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Desert Tips

Today is the “the day”. The Marathon stage of 42,195 km, the longest of the race, that will bring most runners to run till late night. The start hour is set at 15.00 for most runners, just runners from position 1 to 20 will start at 17.00: the course will be easier than the last days as the desert is getting flatter and smoother as we approach the Arabian Sea...

“The previous stages headed south, now we start moving east towards the Arabian Sea, this change of direction will take us to a different landscape: smaller dunes with small spots of green grass and more compact sand” - said Ahmed Al Malki, the Oman Desert Marathon Race Director during the briefing of the fourth stage. ...

The sand here, approaching to the sea, is getting whiter than in the rest of the course. If gold and red are the two dominating colors for most of the race, in the last stage the sand gets whiter and lighter. This 10 km section represents the last big effort before the finish line and the end of the self sufficiency period: a good meal and cold drinks will wait all the runners at the end of the race....

The Marathon stage is the longest stage of all the course, with 42,195 km takes the runners to the last camp before the end of the race, the start hour was at 15.00 for the most of the runners, just the first 20 have been allowed to start at 17.00. Even if this stage is almost at the end of the Oman Desert Marathon and is the longest, all runners enjoyed it and found it less difficult than the second and the third one. ...

“This stage will make the difference, not only for the top runners but also for the rest of the group” - explains Ahmed Al Malki, the Oman Desert Marathon Race Director. That’s because this section is one of the hardest stages of the race: now the runners are in the middle of the desert, far away from ant sign of human presence and surrounded by virgin sands and untouched nature. ...

The day started with a swim in the Arabic Sea at sunrise. The water was warm and the air temperature mild. Today there are no stages to run, no dunes to climb no more sand to face. If the first days of the race the idea of running 165 km on the sand seemed to be a gigantic challenge, a scary dream, now it has become an achievement for most runners. Something to be proud of and an unique collection of memories and moments that will always be in the hearts of the Oman Desert Marathon Finishers. ...