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Dubai set to host world's longest desert race

Second edition of Dubai's Al Marmoom Ultramarathon will be held in December, has been extended to 300km

Dubai set to host world's longest desert race

The second edition of Dubai’s Al Marmoom Ultramarathon, the world’s longest desert race, will take place on December 9–13.

Organised under the umbrella of Dubai Sports Council, Al Marmoom Ultramarathon brings the world’s most famous ultra-runners to Dubai to compete as they cross a record breaking 300km of tough desert terrain in the Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve.

The race, which has been extended to 300km this year, has a prize pot of $100,000.

Saeed Hareb, secretary general of Dubai Sports Council, said: “The first edition of the Al Marmoom Ultramarathon was one of the highlights of Dubai’s sporting calendar in 2018, attracting elite ultra-runners from 48 different nations, who took on one of the world’s most challenging but scenic terrain, crossing 270km in four days.

“The distance has been increased to 300km for the second edition of Al Marmoom Ultramarathon and come December, we are looking forward to creating endurance history once again.”

The race also offers shorter distances of 110km and 50km.

Ruth Dickinson, event director, said the 300km race is to be completed in five days and over four separate routes starting from the base camp situated in Al Qudra while the 110km race will be a non-stop 24 hour run through day and night and the 50km race is to be completed in one day."

The organisers are encouraging runners who wish to sign up and prepare for the event to join the weekly build up runs program which will start August 30 and run for 12 weeks leading up to the main event.

To register for the Al Marmoom Ultramarathon, visit the website registration link at http://ultramarathon.ae/ultrarunner.html

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