Among the elite runners registered for the newest addition to the UTMB calendar are the US’s Jim Walmsley, the 2017 Ultra Runner of the Year and at present the planet quantity 1 in the ITRA rankings.
Joining him on the non-quit 137km event will be the Lithuanian-born 2016 Ultra Trail World Tour champion Gediminas Grinius and the Swiss 2017 Ultra Trail World Tour champion Andrea Huser.
Also amongst the athletes representing no fewer than 49 countries are Jason Schlarb, the best US finisher in the 2014 UTMB Mont Blanc former Swedish track athlete Ida Nilsson Swiss runner Diego ‘Zpeedy’ Pazos, aka the ‘bow tie trail runner’ and Wyoming-primarily based Meredith Edwards, 1 of the major female runners on the circuit.
In addition, other familiar faces are anticipated to contain Chinese national and Hong Kong resident Tsang Siu Keung ‘Stone’, 1 of the most productive trail runners in Asia, plus other individuals from the expanding trail operating neighborhood in China. “Ultra-trail runners enjoy the challenge of mountain courses and the beauty of the natural environment, and judging by the rush to enter, Oman by UTMB appears to have captured that enthusiasm in full,” stated Salma al Hashmi, Oman Sail chief marketing and advertising officer.
She added, “The authentic and unique landscapes of the sultanate, particularly the route that takes in the heights of Jebel Akhdar, the Green Mountain, will provide an exciting and competitive event for hundreds who have seized the opportunity to take part in this first edition.”
Oman by UTMB, hosted by occasion organiser Oman Sail and supported by UTMB International and the organisers of UTMB Mont-Blanc, will take the expanding field on a remote and rugged course, with lengthy and technical climbs and a total vertical acquire of a lot more than 7,800m.
UTMB founder Michel Poletti was a member of the team that created the course. He stated, “The sultanate is like no other place I’ve run before, the spectacular scenery, incredible mountains and warm people make this a must-do event.”
“Having had the opportunity to revisit Oman, I can now add that the country has a fantastic amount to offer visitors; it is very safe, with much to see and do that the whole family can enjoy,” added the UTMB Mont-Blanc race director. The particular advantages of participation in Oman by UTMB for these hoping to run in the heavily oversubscribed UTMB Mont-Blanc will apply to all registrations up to the reduce-off. Finishers will earn the maximum quantity of six qualifying points, valid for 3 years as an alternative of the usual two, and will save 1 year in the UTMB Mont-Blanc registration method. This will double the likelihood for initial-time applicants in the entry lottery for 2019, and assure entry for these re-applying.
Information Source: Muscat Daily