Gulf Bank’s beautiful head office, the Grand Mosque, Al Seif Palace, the National Assembly and Kuwait Towers. Exercising with a view of Kuwait’s beautiful landmarks? Sign us up!
DON’T WORRY ABOUT THE TRAFFIC
For your and all of the participants’ safety, roads containing the Gulf Bank 642 Marathon route will be closed during the hours of 7 am – 12 noon. Our advice, whether you’re running/walking 5KM, 10 KM, 21 KM OR 42KM, try and complete your activity within the allotted 5 hours to be completely safe.
The day of the Gulf Bank 642 Marathon is a lot of fun, and the Race Village especially is always packed with activities and stalls to keep those who are not taking part in the actual race entertained. Those participants who finish quickly often want to stick around after just to enjoy and soak up the exciting atmosphere. Don’t forget to grab a banana and a medal for your effort!
GIVE IT YOUR ALL
As well as the challenge of training and competing contributing to the general health and well-being of people in Kuwait, the run also contributes to the community through its charitable fundraising efforts. Each year, the Gulf Bank 642 Marathon partners with a leading charity to raise awareness for an important cause or issue. This year, the marathon’s awareness efforts are geared towards shedding light on the Kuwait Red Crescent Society to bring medical aid to those who are unable to afford medical treatment. All donations made through the marathon, at the marathon expo and online will go towards the provision of medical devices such as, pacemakers, cochlear devices, hearing aids, electric wheelchairs and stents. We think that the giving back aspect is such a fantastic motivator to get people off their couches and outdoors.
LOOK AT ME
The 10KM, 21KM, & 42KM race categories at Gulf Bank’s 642 Marathon have been accredited by the Associations of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS). Remember, Gulf Bank’s 642 Marathon is Kuwait’s only accredited race, which means that your efforts at Gulf Bank’s 642 Marathon will not go by unnoticed!
For more information about The Gulf Bank 642 Expo follow Gulf Bank on Instagram @Gulf_Bank. Register today and find more information by visiting the website www.gulfbank642marathon.com or by emailing for details [email protected]. Bring your registration to collect your marathon kit from the Expo. For the latest updates, follow Gulf Bank’s 642 Marathon on Instagram and Facebook @Gulfbank642.