Ultra X Jordan
07 October 2019
From the organiser
**IMPORTANT NOTE: The full ticket price is GBP 995 pp for individual entry & GBP 890 for team entry (team is 3 or more). The GBP 300 is a non-refundable deposit only.**Ultra X Jordan (previously the Wadi Rum Ultra) takes participants through the land of Lawrence of Arabia. The mystical course takes competitors through historic sites, into dramatic Wadis and over magnificent sand dunes.Ultra X Jordan - Wadi Rum Ultra is a multi-day ultra-marathon, run over 5 days in Southern Jordan in October each year.Wadi Rum's nickname is 'the valley of the moon' and you will see why.Its landscape, characterized by unique towering rock formations will truly blow you away, as will the challenge. As locations go, this place is unrivaled in its beauty.
Included In Your Fee:As well as the below, entrants will receive discounts from top sports nutrition and equipment suppliers.Transfers (airport/race start/race finish/hotel/airport)Accommodation for every night from 6–14th OctoberRace entryWater (rationed)Medical teamGround assistanceMinimal insuranceIndividual rankings or team rankings for registered teamsMedalT-shirt
Competitors will arrive in Amman on Saturday October 5th, where they will be met and transported by the race organisers to a hotel in Amman for the night. After briefings and kit checks on Sunday morning everyone is transported to Wadi Rum and to camp at stage 1. The course takes participants through historic sites, into dramatic Wadis and over magnificent sand dunes covering a total distance of 156.25 miles (250km).Wadi Rum’s nickname is ‘the valley of the moon’ and you will see why. Its landscape will truly blow you away, as will the challenge. As locations go, this place is unrivaled.Each day from Monday to Friday will involve one stage, which will commence between 0600 and 0900am, and range between 30 and 80 kilometers. There will be checkpoints each 10km where competitors can access water, shelter, and if necessary medical support.Each night competitors will camp in a different location at the finish line, where they can enjoy physiotherapy, foot treatment, hot water and wild camps specifically chosen to showcase the very best of the local area.Wednesday will comprise of the ultimate challenge- the “Long Stage” an 80km day starting in the dark guided by the moon, and, for some, finishing in it.It is here that competitors will spend Friday night, and have a chance to enjoy the first real food they may have had in a week. Ultra X will put on a prize-giving ceremony, celebratory dinner and a chance to unwind whilst enjoying local entertainment.RoutesThe routes may change slightly each year depending on the weather and other varying factors. The organizers create each leg to take in the most beautiful and challenging aspects of the desert region.Ultra X Jordan – Wadi Rum Ultra is open to individuals and teams, elite runners and those who are keen to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. The challenge is open to people from all around the world.Course markingsThe course route will be marked out very well at roughly 40m intervals depending on terrain. Areas where competitors are likely to be running in darkness, will be illuminated and are likely to have course marshals more frequently.If you are in a situation where you are really stuck then you can always wait for other competitors and work it out together. However, the best way to avoid any mishaps is to listen to the course directions given out each morning.It is virtually impossible for you to get lost. There are flags, or other bright markers, every 40 metres and there are checkpoints every 10km. You will also be given a tracker upon registration so race organisers will be able to keep tabs on where you are.
ItinerarySaturdayCompetitors will arrive into Amman on Saturday 5th October, where they will be met at Queen Alia international airport and transported by the race organisers to a hotel in Amman for the night.SundayAfter introductions, briefings and kit checks on Sunday morning everyone is transported to camp in the desert.Monday: 40kmTuesday: 55kmWednesday: 70kmThursday: 50kmFriday: 30kmAfter the last stage on Friday the organisers host a big camp fire and BBQ for the last night in the desert. This will be your first taste on non-dehydrated food in a week! The prize giving and awards ceremony will also take place. It’s a special night for all present.SaturdayOn Saturday morning buses will take competitors to the lost city of Petra for the day. In the afternoon, coaches will drive competitors back to a hotel in Amman for the last night.SundayParticipants will be transferred to the airport for return
Suitable footwearLong before the start of the race you will need to decide upon the right footwear. The heat and friction will not only put your shoes under extreme stress, but it will also cause your feet to swell. Of course as you would before any run, you must ensure they are worn in. The same can be said for the rest of your gear and rucksack – it must be comfortable. Whether to use trail/ road shoes is at the choice of each competitor. The course is split betweentechnical and hard trail, but road shoes should be sufficient.ClothingWhat you run in is up to you. You should try different options and work out what you feel comfortable with. As you have a bag carried between campsites you have the luxury of being able to bring a change of clothes for during the week, and something to keep you warm in the evenings when the temperature will drop.
SafetyJordan is one of the safest countries in the Middle East. Ultra X always follows the instruction of the UK foreign office. Before travelling it’s always a good idea to visit a travel doctor to discuss vaccines and medication.SleepingThe living accommodation consists of a bivouac or tent shared by between 2–20 competitors. Once you have been allocated your group, these people will become your close friends and support. There is no doubt that one of the best things about the race are the lifelong friends you make. Competitors will have to carry essential safety equipment (such as water bottles, gels, basic medical kits, a whistle etc.) in their rucksacks but unlike other races they will not have to carry their food and other gear as this is transported between each campsite.