10 Nov 4th Oman Desert Marathon – The Final rush
The final rush: last 24 kilometers towards the Arabic Sea. This stage is the one where the runners experience the most drastic change of scenario of all the race. In this short distance they pass from the desert track surrounded by bushes and vegetation, where the last camp was set, to high and untouched sandy dunes, and finally to the sea shore. The scenarios are incredible and the beauty of the Omani desert overtakes the fatigue of 6 days of racing: most runners get flooded by the emotions of this experience, descending the last dune and crossing the finish line on the sea shore. They forget the pain, the starvation and all the difficulties they have been experiencing as they cross the finish line of the Oman Desert Marathon, right on the beach. Today there the race proceeded without surprises in the leading group: Rachid Elmorabity kept the first position for almost all the stage, followed by Evgenii Glyva with a quite an impressive advantage from the rest of the group. The Italian champion Marco Olmo had to slow down and was about to abandon the race, however, he managed to finish and kept on going, crossing the finish line in 31st position. As the race finishes, the self sufficiency ends: all the runners got fresh fruits and drinks at the finish line and when the last runner arrived a good meal was served. An afternoon of relax on the beach and tonight there will be a party and barbecue. Tomorrow a day of recovery at the Wadi Bani Khalid warm springs and at night there will be the prize giving ceremony. Stay tuned for updates and for the general ranking.
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