Muscat, High demand for a place in the first
ever OMAN by Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB�) event has seen
hundreds of runners sign up, including many of the best-known
members of the international ultra-trail community.
With places filling up and the number of runners now exceeding
300, registration for a sought-after place in the 29 November event will
stay open until the final entry cut-off on 30 September.
Among the elite runners registered for the newest addition to the
UTMB� calendar are the USA’s Jim Walmsley, the 2017 Ultra Runner
of the Year and currently the world number one in the ITRA rankings.
Joining him on the non-stop 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
Also among the athletes representing no fewer than 49
countries are: Jason Schlarb, the top 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-
based Meredith Edwards, one of the leading female runners on the
circuit. In addition, other familiar faces are expected to include Chinese
national and Hong Kong resident Tsang Siu Keung Stone, one of the
most successful trail runners in Asia, plus others from the growing trail
running community 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,
said Salma al-Hashmi, Oman Sail Chief Marketing Officer.
The authentic and unique landscapes of the Sultanate, particularly the
route that takes in the heights of Jebel Akhdar or the Green Mountain
in the Wilayat of Nizwa, will provide an exciting and competitive event
for hundreds who have seized the opportunity to take part in this first
OMAN by UTMB�, hosted by event organiser Oman Sail and
supported by UTMB� International and the organisers of UTMB�
Mont-Blanc, will take the growing field on a remote and rugged course,
with long and technical climbs and a total vertical gain of more than
UTMB� founder Michel Poletti was a member of the team that
designed the course: 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, he said.
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 special benefits of participation in OMAN by UTMB�for
those hoping to run in the heavily-oversubscribed UTMB� Mont-Blanc
will apply to all registrations up to the cut-off.
Finishers will earn the maximum number of six qualifying points,
valid for three years instead of the usual two, and will save one year in
the UTMB� Mont-Blanc registration process. This will double the
chance for first-time applicants in the entry lottery for 2019, and
guarantee entry for those reapplying a second time after being
unsuccessful in 2018.
OMAN by UTMB� is a Tanfeedh initiative and is supported by
the Ministry of Tourism.
Source: Oman News Agency