Organisers say first OMAN by UTMB event on November 29 will feature some of the world's best known ultra runners
Some of the world's best ultra-marathon runners have signed up to take part in the first OMAN by UTMB race which is set to be held in November.
Organisers said in a statement that high demand for a place in the 137km event has seen hundreds sign up, including many of the best-known members of the international ultra-trail community.
Registration for a place in the November 29 event will stay open until September 30.
Among the elite runners registered are the USA’s Jim Walmsley, the 2017 Ultra Runner of the Year and currently the world number one in the global rankings.
Joining him will be the Lithuanian-born 2016 Ultra Trail World Tour champion Gediminas Grinius, and the Swiss 2017 Ultra Trail World Tour champion Andrea Huser.
Also among the athletes representing no fewer than 49 countries are Jason Schlarb, the top US finisher in the 2014 UTMB Mont Blanc, former Swedish track athlete Ida Nilsson, Swiss runner Diego ‘Zpeedy’ Pazos, and Wyoming-based Meredith Edwards, one of the leading female runners on the circuit.
“Ultra-trail runners enjoy the challenge of mountain courses and the beauty of the natural environment, and judging by the rush to enter, OMAN by UTMB appears to have captured that enthusiasm in full,” said Salma Al Hashmi, Oman Sail chief marketing officer.
“The authentic and unique landscapes of the sultanate, particularly the route that takes in the heights of Jebel Akhdar, the Green Mountain, will provide an exciting and competitive event for hundreds who have seized the opportunity to take part in this first edition.”
OMAN by UTMB, hosted by event organiser Oman Sail and supported by UTMB International and the organisers of UTMB Mont-Blanc, will take the growing field on a remote and rugged course, with long and technical climbs and a total vertical gain of more than 7,800 metres.