Ultra X Jordan (previously the Wadi Rum Ultra) takes place in the land of Lawrence of Arabia. The mystical desert course takes competitors past historic sites, into dramatic wadis and over magnificent sand dunes.
Wadi Rum’s nickname is “The Valley of the Moon” and participants will quickly see why. Its landscape, characterised by unique towering rock formations, is truly mind-blowing, as is the challenge. As locations go, this place is unrivalled in its beauty.
What happens when you register
Once you have registered for a race;
You will be sent an email inviting you to a call with a member of our team. This is by no means mandatory but it will allow you to ask us any questions you may have regarding the event, training, food, equipment and anything else at all. We’re a really friendly bunch and love getting to know our runners before we meet you in person.
You will be asked if you would like to be added to the competitor Facebook and Whatsapp groups. Of course you do not have to but they are a great way to get to know your fellow competitors before you reach the start line.
You will be invited to a number of short video calls where we’ll go through kit/equipment, food and pre-event preparation. You’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions you like.
We have some of the most relaxed cut-offs in the industry. To us, it’s not about what time you get, it’s the adventure you have along the way. On average you will have between 2hrs 45 mins to complete each 10km (in-between checkpoints). Exact race cut-offs can be found in the race information pack.
If you don’t finish
In the event that you cannot finish a stage at one of our events, instead of sending you home, you are welcome to stay on and attempt the next day. If however, you cannot make it through another day you will unfortunately have to head home under your own steam. In this case you will be offered entry into the following edition of the race at half price.
All finishers will receive a race medal. Different medal ribbons will be awarded based upon the finishing times outlined below.
As part of our Sustainability Policy, the Green Ribbon will be awarded to the competitor that displays the highest commitment to reducing their environmental impact both in preparation for and during the race (as determined by the organisers).
Under 27 hours
Under 30 hours
Over 30 hours
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We understand that competitors may wish to travel to Jordan with family or friends. Should they wish to enjoy the country while you race, we highly recommend visiting the following sights. Alternatively, you can visit them together after the event.
If one of your party would like to volunteer at the race while you take part, they can complete the Volunteer Application Form and we will do our best to accommodate them.
Jordan’s capital has numerous ancient ruins, including the Temple of Hercules, Umayyad Palace, and the Roman Theatre.
A salt lake located at the lowest point on Earth, between Jordan and Israel, and surrounded by the Negev Desert.
Lost City of Petra
An ancient city carved from rose-sandstone cliffs around 312 BC and one of the new seven wonders of the world.
What others say
“I went to Jordan to run 250km in 5 days. But what I got in return was so much more. The Wadi Rum desert makes a spectacular backdrop for a multi-day ultra race. It has a unique beauty that sometimes borders on being hostile. The race is infused with local flavour and it is impossible to forget you are blessed with a unique opportunity not available to all. Running was done on clearly marked routes, although it boggles my mind how the course team could translate the hand drawn map to real life. When you sign up for a desert race you expect to do sand running. Don’t be fooled by the absence of huge sand dunes. You will run in sand for miles and miles. Full moon and starlit skies will rejuvenate you between stages. The support and medical crews do a wonderful job of keeping you safe, hydrated and in high spirits on route and at camp. If you ever consider signing up for this event be prepared to do a tough ultra, but also expect to walk away with your soul filled with wonder and new perspective.”
“I haven’t yet found a way to succinctly describe such an epic week.”
“I’ve done a few ultras around the world but the beauty of Wadi Rum really sets it apart from the rest. The rock formations look like they have been carefully sculpted by man, it’s impossible to believe they’re just the product of millions of years of erosion. At night the stars are incredible. It’s nice and cool in the early morning but at midday, depending on where you are on the course, it feels like you’re on Mars. I loved this event.”
“I can honestly say this was a totally life changing experience. From the incredible crew of medics and osteopaths to the cracking camaraderie experienced every night at camp. No shame was spared, and all limits were broken (in every single sense). Incredible friendships formed and many, many memories made. For someone with so many words, I’m not sure I’ll ever find enough to explain this adventure. Team Ultra X, you’re bloody epic, and I cannot thank you enough (even with the extra kms added to the 12 hour running day). Wadi Rum, over and out.”
“This was the best week of my life.”
“Take 70+ participants across 20+ nationalities, diverse generations and backgrounds. Have them supported by an amazing crew of 30+ super fab individuals (volunteers, medics, osteopaths, media team). Have them run 250 KM in 5 days across the Wadi Rum, one of the most fascinating desert on earth. Make them sweat, cry, laugh … make them feel ALIVE! Jamie & Sam, thank you for creating something MAGIC!”