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Champions to defend title at world's longest desert race in Dubai

Rachid El Mourabity and Magdalena Boulet will be back in Dubai to defend their Al Marmoom Ultramarathon crowns

Champions to defend title at world's longest desert race in Dubai

Rachid El Mourabity and Magdalena Boulet, the two defending champions, will be back in Dubai to defend their Al Marmoom Ultramarathon crown when the world’s longest desert race takes place from December 9-13.

El Mourabity of Morocco and American Boulet took the men’s and women’s crown in the inaugural edition of the Al Marmoom Ultramarathon last December.

El Mourabity clocked 31 hours, 17 minutes and 29 seconds across the four-day and 270km race, with Boulet finishing with a time of 37:27:59.

Both have now confirmed, along with a number of other elite ultra-runners, for the second edition of the Al Marmoom Ultramarathon, which will be a longer 300km race and spread across five days with a prize purse of $100,000.

“Some of the world’s best endurance and ultramarathon runners, including the defending champions Rachid El Mourabity and Magdalena Boulet, will be back in Dubai to take part in the second edition of the Al Marmoom Ultramarathon,” said Nasser Aman Al Rahma, assistant secretary general of the Dubai Sports Council.

“The first edition of the Al Marmoom Ultramarathon was a huge success with elite ultra-runners from 48 countries taking part in the 270km race.

“This year, the Al Marmoom Ultramarathon is going to be even bigger and better. The distance has been increased to 300km, and so the competition is going to be stiffer. We have developed a special GPS system to track participants this year and there will be drones covering the full race."

Alongside the main event, the race also offers lesser distances of 110km and 50km.

The 300km race will be completed in five days and over four separate routes starting from the base camp situated in Al Qudra. The 110km race will be a non-stop 24 hour run, while the 50km race will be completed in one day.

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

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