Day 1, 21km
The first stage is only 20 km but is the acclamation to the race, so even if is not particularly hard, it is very challenging for most runners. On day one the backpack is at its maximum weight, many runners just arrived in Oman and they are not used to this climate. The start is next to the big fort and the castle and the course takes the runners through the oasis and towards the desert. The first 10 kilometers of this stage are on flat and compact sand, but then the runners have to enter deep into desert and face high dunes and a big climb, this section of 8 kilometers it had very challenging ground. After this part they descended the dunes and reach the Al Wasil castle where a local crowd will welcome them at the finish line.