165 kilometers in 6 self-sufficient stages to discover
the most remote and untouched sands and the highest dunes
of the Oman Desert on the tracks of the ancient caravans.
From the Oasis of Bidiyah to the Arabian Sea.
Once you arrive in Oman, you will be our guest and we will gladly welcome you with the legendary hospitality of the people of the desert. Food, soft drinks, accommodation, and transfers will be provided by the organization.
At the end of this momentous journey a special meal will be offered to all the runners and the last day is spent resting, visiting the Omani beauties and attending the Gala Night with the prize giving ceremony
The course will start from the Oasis of Bidiyah and finish on the shore of the Arabian Sea. Six stages and six different perspectives of one of the most beautiful deserts of the world: red, golden and white sands will give make this journey unique and always different, in a scenario that doesn’t know the monotony.
All runner are completely self-sufficient, requiring them to carry all of their own equipment except for water which is provided at checkpoints at approximately every 10 km intervals. The organization will not provide sleeping mats or sleeping bags at the camps. Carrying all they need for five days is a an enormous challenge, more so than running 165 km, and this is fundamental to the experience of the authentic desert life.
The Oman Desert Marathon course is designed to embrace the desert experience, and the Oman desert is one of the most beautiful locations for such an event. Six stages of 20 km, 25 km, 27 km , 28 km, 42 km and 23 km take the runners into the Oman Desert with a variety of landscapes and sand conditions giving the runner a complete desert experience, including a night stage that will take the runners through the magic of the desert illuminated by the stars, from the desert to the beautiful beaches of the Arabian Sea.
The Oman Desert Marathon offers maximum safety and personal attention to all runners, by monitoring the runners and the race from vantage points that will not interfere with the sense of vastness and loneliness of the desert but making sure that nobody gets lost and that everybody can call or be spotted for help promptly. The race is organized by an Omani team, with the full support of the Government and the local communities: the runners will feel safe and welcome throughout this odyssey.
The 165 km course is divided into 6 stages that many top runners of the Marathon Des Sables choose as the best place to train. The course is also the perfect choice for the less experienced runner who wants to embrace the magic of the life in the desert without running over prolonged distances.
The last day runners can enjoy the thermal springs of Wadi Bani Khalid, an ideal location to relax and recover after completing this contest of stamina and human competition and visit Nizwa Fort , One of the most visited places in the Sultanate, the Nizwa Fort Oman is a combination of a castle, a fort and a museum. This great example of old Omani architecture is quite unique due to the circular shape of the tower which you can climb! Also you can visit in the same time the Nizwa souq The site of one of the oldest souqs in the country, this extensive marketplace is dedicated mostly to fruit and vegetables, meat and fish, all of which are housed in separate blocks behind the great, crenellated piece of city wall that overlooks the wadi. Part of the souq (nearest the fort) is dedicated to handicrafts and caters specifically to the passing tourist trade. People who want to relax in the camp they can ride camels and Buggies All of this activities not included in the fee except lunch
The country religion is Islam. Oman is a wealthy country where property crime is very rare. Oman is safe. A strict religious, moral and legal code means crime of any type is severely punished, and the deterrent is effective. Omanis are proud of the high level of security and peaceful life .Oman is a nation of peace of good and harmony, striving to spread high ideals and values that believe it is a salvation for humanity and to help everyone overcome the challenges and difficulties of a world of violence and tension .Omanis are also a very relaxed and polite people, so crime is not in their nature.
The economic value is an important aspect of racing abroad. Before and after the race, runners are guest at the ODM Camp.. Accommodation, food (both before and after the race), drinks, and transfers are all included. There are no hidden extras. At the end of this momentous journey a special meal will be offered to all the runners and the last day is spent resting and visiting the Omani beauties
Foreign visitors are generally made to feel very welcome in Oman, but you will be expected to strictly abide by their cultural ways. Oman remains a deeply traditional and conservative country and whilst it is becoming more open to tourists, old attitudes run deep. When visiting traditional Omani villages, you must respect the privacy of the locals, as this is considered their private space. Exercise discretion and behave in a friendly and open manner. Displaying affection in public is not illegal but it is frowned upon. Dressing appropriately in Oman is extremely important. Women should wear loose clothing with arms and legs always covered. If a skirt is worn it should at least be below the knee but wearing trousers is a preferable option. The dress code is less strict for men, although it’s not a good idea to wear shorts, ripped jeans or slogan t-shirts.