Teaming thousands of years of tradition with mountainous regions, the trail offers a true challenge to runners.
Oman by UTMB® features some of the most dramatic and varied scenery that Arabia has to offer.
The course elevates from 600m at Birkat Al Mawz to the heights of Jebel Akhdar, the Green Mountain, peaking at over 2200m. With the 137km total distance bearing a vertical gain of over 7800m, this is an ultra trail packed with variety – offering terrain that is tough but fair!
Climbs are long and at times very exposed, requiring runners to be confident at height. Temperatures along the route will vary greatly; during the daytime they may reach 25 C in the valleys. In the mountains, where most of the trail is located, the temperature will be much more comfortable, at around 10 C. Plunges to below freezing are expected at night, so runners will need to equip accordingly. Given the ultra trail’s remote and difficult to access sections, a real capacity for personal self-sufficiency is required.
The fastest runners are expected to complete this premium edition 137km course in around 20 hours – just a little less time than the full UTMB® – giving a good indication of how tough and exciting the challenge will be! Full course details, complete with checkpoints, feed stations and intermediate distances will be published prior to registration opening on May 4th 2018.