Muscat: Registration for the Sultanate of Oman’s first ever OMAN by UTMB® challenge opened on May 4 with a goal of 300 runners.
OMAN by UTMB®, which is to be held on November 29 will take an international field off the beaten track on a remote and rugged non-stop 137km (85 mile) course, with long and technical climbs through breath-taking dramatic mountainous landscapes.
Hosted by Oman Sail and supported by UTMB® International and the organisers of UTMB® Mont-Blanc, the route is designed to highlight Oman’s natural beauty and will include the historic town of Birkat Al Mawz and the 2,200m heights of Jebel Akhdar, the Green Mountain.
OMAN by UTMB® also offers special benefits for runners planning to enter the lottery to run in the heavily-oversubscribed UTMB® Mont-Blanc event created in 2003 in Chamonix, France, which has grown to become the ‘world summit of trail running’.
Finishers will earn the maximum number of six qualifying points, valid for three years instead of the usual two and will save one year in the UTMB® Mont-Blanc registration process.
This will double the chance for first-time applicants in the entry lottery for 2019, and guarantee entry in 2019 for those reapplying a second time after being unsuccessful in 2018.
“OMAN by UTMB® will meet every requirement of the UTMB® brand with a challenging mountain course and an extraordinary adventure in a truly breath-takingly beautiful destination,” said UTMB®Mont-Blanc Race Director, Michel Poletti.
“The Sultanate is like no other place I’ve run before,” he adds. “Spectacular scenery, incredible, huge mountains and warm people. It’s a must-do event!”