25 Jan Stage Four: Camel Savannah
Stage Four: Camel Savannah
The gruelling four-day Oman Desert Marathon race is finally over, and there were many tears. Some were tears of joy and others may have been tears of pain.
Morocco’s Mohammed El Morabity took the first spot in the male category with a total finishing time of 14:13:15 and Switzerland’s Corina Sommer came in first in the female category with a finishing time of 19:39:28.
Morocco’s TGCC team, which consists of the two brothers Mohammed and Rachid El Morabity came in first in the teams category. We started off with 42 runners on day one, and ended up with 37, after the challenge proved to be a little too difficult for five of the racers.
A 67-year-old heart surgeon from Italy, called Alfonso Sciarratta, also took part in this year’s race, and he finished the 165 km run in 42:17:46. Here’s what some of the runners had to say about their experience running this year’s race.
Cecile Bertin from France: I ran in the Oman Desert Marathon five years ago and there were barely any Omani runners. Those who were there were not well prepared for this kind of race. This time, I was impressed with how the participation has grown and also with the quality of their runners. I see Oman as champions of desert running!
The racers have been through a lot in the past four days, but they all made it through, and the support they got from their family and friends made such a big difference.
Thank you all for staying tuned and for cheering then on!