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Petra Desert Marathon, Jordon

Date: 3 September, 2022

The Petra Desert Marathon was one of the few races that went ahead in 2021. We are delighted to be launching the 2022 edition of this stunning, if challenging adventure marathon set in the beautiful desert region of Jordan. It is a run back in time. 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 consi…

The Petra Desert Marathon was one of the few races that went ahead in 2021. We are delighted to be launching the 2022 edition of this stunning, if challenging adventure marathon set in the beautiful desert region of Jordan. It is a run back in time. 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 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.
  
The Race:
 
From the start line in the Street of Facades, the route goes through the ancient city of Petra where you will find yourself surrounded by tombs, caves and monasteries carved out of the mountainside.

A 2km uphill section on paved road leads runners out of the Petra Archaeological Park boundaries 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”. From Siq al Bard at Little Petra, the route returns back on s tarmac road heading towards the village of Ammarine. Just before the village the course divides: half marathon runners continue straight through the village while marathon runners turn left on the road leading to Wadi Araba to do an 8K stretch that runs past incredible rock formations rarely visited by normal tourists.

Just after the 30km mark the marathon runners find themselves back at Ammarine village where the marathon and half marathon course merge again. From here, the route goes uphill to a mountain ridge for the next five kilometres, but the effort is rewarded with an astonishing view back out over most of the marathon route and the mountains covering Petra. On this mountain ridge, the surface becomes gravel for 3 kilometres before you reach the final leg a 4K descent 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.

There is a five-bhour cut off  route 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:

UK passport holders can obtain a visa upon arrival in Jordan by British Passport Holders - currently JOD40 (approx £45).

 

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