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6th Oman Desert Marathon, 2019 ed.

6th Oman Desert Marathon - Bidiyah, Oman, Oman. 2019 edition.

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 07:30

Note: "6th Oman Desert Marathon" is NOT organized by goandrace.com

6th Oman Desert Marathon, map centered on Bidiyah, Oman

6th Oman Desert Marathon
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Information about 6th Oman Desert Marathon, 2019 ed.

Running event name: 6th Oman Desert Marathon

Date and Time: Friday, November 15, 2019 - 07:30

City: Bidiyah, Oman

Address: Bidiyah

c/o: Bidiyah

Country: Oman

Latitude and longitude: 22.442843 58.800329

About the event:
165 kilometers in 6 self-sufficient stages to discover
the most remote and untouched sands and the highest dunes
of the Oman Desert on the tracks of the ancient caravans.
From the Oasis of Bidiyah to the Arabian Sea.
The course will start from the Oasis of Bidiyah and finish on the shore of the Arabian Sea. Six stages and six different perspectives of one of the most beautiful deserts of the world: red, golden and white sands will give make this journey unique and always different, in a scenario that doesn’t know the monotony.

Other notes:

Virtual Race? No

Trail? Yes

Cross country event? No

Multi-stage event? Yes, 1 stages for a total of 165 km (=102.548 mi)

Initiatives for children and families: No information

How to apply and entry fee:
€ 1500 all inclusive (except flight)

Award Description:

1 1st OMR 400
2 2nd OMR 300
3 3rd OMR 200


1 1st OMR 400
2 2nd OMR 300
3 3rd OMR 200


1 1st OMR 400
2 2nd OMR 300
3 3rd OMR 200

The Oldest runner trophy

Omani nationals rankings

1st prize: trophy

2nd prize: trophy

3rd prize: trophy

Dressing rooms:
Toilets, showers, hot water and tents at camps

Aid stations:
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.

Day 2, 25 km

The start line of the second stage is just next to a very high dune, and the basecamp faces it, reminding all the time to the participants what they will face the next day. The start time IS at 6.30 AM, just a few minutes after the sunrise. The mild temperature helps the runners to climb this high dune and the course followed its crest for about 4 kilometers, this section is a continuous up and down of small soft dunes.

Day 3, 27km

“This stage will make the difference, not only for the top runners but also for the rest of the group” – explains the Oman Desert Marathon Race Director. That’s because this section is one of the hardest stages of the race: now the runners are in the middle of the desert, far away from ant sign of human presence and surrounded by virgin sands and untouched nature. The 27 km of the third stage are characterized by a fast start of 2 km and then 3 difficult sections of soft dunes, with in between little sections faster and easier ground. The first checkpoint and refreshment is located at km 10,5 , just after a high dune and on an immense plateau. The horizon at the end of the plateau marks the beginning of the second challenging section and at the end of it, at km 20 there is another checkpoint and refreshment located just on the top of the dune.

Day 4, 28 km

“The previous stages headed south, now we start moving east towards the Arabian Sea, this change of direction will take us to a different landscape: smaller dunes with small spots of green grass and more compact sand”” – explains Ahmed Al Malki, the Oman Desert Marathon Race Director. Stage four has 3 refreshment points and two checkpoints: water at kilometer five and checkpoints with water at kilometer 12 and 22.
We are now at the fourth day of self sufficiency: the runners that decided to carry less food and did not eat much, are now losing energy and for them the race is getting harder and harder, even if this stage is easier than the previous one.
During this stage many runners are also getting tired mentally: this kind of race puts all the runners on an immense mental stress.

Day 5, 42,195 km

The Marathon stage is the longest stage of all the race, with 42,195 km takes the runners to the last camp before the end of the race, the start hour is at 15.00 for the most of the runners, just the first 20 will be allowed to start at 17.00.

Even if this stage is almost at the end of the Oman Desert Marathon and is the longest, runners will enjoy it and find it less difficult than the second and the third one. Running in the desert at night is something magic, the fresh air and the total absence of human activity makes the sky very bright and transmits the incredible energy of this landscapes. The course is smooth, and after the first 15 kilometers of soft sand the ground becomes very compact and easy to run, following a desert path along the some vegetation. Runners will pass by a Bedouin house and see their camels and goats while feeding with the desert grass and bushes. This will be the first sign of human presence after 3 stages of uncontaminated desert. The sun will go down down at about 6 PM and the temperature will drop down: this conditions made the last kilometers relatively fast also for the slowest runners.
All the course is marked by led lights one in sight of the other: getting lost was almost impossible. If this happens the cars of the organization that are monitoring constantly the runners will see the fluorescent stick attached to everybody backpack, in order to make all runners visible from far.

Day 6, 23 km

All runners will wake up a little bit later and have some more time to sleep after the night stage. Race will start at 9. This stage has just one refreshment point at km 10,5 and the course is easy and smooth as the Marathon Stage, for the first 12 kilometers. A dese

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6th Oman Desert Marathon course map, 2019 ed.

# Length Race type Course map and gpx file Terrain type
Stage 1 165 km
(102.5 mi)
Ultramarathon Not available Mostly asphalt

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