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Oman Desert Marathon Stage 1

The first stage of the Oman Desert Marathon proved to be challenging both in its scope and diversity. The 21 km stage Starts from the camp at 7:30. Racers are sent off into the desert with the lively music from Al Wasil Arts Folk Band

 

The first stage of the Oman Desert Marathon proved to be challenging both in its scope and diversity. The 21 km stage Starts from the camp at 7:30. Racers are sent off into the desert with the lively music from Al Wasil Arts Folk Band

After a brief flat stretch from the gate, racers will find themselves on the steep undulating sand dune characteristic of the Omani Desert. The soft sand makes the travel slow and the climbing even slower. The initial dunes seems to quickly separate the well-adapted racers. Following the initial dune section there is a long stretch of road grade leading to the first water station. Travel improved with better footing and paces seems to increase. The course than deviates off the road to another climb up into the dunes. More soft footing adding to the challenge of climbing temperatures. This will be rewarded by the first large descent of the day down to the Al Wasil Oasis offering a welcome change of scenenary from the towering palms. Ground conditions improving to a much firmer and rocky footing. First through the finish line in 2018 was Rachid El Morabity in 2 hours 9 minutes and 13 seconds followed by his brother Mohamed Not far behind, the Ukrainian champion Evgeni Glyva in 8th position and Johnathan Gordon in 10th position. The first woman was Aziza Raji, that crossed the finish line about one hour later.

Temperatures are pushing 30 degrees and by 9:00 am but the attitude of the athletes seemed. Feed back from the runners of the 2018 edition, shared a common thread, managing the heat and learning to adapt to the soft nature of the dunes will prove to be the biggest challenge in the days ahead.

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