03 Apr Our journey to discover the 6th Oman Desert Marathon starts today!
Stay with us, follow our facebook page and blog. During the next weeks, we will guide you to discover each stage of one of the most beautiful desert races of the world: the Oman Desert Marathon.
The Oman Desert Marathon is divided in 6 stages for a total of 165 km and 3850 meters of positive ascent. Unlike other well-known competitions across the deserts, the Oman Desert Marathon is entirely on sand and we do not cross any rocky or mountain section: 100% of sandy desert and all the ascent of the race is developed going up and down the big dunes of the Omani Desert.
The ODM is not just a race across the desert, once you land in Oman you will live a life lasting experience and have also the chance to discover Oman and its traditions. We will take care of all you need before and after the race.
On November 16th, we will meet at the international airport of Muscat, the capital of Oman, and at 11 AM our shuttle will take you to the base camp.
When choosing your flight consider that for the Visa formalities and the baggage collection it will take about one hour, so try to choose a flight that lands in Muscat not later than 9.30 of November 16th. We also provide a service of a private transfer, but this option is charged extra and should be chosen only if you don’t have other options for your incoming flight.
After a 2h30 min drive, we will arrive in Bidiyah, where you will find our fleet of 4×4 cars that will transfer small groups of 4 runners to our basecamp in the desert.
Once arrived at the base camp you will be accommodated and the lunch will be served.
You will have all the afternoon to review your equipment and to start to familiarize with this new scene. At 5 PM we will start the BIB distribution and equipment check, and at 7 there will be a Race Briefing with the Race Director and the Medical Staff. After the briefing, there is the tradition to climb the big dune next to the camp, to watch the sunset and take a picture before dinner.
After the picture, you will have your “last dinner” at a table. A very rich meal with meat and vegetables will be served to welcome you in Oman. Enjoy your meal and fill up all the energy possible for the race!
On November 17th the breakfast will be served at 5.30, as the race will start at 6.30 from the base camp. From this moment to the end of the race the runners will have to count only on the food they carry, however, the organization will provide unlimited drinking water to all the competitors.
Stay tuned for the next article: Stage 1 description, elevation profile, pictures, and map.