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Petra Desert Marathon

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Start Date
September 7 @ 7:00 am
End Date
September 7 @ 1:00 pm

Running a marathon in itself is already an impressive feat, but what about running a marathon in one of the world’s most magnificent archaeological sites that’s located in the middle of a desert? That’s the Petra Desert Marathon, and it’s a challenge that’s not for the faint of heart.
With breathtaking landscapes, ancient city structures, and a route that’s both challenging and exciting, running the Petra Desert Marathon is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that takes you to a time and place that an ordinary tourist would never get to see.

The History:

Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the “New Seven Wonders of the World,” has become the perfect backdrop for this race, which has taken place since 2010. The scenery is indeed breathtaking, from starting the race on a dusty road that’s surrounded by spectacular rock formations to the stunning view of The Treasury, a historic temple carved from sandstone when you reach the finish line.

The Course:

The course is a mixture of rocky, sandy, and dirt paths, and includes some uphill climbs and downhills, too. But the challenge is nothing compared to the breathtaking views that can leave a runner feeling inspired and awestruck. The most significant challenge, though, is not the heat, but the dust, which can get inside your shoes and mess up the alignment of your feet.

The Community:

But what makes the Petra Marathon unique is that it’s more than just a race. The local community is actively involved, providing food and drinks at the aid stations, and cheering the runners along the way. You’ll also get to interact with Bedouin children as you pass their villages, a glimpse of which is a rare experience. With live music to keep you motivated and entertained during the run, it’s an adventure that’s not just limited to the actual marathon race itself.

The Preparation:

Of course, it might take some preparation to get ready for the marathon. But with helpful recommendations from past participants and experts alike, running the Petra Desert Marathon is undoubtedly a doable adventure for any determined runner. Some recommendations include slowly acclimating to Jordan’s heat and practicing running on sandy terrain. While spectators are not allowed on the course to prevent potential damage to the historic site, you can still have friends or family members cheer you on from the starting area or watch the finish line.

The Petra Desert Marathon is an extraordinary adventure that’s worth embarking on, whether you’re an experienced marathon runner or not. With a challenging yet beautiful course that’s full of unique experiences, as well as the supportive local community, it’s a race that’s not just about running but about immersing yourself in the culture and history of Petra. So if you’re ready to conquer the desert, then the Petra Desert Marathon awaits you – let’s start training!

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Date :
07 September 2024
Time :
7:00 am - 1:00 pm
Categories :
Albatros Adventure Marathons
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