Go the distance in the ultimate endurance test with the Al Marmoom Ultramarathon

Experience the the world’s longest desert ultramarathon in the Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve from December 11-15.

Sport360 staff 2018/07/21

Dubai will make endurance history this December when it hosts the world’s longest desert ultramarathon in the spectacular Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve.

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 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.

“We are happy to support this event, which is the longest desert ultramarathon in the world,” said His Excellency Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council, at Wednesday’s press conference. “It will test the endurance of the athletes, but what excites us even more is that this is an environment-friendly event which will showcase the fascinating beauty of Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve across five days.”

The Al Marmoom Ultramarathon offers a choice of three distances: the world’s longest desert ultra-run of 270km that will take place across 5 days, as well as continuous 100km and 50km ultra runs. All three distances are self-sufficient, across mixed desert terrain.

Base camp will be situated beside the lakes in Al Marmoom and will include tents, medical assistance, water and basic refreshments. The routes will include regular check points where there will be water, time keeping, medical and race crew.

International elite ultra-runners will take on the Al Marmoom Ultramarathon 270km route, which is divided into four segments: two 50kms runs, plus continuous 70km and 100km runs. The two additional ultra runs taking place at the same time will be over 100km and 50km distances.

Participants will follow specific routes and the course will be marked every 500 metres.

Al Marmoom Ultramarathon is open to ultra-runners over 18 years who provide 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 30days prior to the race.

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.

Registrations are open and can be done online at www.ultramarathon.ae.

What: Al Marmoom Ultramarathon

Where: Al Marmoom Desert Conservation

When: December 11-15

Contact: Visit www.ultramarathon.ae to register and for more information

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