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The route is run on a mixture of gravel and paved roads. The surface in the desert sections are sand with loose rocks. From the start line in the Street of Facades, the route goes through the ancient city of Petra and right away you will find yourself surrounded with tombs, caves and monasteries carved out in the mountainsides.
A 2km uphill section on paved road leads runners out of the Petra Archaeological Park boundaries and via the main road towards the desert on hilly tarmac road.
After 6 kilometres, the route leaves the asphalt road and continues into the desert. Half marathon runners take the direct way to the river bed gorge “Siq Al Bard” while marathon runners have to do a loop around the hill top “Al Musirh”. Leaving Siq al Bard at Little Petra, the route is back on the tarmac road heading towards the village of Ammarine.
Just before the village half marathon runners continue straight through the village while marathon runners turn left on the road leading to Wadi Araba to do a 8km back tracking stretch running past incredible rock formations that only few tourists visit.
When passing the 30km mark, full marathon runners find themselves back at Ammarine village and merge again with the half marathon course. From here, the route goes uphill to a mountain ridge for the next 5 kilometres, but the strenuous efforts are rewarded with an astonishing view over most of the marathon route, the mountains covering Petra and on clear days even Israel can be seen.
On this mountain ridge the surface becomes gravel for the next 3 kilometres. The final 4 kilometres are steep downhill running on paved roads towards the finish line.
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The entry fee for the Petra Desert Marathon is included in the package
There are no qualifying times required for the Petra Desert Marathon
Marathon runners must be minimum 18 years old on race day.
Petra Desert Marathon has a scheduled start time of 06:30am.
All runners have 7 hours to complete the race. Runners still on the route after the cut-off time will be picked up by a race official or medical car and driven back to the finish area.
Five hours after the start, however, the route closes at the 30km mark meaning that runners who haven’t passed this point at 11:30 will not be allowed to finish the race.
Timing is done manually with internationally approved stop watches.
A timing chip is not needed. Results will be published shortly after the race is completed.
These will be given out to you on arrival into Petra
There are no official pace setters for the Petra Desert Marathon
There will be water stations at approximately every 4 kilometres along the route.
Some stations will also serve energy drinks and bananas.
All stations provide bottled water.
Marathon runners will be offered energy gel after 26km and 35km.
Personal Refreshments and Clothing
It is possible to have personal supplies delivered to selected drinks stations. Marathon runners can leave personal refreshments at four drink stations. The personal supplies can be food, drink, sunscreen or other personal necessities.
As the route offers little shade it is recommended to run in light-weight and light-coloured clothes. We also recommend you wear a cap and the use of sunscreen with high protection.
There are no restrictions to clothing and women and men alike can run in shorts, tights, tank tops etc. On race day morning, runners can check in personal items needed after the race.
After the event Water and a sandwich lunch are given to all participants. Checked-in bags can be picked up at the bag check-out area.
All runners must meet at the Petra Visitor Centre (within walking distance from your hotel) and from there you walk 2.5 kilometers through the Siq and past the Treasury to the start line at the Street of Facades.t
The finish line is located near the Petra Visitor Centre where you will make your short way back to your hotel.
There will not be an Expo.
Finishers T-shirts, Medals and Certificates
All runners who complete the marathon within the time limit will receive a medal after crossing the finish line.
The official race event shirt will be included in your race pack.
September brings the beginning of Autumn with the daytime temperatures a little cooler at 29C degrees with the temperate reaching a minimum of 15 degrees at night.
Run from the ancient city carved in the sandstone-mountains and through the lunar-like landscape of the Jordanian desert.
The Petra Desert Marathon is part of a five-day tour package with great opportunity to explore one of the new 7 Wonders of the World.
A guided tour, a full day to visit on your own and of course the start of the race will make you see parts of this UNESCO World Heritage site that most never will.
With a grand celebration dinner under the stars, a relaxing dip in the Dead Sea and the opportunity to extend your trip on a Cultural or Adventure tour, you will be flying back home with a suitcase full of memories from this friendly country.
Travelling Fit is an accredited travel agency which offers a full range of services to our clients. This enables us to book your flights and additional touring to help us assist you in creating your perfect holiday experience.
- 5 Day / 4 Night Package
- Guaranteed Race Entry (runners only)
- 4 Nights Accommodation
Check in: Thu 24 Aug / Check out: Mon 28 Aug 2017
- Visa on arrival
- Transportation as per itinerary
- 3 Day entry to Petra
- English speaking tour leader
- Meals as per itinerary
- Celebration Dinner
- Personalised Travelling Fit 2XU Running Top
exclusive to Travelling Fit clients
- Event Running T Shirt & Finishers Medal
- Invite to Travelling Fit VIP Facebook Group
exclusive to Travelling Fit runners
Deposit: $750 per Runner and per Supporter
Second Installment: $200 due 28 February 2017
Balance Due: 29 May 2017