The sixth edition of the difficult 165km Oman Desert Marathon will take spot in the Sharqiyah area from November 17-22. A diverse group of 107 runners from 23 nations will cover the 165km distance covering 25km, 20km, 28km, 27km, 42km and 23km respectively more than six stages. The longest fifth stage comprises a evening marathon with ascents and descents of about 1,500m.
The third stage on November 19 is anticipated to be a make-or-break moment for runners. Coming at the event’s half-way point following two days of difficult circumstances it will test their preparation and self-sufficiency as it consists of seven climbs and a lengthy soft sand section. The race needs all runners to be totally self-adequate and carry all their gear, although water is supplied at checkpoints each and every 10km along the demanding course.
Race organiser Said al Hajri, stated, “Runners taking part in the previous five marathons had the chance to experience the unspoilt beauty of the Omani desert as well as the warmth of our legendary hospitality.”
This year’s occasion will see 35 neighborhood participants which includes Sami al Saidi who came second final year and Moosa al Balushi who completed fourth.
Other participants taking element contain Morocco’s Rachid al Murabity who is regarded as quantity a single in the globe Mohammed al Murabity, a single of the leading ten runners in Morocco Evgenii Galiva, a 200km non-cease race champion from Ukraine and Aziza al Raji, a single of the world’s leading-ten female runners from Morocco.
The rest of the runners are from nations such as Italy, France, the UK, Germany, Switzerland and Australia. Runners will cover a varied landscape of sand dunes and by means of palm groves and villages to the finish on the shore of the Arabian Sea.
In addition to assistance from the Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Sports Affairs, the race has gained the backing of Tanfeedh, the government’s financial diversification initiative which has identified the quick-expanding international sports tourism sector as a important concentrate for the nation. “We have worked with local communities and our international partners. With the support of local and national organisations all is now in place to present the magic of the desert and its dunes to a new group of adventurous runners,” Hajri added.
Information Source: Muscat Daily