Frequently Asked Questions

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Click here to select which distance you would like to enter. You will then be taken through to the entry portal. After filling in your details and making a payment, you will receive a confirmation email.

Firstly, check your junk e-mail folder as it is possible that your confirmation email may have landed there. If you still cannot find it, please email info@omanbyutmb.com and we will re-send it to you.

You do not need any qualifying points to take on the AHM: 50KM race.

In order to enter the JBA: 130KM you will need a minimum of 4 points, which must have been gained in one single race during 2017, 2018 or 2019 (i.e. you cannot enter if you have amassed 4 points over multiple races).

In order to enter the JBS: 170KM you will need a minimum of 5 points, which must have been gained in one single race during 2017, 2018 or 2019 (i.e. you cannot enter if you have amassed 5 points over multiple races).

You will be asked to confirm which races you have previously taken part in and the system will verify you meet the entry requirements before your place in the event is confirmed.

If you have any further queries about the required points to participate in OMAN by UTMB® please email: contact@itra.run

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GENERAL RACE INFORMATION

With the new qualification criteria for UTMB in Chamonix, runners completing the 130KM or 170KM distances in Oman (within the barrier time) will bypass the lottery and have a guaranteed entry for UTMB 2020. For further information about qualifying for UTMB 2020 in Chamonix please click here.

Runners will be contacted directly before the opening of UTMB Mont-Blanc registrations so they are aware of the process.

Click here to download and view the Official Race Rules for the 2019 OMAN by UTMB®.

The 2019 Runner’s Guide available here to download a minimum of one month prior to the event. You will receive an e-mail from Oman by UTMB® when the Runner’s Guide is ready to download.

Please view the Race Rules for a complete list of mandatory and recommended equipment the JBS / JBA / AHM.

The following mandatory equipment is required for both the JBS: 170KM and JBA: 130KM races:

  • 1 x pack for the carrying of the mandatory equipment.
  • A minimum water carrying capacity of 2 litres
  • Food reserve
    (Recommendation : 800kcal = 2 gels + 2 energy bars each of 65g each)
  • 1 x mobile / cellular smartphone:
    • international roaming allowing for its use in Oman or with a local sim card ;
    • Has the number visible and not masked ;
    • Has the event emergency number programmed into its memory ;
    • Keep the phone on at all times ;
    • Keep fully charged with a spare battery and/or charging pack ;
  • 1 x personal cup 15 cl (150ml) minimum ; (Bottles or flasks with lids will not be accepted)
  • 2 x torches in proper working order with spare cells/batteries for each torch ;
    (Recommendation : 200 lumens or more for the main torch)
  • 1 x survival blanket of 1.40m x 2m minimum ;
  • 1 x whistle ;
  • 1 x self adhesive elasticated bandage which can serve as a bandage or strapping ; (Minimum 100 cm x 6 cm)
  • 1 x warm second layer top with long sleeves (cotton excluded) of a weight of a minimum of 110g (Men’s size medium (M))
  • 1 x durable water repellant (DWR protection) windproof jacket ;
  • 1 x sunglasses
  • 1 x saharan cap / hat or any combination which completely protect the head and nape of the neck
  • High factor sun cream
  • Trail running shoes appropriate to abrasive terrain.
  • ID – passport/ID card
  • Proof of Personal Accident Insurance.
    (Insurance card or document with insurance details)

 

The following mandatory equipment is required for AHM race:

  • 1 x Pack for the carrying of the mandatory equipment.
  • A minimum water carrying capacity of 2 litres
  • Food reserve
    (Recommendation : 800kcal = 2 gels + 2 energy bars each of 65g each)
  • 1 x Mobile / cellular smartphone :
    • With international roaming allowing for its use in Oman or with a local sim card ;
    • Has the number visible and not masked ;
    • Has the event emergency number programmed into its memory ;
    • Keep the phone on at all times ;
    • Keep fully charged with a spare battery and/or charging pack ;
  • 1 x personal cup 15 cl (150ml) minimum ; (Bottles or flasks with lids will not be accepted)
  • A minimum water carrying capacity of 2 litres;
  • 2 x torches in proper working order with spare cells/batteries for each torch ;
    (Recommendation : 200 lumens or more for the main torch)
  • 1 x survival blanket of 1.40m x 2m minimum ;
  • 1 x whistle ;
  • 1 x self adhesive elasticated bandage which can serve as a bandage or strapping ; (Minimum 100 cm x 6 cm)
  • 1 x warm second layer top with long sleeves (cotton excluded) of a weight of a minimum of 110g (Men’s size medium (M))
  • 1 x durable water repellant (DWR protection) windproof jacket ;
  • 1 x sunglasses
  • 1 x saharan cap / hat or any combination which completely protect the head and nape of the neck
  • High factor sun cream
  • Trail running shoes appropriate to abrasive terrain.
  • ID – passport/ID card
  • Proof of Personal Accident Insurance.
    (Insurance card or document with insurance details)

Aid stations will be located along the route for each race. The Aid Stations will provide specific food and beverages, the exact content of which will depend on the location of the Aid Station on the route. Designated Aid Stations will also offer rest facilities for runners.

Food and beverages at the Aid Station will include:

  • Water, coke and energy drinks
  • Energy bars and gels, cereal bars
  • Soup
  • Salt biscuits and sweet biscuits
  • Cake, cookies and chocolates
  • Dried fruits, peanuts
  • Bananas and oranges
  • Bread

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CANCELLATION/TRANSFER OF REGISTRATION

A participant wishing to cancel a registration must do so in writing to info@omanbyutmb.com. No cancellation of a registration will be accepted by telephone.

