The 130km mountain course at the heart of the 2018 occasion – hailed by National Geographic as the ‘world’s toughest adventure race’ – will now be joined on the international trail operating calendar from November 28-30 by a 50km course and an ultimate 170km challenge.
Last year’s pioneering race attracted huge international interest such as several higher-profile members of the international trail neighborhood, and immersed runners in the organic beauty of Oman’s dramatic interior taking them by means of deep wadis, higher ridges, ancient villages and memorable landscapes in a distinctive Arabian atmosphere. Winner of the 2018 edition, Jason Schlarb (US), who crossed the finish line jointly with Diego ‘Zpeedy’ Pazos (CH) described the occasion as “unbelievably challenging – technical and exciting all at once”.
“Oman by UTMB has instantly established itself as a valued member of the international UTMB family,” stated Michel Poletti co-director of the UTMB. The 50km race, which begins on November 29, is aimed at runners who are new to the sport or significantly less knowledgeable and would like to take on the challenge of a difficult but fair brief ultra-run with restricted technical sections to navigate. It will begin and finish in Al Hamra, taking the participants onto Jebel Akhdar with a lot more than two,300m of elevation acquire.
The 130km and 170km routes are only appropriate for knowledgeable trail runners with the new 170km course ascending to a height of three,000m on the formidable Jebel Shams, Arabia’s highest mountain. Runners will need an official International Trail Running Association (ITRA) ranking to qualify to participate in either distance. Both begin on November 28 at Birkat al Mouz.
Overall, runners will want 4 ITRA points to compete in the 130km run and 5 ITRA points to compete in the 170km run. No ITRA points are necessary for the 50km run. “Last year was a resounding success and has put the sultanate firmly on the international trail map,” stated David Graham, CEO of occasion organiser Oman Sail.
Like all ITRA sanctioned trail operating events, taking component in Oman by UTMB earns qualifying points towards entry for UTMB Chamonix. Runners who total the 130km run will earn 5 ITRA points, runners finishing the 170km will earn six ITRA points and runners who finish the 50km run will earn 3 ITRA points.
A new qualifying method not too long ago announced by UTMB International implies that runners who compete in either the 130km or 170km events are instantaneously assured entry to race in Chamonix in 2020. Oman by UTMB is the very first chance runners will have to advantage from the new qualifying regulations for UTMB Chamonix. For registration verify https://omanbyutmb.com/enter/
Information Source: Muscat Daily