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Petra Desert Marathon, Jordon

Date: 26 August, 2017

The Petra Desert Marathon is a challenging adventure marathon set in the beautiful desert region of Jordan. Starting in the ancient city of Petra, the route takes runners on a remarkable race in the area surrounding Petra. From the lunar-like mountain landscape to the arid desert, runners navigate challenging terrain in the dry desert heat.   The event consists of a full and a half marathon and is part of a 4 or 5-night tour package which also includes social events, tours,hotel accommodation…

The Petra Desert Marathon is a challenging adventure marathon set in the beautiful desert region of Jordan. Starting in the ancient city of Petra, the route takes runners on a remarkable race in the area surrounding Petra. From the lunar-like mountain landscape to the arid desert, runners navigate challenging terrain in the dry desert heat.

 
The event consists of a full and a half marathon and is part of a 4 or 5-night tour package which also includes social events, tours,hotel accommodation, entry to the staggering historic site of Petra and a dip in the Dead Sea.
 
Our company director and London Marathon winner, Mike Gratton, will be escorting our group and running the half marathon - come and join us for one of the most extroadinary places on earth.
 
The Race:
 
From the start line in the Street of Facades, the route goes through the ancient city of Petra and right away you will find yourself surrounded with tombs, caves and monasteries carved out in the mountainsides.

A 2km uphill section on paved road leads runners out of the Petra Archaeological Park boundaries and via the main road towards the desert on hilly tarmac road.

After 6 kilometres, the route leaves the asphalt road and continues into the desert. Half marathon runners take the direct way to the river bed gorge “Siq Al Bard” while marathon runners have to do a loop around the hill top “Al Musirh”. Leaving Siq al Bard at Little Petra, the route is back on the tarmac road heading towards the village of Ammarine

Just before the village half marathon runners continue straight through the village while marathon runners turn left on the road leading to Wadi Araba to do a 8km back tracking stretch running past incredible rock formations that only few tourists visit.

When passing the 30km mark, full marathon runners find themselves back at Ammarine village and merge again with the half marathon course. From here, the route goes uphill to a mountain ridge for the next 5 kilometres, but the strenuous efforts are rewarded with an astonishing view over most of the marathon route, the mountains covering Petra and on clear days even Israel can be seen. On this mountain ridge the surface becomes gravel for the next 3 kilometres.

The final 4 kilometres are steep downhill running on paved roads towards the finish line.

Age limits:
 
Marathon 18yrs / Half Marathon 16yrs
 
Course time limits:

All runners have 7 hours to complete the race. Runners still on the route after the cut-off time will be picked up by a race official or medical car and driven back to the finish area.

Five hours after the start, however, the route closes at the 30km mark (13km mark for the half marathon) meaning that runners who haven’t passed this point at 11:30 will not be allowed to finish the race.

Visas:

A visa can be obtained upon arrival in Jordon by British Passport Holders and we have included the visa costs in the travel package - we will require a scanned copy of the Photo page of your Passport to enable us to process his for you.

 

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