The Al Marmoom Ultramarathon in Dubai.


World’s longest desert race in Dubai sets $100,000 prize


DUBAI – The world’s longest desert race will be even longer this year as the world’s elite ultra-runners compete over 300kms of desert terrain for a share of the richest purse in ultra running.

The second edition of Dubai’s Al Marmoom Ultramarathon will take place in the Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve, from December 9 to 13.

Organised under the umbrella of Dubai Sports Council, Al Marmoom Ultramarathon brings the world’s most famous ultra-runners to Dubai to compete in the ultimate desert race and battle it out for a share of the $100,000 prize.

“I was there every day in Al Marmoom last December and the positive spirit was magnificent to behold. So, I am definitely looking forward to this bigger and tougher second edition of the Al Marmoom Ultramarathon,” said Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council.

As well as the unparalleled 300kms distance, the race also offers lessor distances of 110km and 50km. The race offers these lessor distances to encourage endurance runners from the UAE and regionally to participate. Top rankings and special recognition winners in all 3 races will receive prize money and all finishers will receive medals and t-shirts.

Ruth Dickinson, Event Director, said the 300km race is to be completed in 5 days and over 4 separate routes starting from the base camp situated in Al Qudra.

The 110km race will be a 24-hour run and the 50km is to be completed in one day.

The organisers are encouraging runners who wish to sign up and prepare for the event to join the weekly build-up runs training program which will start August 30 and run for 12 weeks leading up to the main event.

To register for the Al Marmoom Ultramarathon, click here.


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