Muscat, The inaugural OMAN by UTMB� represents a unique challenge in a unique environment, bringing ultra-trail running to the Middle Eastern region for the very first time. From 29 November to 1 December 2018, OMAN by UTMB� will see an international field of athletes take on a remote and rugged 137km (85-mile) route located deep within some of the most stunning and challenging mountainous terrain that Oman has to offer.
OMAN by UTMB� meets every requirement of the UTMB� brand with a challenging mountain course and an extraordinary adventure in a truly breath-taking destination. The Sultanate is like no other place I’ve run before; spectacular scenery, incredible, huge mountains and warm people. It’s a must-do event! Michel Poletti, UTMB� Mont-Blanc Race Director said.
Oman by UTMB� is an ultra-trail runner’s dream: an extraordinary trip through the Al Hajar Mountain range deep in the country’s interior.
Designed to highlight Oman’s natural beauty and take runners off the beaten track, OMAN by UTMB� will start from the historic town of Birkat Al Mawz in the Governorate of A’Dakhiliyah at 600m, and climb up to heights of 2,200m at Jebel Akhdar, or the Green Mountain. The course has long and technical climbs with a total vertical gain of more than 7,800m, taking in mountain top ridges and passing through ancient villages, palm plantations, deep wadis and narrow gorges.
The journey will lead runners off the beaten tourist tracks, allowing them to explore the Sultanate’s hidden gems located deep within its rugged, untouched landscapes. Athletes will enjoy breath-taking views and historic plantations alongside the sights and scents offered by lush terraces teeming with pomegranates, figs, almonds, grapes, apples and roses! Packed with variety and some tough terrain, climbs are at times exposed, requiring runners to be confident at height. Given the ultra-trail’s remote and difficult to access sections, a capacity for personal self-sufficiency is required. The first finishers are expected to complete the course in around 20 hours, having experienced temperatures ranging from 25C at low level to 10C and less in the mountains and overnight.
Enthusiasm to be a part of the first ever OMAN by UTMB� has seen hundreds of runners sign up, including many of the best-known members of the close-knit ultra-trail international community. With more than 49 countries already represented on the startline, the high demand saw organiser Oman Sail extend registration for a sought-after place until 30 September 2018.
Source: Oman News Agency