Julian Wynter on Why Standard Chartered UAE Has Sponsored Dubai Marathon for 14 Years


HB5Q4984.jpgAhmed Al Kamali (second from left), Worknesh Degefa, Peter Connerton, Julian Wynter, Tamirat Tola, HE Saeed Hareb, Paula Radcliffe, Aselefech Mergia, photo courtesy of Dubai Marathon.

RunBlogRun just spent four days in Dubai. We were there for the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon. We sat down with Julian Wynter, the CEO of Standard Chartered U.A.E, the title sponsor of the Dubai Marathon.

The Standard Chartered Bank has, as a former U.S. president noted, "that vision thing." Julian Wynter was charming and thoughtful. I wanted to find out how his bank decided on sponsoring the race in its first years (first year had about 600 competitors), and how its kept the sponsorship, now that the event is at 30,000. Mr. Wynter explained to me that Standard Chartered sponsors nine global marathons (including Dubai), many of which you have read about at this site. We like and admire sponsors who are in it for the long run.

We thank Julian Wynter for his time and comments.

Enjoy the interview and, if you have a Standard Chartered Bank in your environs, please support them, as they are putting their proverbial money where their mouth is.

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