Dubai will make endurance history this December when it hosts the world’s longest desert ultramarathon in the spectacular Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve from December 11-15.
• USD 1,680 / AED 6,168 - 270km Race Regular
Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve, Dubai
11 December 2018, 12:00 AM
15 December 2018, 12:00 AM
Dubai's Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve will host the world's longest desert ultra-run this December.
The Al Marmoom Ultramarathon is a 270km, 100km and 50km race across desert terrain and will be held on December 11-15. A serious challenge for ultra runners, the 270 km will be completed in four days while the 100km and 50km races are continuous.
Being held under the umbrella of Dubai Sports Council from December 11-15, the Al Marmoom Ultramarathon will be the ultimate measure of athletic endurance, testing physical strength and mental stamina as runners cross 270km of desert landscape in the Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve.
The race includes male and female athletes with race rankings for Top 3 male and female runners for each distance and teams. There will be special recognition awards for Emirati male and female competitors and male and female veterans (over 50) as well as individual stage rankings.
The prize value totals US $80,000 in cash, trophies and medals, making it the biggest purse in the world for an ultramarathon. All finishers will be awarded certificates and medals.
All three distances are self- sufficient, with water and tents supplied, and across desert terrain in the breath taking Al Marmoom Desert Reserve, Dubai UAE. Terrain will change from hard sand tracks to soft moving dunes, and the route will include overnight camping, 5 stages and regular check points. At the camp there will be tents, medical assistance, water and basic refreshments. All three distances will include check points along the route where there will be water, time keeping, medical and race crew.
Runners will be kept on track by the latest tracking technology supplied by SamTech Middle East. Personal devices will provide live tracking of each runner as well as timing technology. They will also provide a ‘panic’ button that will alert emergency services in case of a medical issue and where the runner can be located. This technology will also provide continuous tracking and timing for the race organisers, media and spectators and will be available to view on a variety of mediums, including mobile phones, tablets, laptops, social and mainstream media.
The Al Marmoom Ultramarathon will test physical strength and mental stamina as participants take in the beautiful desert landscape and spot indigenous and migratory wildlife.
Anyone meeting the following conditions will be accepted and is eligible to enter:
• Any person of any citizenship aged over 18 years
• Any person who accepts the race rules
• Any person who has provided a medical certificate attesting to their ability to participate in a race of this type as well as an ECG print-out dated less than 30 days prior to the race
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