08 Nov 4th Oman Desert Marathon – Stage 4
Literary a breath-taking stage: 24 kilometers of suspense and intense competition for the leading group, but also for the other runners. The race was literally dominated by Evgenii Glyva, that started fast as a rocket, following his usual strategy, and keeping the first position with a good advantage for about 18 kilometers. This time it seemed to be successful in calculating the timing and speed. Both the staff and the competitors felt that today, finally, he would have conquered the first place on the podium. As in the Road Runner & Wile E Coyote, the duo from the Looney Tunes, Rachid and Evgenii seem always to play a game where the Ukrainian runner have the same faith of Wilie. The situation completely changed at kilometer 18, where the Elmorabity took control of the race. Second place for Salameh Alaqra and third for Sami Alsaidi. Also today Evgenii Glyva in fourth place, followed by Mossa Albalushi. Another group was a very taught competition: the Spanish Juan Maria Jimenez Llorens, Sondre Amdahl from Norway, Ahmed Alsalti from Oman and the French Lionel Poletti had been chasing each other all the time. Almost at the end the Spanish passed Amdahl, that was in front of him for almost all the race. Poletti and Alsalti arrived a few minutes later.
Last runner to cross the finish line the Omani Miaad Alsubhi in 7 hours and 55 minutes, just 5 minutes before the cut-off time, first Omani female runner to compete this stage.
This stage was supposed to be a fast and easy stage, with a change of scenario and a more compact sand. Many runners, even if they adapted to the desert are now starting to suffer from the lower caloric intake: the daily average is about 2200 Kcal, and some of them stay out in the desert moving for about 8 hours. The panorama gradually shifted from the high red dunes of the previous stages to smaller dunes of golden sand. From now on the sand will shift gradually to white. The competitors will have long rest at the camp for about 24 hours: tomorrow stage will be longest of the race, 42 kilometers, and the runners will start in two groups in the late afternoon and experience the magic of being in the desert at night.