After winning the label of excellence, the Rabat Marathon in the big leagues


The Royal Moroccan Athletics Federation (FRMA) held a press conference this Thursday in Rabat to present the 7th edition of the Rabat International Marathon, scheduled for April 21 under the patronage of King Mohammed VI.

During this conference, the organizing committee of the Rabat International Marathon announced that the main novelty of this seventh edition lies in the modifications made to the course, affecting the starting and finishing points of the marathon, the half-marathon and 10 km, as well as the sites crossed, including the historical and cultural monuments of the capital.

Furthermore, the secretary general of the FRMA, Mohamed Ghozlane, underlined the role of the Rabat International Marathon in promoting the destination Morocco and its capital Rabat, the city of lights classified as a world heritage site by UNESCO.

He also highlighted the rise in prestige of the event, moving from 44th to 23rd in the ranking of the 140 marathons classified by World Athletics, and underlined its exclusive award of the Label of Excellence on the African continent, thanks to its quality organization and the scale of participation, exceeding 22,000 participants, as well as the results obtained with the recording of several records, for men and women.

For his part, Abdellah Boukraâ, member of the technical commission within the FRMA, underlined that the Rabat International Marathon has experienced qualitative progression in terms of reputation acquired over the six previous editions, as well as in terms of its international ranking, now placing it among the major world marathons, after having succeeded in obtaining the Label of Excellence in the World Athletics ranking.

He indicated that the Moroccan participation will be significant with the presence of Othmane El Goumri, holder of the national marathon record (2h 05min 12sec) and Zouhair Talbi who won first place at the Houston Marathon in the United States last January, with a time of 2h 06min 39sec.

And to add that the Rabat International Marathon constitutes a real test and an important springboard for Moroccan runners, particularly a few months before the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

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