01 May Oman Desert Marathon 2018: Stage 5
On the last article, we described the third stage of the race. If you missed it you can find it here.
DAY 6 – STAGE 5
The Night Marathon stage is the longest stage of the race, 42.3 km and 1450 m of ascent with 1550 meters of descent.
To many runners, this stage may appear as the most difficult of the race. It isn’t. If you did it until this point you can make it to the end. The torrid stages are already passed, the high dunes are almost all climbed, the softest sand is gone.
From now on you are running downhill towards the Arabic Sea.
This stage gives 3 big advantages to the runners:
- You will have almost one day of rest, as the stat is in the afternoon.
- The sand is compact, and you will be following a desert path.
- You will run a significative part of it at night, with a mild climate.
There is no morning wake up on day 6, and you can sleep as much as you want. During the morning a yoga and a stretching session are organized for the runners willing to participate, and the photographers are available for a personal photo shooting of all the runners. In Oman Desert Marathon all the photos are included in the price, so you will not be asked for an extra to get the Hi-Res pictures.
The Night Marathon stage will have refreshments every 10 km and the route is marked with vertical led blade lights, each light is visible from the previous one. It is impossible to get lost.
After lunch there is a briefing and the runners are divided in two start groups: the fastest runners will start 2 hours later, in order to give to all participants time to arrive at the finish line and have some time left to sleep before the final rush, the last few kilometers to get to the Ocean and be an Oman Desert Marathon Finisher.
Stay tuned for the last stage.
Comment it on our Facebook page.
More about of stage 5?
Read the comments of the runners, watch the videos and pictures of the previous editions. Oman Desert Marathon 2017
Please note that the course is slightly changed, consider as valid the technical info of this article and not the description of the past editions