World's longest marathon coming to Dubai

Massive four-day desert trek will take place over the dunes this December

UAE fitness fanatics can put their endurance to the ultimate test - as the world's longest marathon gets set to take over the dunes of Dubai.

The gruelling five-day trek, which will be hosted at Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve, will cover a distance of 270km.

The event will be held from December 11 to December 15, with prizes up for grabs in three categories, male, female and a team award.

A trophy and a top prize of Dh22,000 will go to the winner, with further prizes on offer for the second and third place finishers.

Entrants will also be able to take part in continuous 100km and 50km ultramarathons.

All three distances will include check points along the route where there will be water, time keeping, medical and race crew on hand.

Runners who reserve a spot before September 1 will be eligible for a discounted race fee.

For the 270km run, the Dhs5,800 fee (rising to Dh6,100 if booked after September 1) includes bus transport, accommodation in a camp, a main meal before the race starts, a road map to help you navigate the route, as well as a medal and t-shirt when you finish.

Entrants need to be aged over 18 years old and provide a medical certificate to show their ability to participate in the race.

The conservation reserve, spanning 10 per cent of the Dubai emirate’s total area, was launched by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, at the start of the year.

The Marmoom Reserve project is the first unfenced desert conservation reserve in the country and is playing host to more than 20 environmental, cultural and sports initiatives.

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