The second annual Al Marmoom Ultramarathon, the world’s longest desert race, will take place in Dubai from December 9 to 13, officials have announced.
The 300km event, held in the Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve, is set to draw the world’s most famous ultra-runners to the emirate.
Competitors will be vying for a share of the $100,000 in prize money. Endurance athletes can also take part in a 110km or 50km race.
"The distance has been increased to 300km for the second edition of the Al Marmoom Ultramarathon,” said Saeed Hareb, secretary-general of the Dubai Sports Council.
“Come December, we look forward to creating endurance history once again, experiencing new tales of the enduring determination of human spirit, bravery and camaraderie, as competitors help and motivate each other, with many crossing the finish line hand-in-hand."
"The 300km race is to be completed in five days and over four separate routes starting from the base camp situated in Al Qudra,” said Ruth Dickinson, event director.
“The 110km race will be a non-stop, 24-hour run through the day and night and the 50km race is to be completed in one day.
“All three races are self-sufficient, with water and tents supplied, as well as medical and safety support provided."
The organisers are encouraging runners who wish to sign up and prepare for the event to join the weekly "build-up runs" training programme, which will start Friday, August 30, and go on for 12 weeks.
"The build-up runs are an ideal opportunity to join the local ultra-running community and prepare for all three event distances,” said Danil Bornventure, race director.
“The weekly sessions will be taken by very experienced ultra-running coaches and are designed for all levels of the ultra-running experience to develop sand running skills and build endurance, as well as share experiences and training tips.
“We look forward to welcoming runners, and the sessions are free to join."