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Embark on an Arabian adventure and run the desert race of a lifetime!
Starting in the ancient city of Petra, the Petra Desert Marathon leads runners past the incredible tombs, mountainside carvings and caves before venturing into the arid, lunar-like landscapes of the Jordanian desert. Choose the marathon, half marathon or cheer on the runners!
Being rich in history, culture and scenic nature, Jordan offers its visitors superb possibilities for an exciting vacation. From the splendid ruins of Petra and the vast and awe-inspiring Wadi Rum desert, to a floating swim in the Dead Sea - Jordan has something for everyone to enjoy, not to mention the warm hospitality of the Jordanian people.
Age Limits and Cut-Off times
Marathon participants must be minimum 18 years old on race day and half marathon participants must be minimum 16 years old on race day. All runners have 7 hours to complete the race. Runners still on the route after the cut-off time will be picked up by a race official or medical car and driven back to the finish area.
Weather and Clothing
With temperatures as high as 25°C and a hilly, desert route offering very little shade, the Petra Desert Marathon is an arduous race. It is recommended that participants run in light-weight, light-coloured clothing. It is highly recommend the use of sunscreen with high protection and a cap. There are no clothing restrictions, so women and men alike can run in shorts, tights, tank tops etc.
A team of specialised doctors from Denmark and paramedics from Jordan will supervise the marathon and assist in case of injury or exhaustion. There will be water stations at approximately every 4 kilometres along the route. Some stations will also serve energy drinks and bananas. All stations provide bottled water. Marathon runners will be offered energy gel after 26km and 35km.
The Petra Desert Marathon features a classic 42.195 km Marathon and a Half Marathon. The Petra Desert Marathon is a hilly course with an ascent of roughly 1,200m and a descent of 1,100m. The race starts in the lost city of Petra, in the Street of Facades, the route goes through the ancient city of Petra and right away you will find yourself surrounded with tombs, caves and monasteries carved in the mountainsides. The participant numbers in 2017 was 187.