The reimbursement of registration fees will be made by partial re-credit to the bank account associated to the credit card used at the time of registering, as follows:

Before 15 June 2019 60% Refund of registration fee
16 June 2019 – 15 July 2019 50% Refund of registration fee
16 July 2019 – 31 October 2019 40% Refund of registration fee
No reimbursement of registration fees will be made for any cancellations made after 31 October 2019.

REGISTRATION CANCELLATION GUARANTEE

A cancellation guarantee is available to any person at the time of registration for any of the races. Should a participant wish to take the cancellation guarantee this will be added to the cost of the registration at the time of registration.

JBS: 170KM and JBA: 130KM

Cost of Cancellation Guarantee :               15€ Per registration

AHM: 50KM

Cost of Cancellation Guarantee :               9€ Per registration

The objective of the guarantee is to completely refund the registration fee, in the case where a participant requests to cancel his registration because of one of the following reasons:

  • an accident, a serious illness or the death of the participant themselves;
  • a serious illness necessitating hospitalisation or the death of a spouse or common law partner, or close relative in the thirty days preceding the event;
  • The pregnancy of a registered participant, or the birth of a child in the 15 days before or after the race.

The request for reimbursement should be sent with all supporting documentation to info@omanbyutmb.com.

For full information and conditions of indemnity for the cancellation guarantee for OMAN by UTMB®, please click here

Registration may not be transferred to another UTMB event or to another person.

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EVENT MEDICAL AND INSURANCE

It is mandatory for each competitor to be in possession of personal accident insurance which covers the full cost of search, rescue, evacuation and medical treatment in Oman.

All participants are required to complete a medical certificate in order to participate in any of the races for the event. These certificates are available the during the registration process.

If you did not complete your medical certificate during registration, you can do so by downloading here:

Arabic Medical Certificate.
English Medical Certificate.
French Medical Certificate.
Spanish Medical Certificate.

You must have your medical certificate completed and emailed to info@omanbyutmb.com by 21 November 2019 or you will be unable to participate.

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TRAVEL & ACCOMODATION

Tourist visas must be booked online prior to travel. The onsite visa bureau at the airport has a limited service.

Residents of most countries can now apply online for a tourism e-visa. The visa options include: 10 day, 30 day or multi-entry.

The process is quick and simple, with the visa usually issued in a day or two. The events team will be pleased to help if there are any problems with visas. It is the participant’s responsibility to keep up to date with any changes to the visa application process.

If you require additional assistance with your VISA application please don’t hesitate to contact us on info@omanbyutmb.com and a member our team will be happy to assist you.

All international participants will need to fly to Muscat International Airport. Oman Air offers direct flights from the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Malaysia, Philippines, Switzerland as well as regional destinations.
We will share information about exclusive discounts for our participants and their families as the event approaches so you can book and save!

We will be organising a shuttle bus service from Muscat to Nizwa on 27th & 28th November, returning on 30th November and 1st December. Specific timings and booking information will be sent to all registered runners well in advance of the event.

Alternatively, you have the option to get a taxi or hire a car. Information about this will be available on the website in the coming weeks.

No, but we have secured special rates for our competitors and those accompanying them. Click on the FAQ below to view these packages.

We have secured the following special rates for a 4 night stay at the Golden Tulip Nizwa from 27th November to 1st December 2019

  • Single bedroom from OMR 280 (plus 17% tax)
  • Twin Bedroom OMR 320* (plus 17% tax)
  • Double Bedroom OMR 320* (plus 17% tax)
  • Triple Bedroom OMR 380* (plus 17% tax)

To book Golden Tulip Hotel, contact: rsvn@goldentulipnizwa.com quoting OS-Nov/GTN19

Alternatively, you can book accommodation at the Nizwa Hotel Apartments which are also located very close to the start line. Here are the room rates for 4 nights from 27th November to 1st December 2019:

  • Twin or Double Bedroom in Shared Apartment OMR 190 (plus 17% tax)
  • One Bedroom Apartment OMR 280 (plus 17% tax)
  • Two Bedroom Apartment OMR 340 (plus 17% tax)

To book Nizwa Hotel Apartments, contact: reservations@nizwahotelapartments.com quoting OS-Nov/NHA19

Places at The Golden Tulip Hotel and Nizwa Hotel Apartments are limited so we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment. For runners wishing to organise their own accommodation in the area we also recommend booking early as demand will be high in November.

There are a number of other guest house and hotel options in the Nizwa area that can be contacted directly or booked through most popular online booking engines.

Participants will require their own method of transportation between their accommodation and the Golden Tulip Nizwa for bib collection and post event ceremonies.

We strongly recommend booking early as demand will be high in November.

Runners who wish to camp please also contact info@omanbyutmb.com. We will make a camping area available if there is demand.

Omani Rials and Omani Baisas. The currency is pegged to the USD, offering a stable exchange rate. (1000 baisas equals 1 Omani Rial) 1 OMR = $2.6 USD. Currency exchange services are available at the airport currency exchange bureaus

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ELITE RUNNERS

In recognition of athletes of a high calibre, and for fair management of registration, the event reserves a small number of places for elite athletes.

An elite athlete must have a general ITRA performance index data greater than 800 (Male) or 700 (Female).

Please email info@omanbyutmb.com to apply for an elite entry

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