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We adapt t the cut offs according to the temperature and the average times of the runners on the previous stage. The cut offs are decided before the start of each stage in order to allow the maximum number possible of runners to finish the stage in a reasonable time. Some participants decide to do some stages of hiking, cut off times allows to hike. Nobody was excluded for missing a cut off. You can also check in the program the approximate time we expect the last runner to arrive on each stage.
A boiler will be available morning and evening. However, we suggest you to be independent especially for lunch, after the race: the generator might not be on and you need to eat. The best time to eat is when you need to eat, not when hot water is available.
Drinking water will always be available, however we can’t guarantee the access to wells at each camp, although most times this is possible. This means that we will work hard to provide you a fast shower every day, but this depends also on water availability, wells and conditions of the roads to transport the water. Last year the runners had the opportunity to shower every day. Please don’t take it as a guarantee: water can finish and many things can happen in the middle of the desert.
Sleeping bags are carried by runners.
Yes, we will arrange 2 direct transfers at about 9am and 11am, according to the incoming flights schedules. All runners should update their personal record on our website adding the flight details in order to arrange the transfers.
You should be at the start line at least 15 minutes before the race starts.
The course is well marked with beach flags every 500 meters, we patrol the route and make sure all runners are registered at all check points.
The temperatures during the night drop down, and the perceived temperature is even lower, as at night the competitors are tired and often go to sleep with a lower calorie intake than they are used to. Never underestimate the cold at night. Fortunately, the night temperature in Oman is quite mild when compared to other deserts, for example the Sahara. Expect a temperature of 12-15° Celsius.
No, during an edition of the Oman Desert Marathon we had a barefoot runner that insisted on trying to run since the first day with no shoes. After 5 kilometers of burning sand, he changed his mind. Unfortunately, he developed a lot of blisters and he couldn’t finish the race.
Yes, the Oman Desert Marathon is a race where most of the course is on the sand, and the sand you will find is mostly soft. In some races the sand gaiters can be considered optional, this strategy doesn’t work in Oman. Once there was a competitor that “forgot” to take the sand gaiters. After 1 stage of struggle with the sand, he cut the sleeves of his night jacket and used them as socks covering the shoes and blocking most of the sand. He was able to finish the race, but he said that in the future he will never forget the sand gaiters.
Buy gaiters specifically designed for the desert. Don’t buy hiking or mountain gaiters, even if the salesperson gives you this advice. You need gaiters specifically designed to stop the sand and they must be light and cover all the shoes and part of the leg. Mountain gaiters are designed to stop small stones, water and mud and the material and shape is not adequate for the desert: they will just increase the temperature and humidity of your feet, without blocking the sand. Example of desert gaiters.
Stitches are crucial. You have 2 options for fixing the sand gaiters to the shoes:
Bring with you an extra light sleeping bag and to use the one provided as a mattress beneath the sleeping bag. The weight should be from 500g to 800g, no bigger than the size of a hand, and the technical specification to look for is a ‘1 Season’ sleeping bag – be sure not to buy a ‘1 to 2 Season’ sleeping bag. Prices vary from €20-60 (£15-£45).
The sleeping mats have very variable prices according to the weight, size and insulation properties. You don’t need much insulation as we will not be in a wet environment, but you should focus on size and weight to find out the best solution for your needs.
The Oman Desert Marathon will provide big tents for sleeping, where the runners will find shelter at the end of each stage. The tents are open on one side, so you will not be sleeping in an enclosed space and fresh air can circulate.
In the desert every single planned caloric intake is crucial. If you don’t underestimate those aspects and you plan carefully your meals you will not have any problem in finishing the race, and you will be in the best conditions to enjoy the beauty and magic of the desert.
Follow these 7 steps guide to choose your food:
Good planning means to run a good race. If you have doubts, ask us and we will be glad to help you. You can also discuss or ask advice to the other competitors in our closed Facebook group, just for ODM Runners
Race pack collection will be at the Race Village on January 20th 2023 as stated in the program
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