Founded over 20 years ago, the Zayed Charity Run is an iconic, worldwide humanitarian running race held in honour of Sheikh Zayed, the Founding Father of the UAE.
Established in 2001, the marathon represents the UAE’s vision of spreading love and peace across the world, and Sheikh Zayed’s own passion for supporting charitable causes.

The inaugural Abu Dhabi marathon saw great numbers turn out to take part and celebrate the charitable spirit of the Founding Father. This was then followed by the first New York edition in 2005, which was held in collaboration with the National Kidney Foundation in New York City and the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Washington.
Start of fun run at Zayed Charity Marathon Abu Dhabi 2022
Marshal awarding completion medal to a male runner in the Zayed Charity Marathon Abu Dhabi 2022
Then, in 2014, the generous and giving race arrived in Egypt, where to this day it continues to be organised every year by the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Egypt, and in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Sports Council and the Ministry of Youth and Sports in Egypt.

Meanwhile, the Zayed Charity Marathon – Abu Dhabi was held annually for almost 20 years, before the COVID-19 crisis eventually forced it to press pause for a few years. Now, thankfully, the momentous event made its much-anticipated return to the UAE in November and will return to Egypt in December.

So, if you’re wondering 'where can I find 10k or 5k races near me?’ simply look no further than the Zayed Charity Marathon 2022.
Ⓒ Zayed Marathon 2022