In 2018 the event welcomed 326 participants to the start line for the first edition, which offered an authentic and never seen course in the mountains of Jebel Akhdar. The course was physically and technically challenging. Climbs and descents were long and at times technical and exposed. Runners had to be confident at height and on difficult terrain. Temperatures varied from daytime highs of 25°C+ to near freezing at night. Average daytime temperatures on the Jebal Akhdar plateau were 10°-15°C but there is little shelter and so day long exposure to the sun meant that runners needed to guard against heat and dehydration. The race was carried out in semi autonomy and runners were responsible for their progress and well being between checkpoints.
The 2018 Oman by UTMB® event took place from November 29th to December 1st 2018.
• 137 km and 7800m ascent
• 300 runners
• Started on Thursday 29/11 at 19 :30 from Birkat al Mouz (near Nizwa)
• Finished Al Hamra
• Cut off time 44 hours
• ITRA Endurance Point 6
• Full course information at https://omanbyutmb.com/the-race/
• Prize giving – Afternoon of 1 December.
• Registration was only possible via the internet on a first come first served basis.