What is the Oman Desert Marathon?
Every year, a very large group of international runners gather from different countries, to participate in a unique adventure on the picturesque sand dunes of the Oman desert. It’s the Oman Desert Marathon.
The Oman Desert Marathon is a 165 km race that requires each runner to be prepared and self-sufficient in food and personal needs. The runners are also given a true experience of living in the desert, this vast expanse of stunning beauty and breathtaking imagination to implement a unique physical, emotional and spiritual experience of a lifetime. It is a sport to learn patience and challenge, a sport of excitement and suspense, a sport of adventure and strength.
The race start is in front of the historical forts and castle in the village of Al- Wasil in the Wilayat of Bidiyah and ends at the Al Jawharat Resort.
The four stages of the race will take the contestants through different miles of attractive charm and aesthetic diversity in the topography and terrain, starting with history and civilization with historical forts and castles, passing through green palm oases and lush shades and then sand dunes where the stages of the race pass through the dwellings of the nomads who still follow the grazing roads, in the desert of Oman. As for the night stage, it has a special magic, starting with the sunset, whose golden threads are reflected on the sand to give the desert its splendor, beauty and charm, which captivates the hearts to take you little by little to darkness, isolation, calmness, silence, and the fragrance of the winds, with the radiance of millions of twinkling stars that captivate you with their beauty. The stars shimmer as if they were silver necklaces, away from the lights and hustle of the city.
And the end of the last stage, the emotions, the euphoria of victory, and the challenge will erupt for the contestants as they reach the finish line on the sands of Al Jawharat Resort in Bediyah.