Ultra X Jordan


Ultra X Jordan


Ultra X Jordan












2–9 Oct 2021

As per cur­rent guidelines, we will be intro­du­cing a num­ber of pro­ced­ures to mit­ig­ate against the risk of Cov­id-19 trans­mis­sion and ensure our events are safe for par­ti­cipants, crew mem­bers, and the loc­al pop­u­la­tion. For more details, see our Cov­id-19 Trans­mis­sion Mit­ig­a­tion Policy.

ultra x jordan

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.



Com­pet­it­ors should arrive in Amman on or before Sat­urday 2nd Octo­ber, where they will trans­fer to their accom­mod­a­tion in the city. Those that wish to stay in the race hotel will have the option to book this when regis­ter­ing.


Race wel­come, safety brief­ings, and man­dat­ory kit checks will take place at the race hotel near Queen Alia Inter­na­tion­al Air­port at 09:00. All com­pet­it­ors are then trans­ferred to Wadi Rum desert and the first camp­site, where the race will start the fol­low­ing morn­ing.











On Fri­day even­ing after the race, the organ­isers host a big BBQ around the camp­fire for the last night in the desert, where the prize giv­ing and awards cere­mony also takes place.


On Sat­urday morn­ing, all com­pet­it­ors are trans­ferred to the lost city of Petra, which they can explore for a few hours before being trans­ferred back to Amman. For those with Sat­urday even­ing flights, we will arrive in Amman at approx­im­ately 18:00.


All good things must come to an end! Par­ti­cipants are free to trans­fer to the air­port on Sunday for return flights, or to begin their well deserved hol­i­day. For those stay­ing in coun­try, we sug­gest book­ing with a loc­al tour com­pany — please get in touch for recom­mend­a­tions.

Prize Money

The prize pot for Ultra X Jordan is £5,000 and will be split equally between genders. Prize money will be awar­ded to the over­all podi­um fin­ish­ers, indi­vidu­al stage win­ners, and the over­all mas­ters age cat­egory (50+) podi­um fin­ish­ers.

Over­all Podi­um (Men and Women)

1st — £1,000
2nd — £450
3rd — £200


Over­all Stage Win­ners (Men and Women)

Stage 1 Win­ner — £100
Stage 2 Win­ner — £100
Stage 3 Win­ner -£150 (long stage)
Stage 4 Win­ner — £100
Stage 5 Win­ner — £100

Over­all Mas­ters 50+ (Men and Women)

1st — £150
2nd — £100
3rd — £50

Medal Rib­bons

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).

Black Rib­bon

Under 27 hours

White Rib­bon

Under 30 hours

Blue Rib­bon

Over 30 hours

Green Rib­bon

Envir­on­ment­al award


1. Race entry

2. Accom­mod­a­tion dur­ing the race (3–8 Octo­ber)

3. Trans­fers between Amman and Wadi Rum desert

4. Med­ic­al staff on course and at all camp­sites

5. Drink­ing water at check­points on course and hot water
for pre­par­ing food at all camp­sites

6. Cel­eb­rat­ory meal and loc­al enter­tain­ment on the final night of the race

7. Ground assist­ance and full safety sup­port

8. Digit­al cop­ies of all images from event pho­to­graph­er

9. Individual/team rank­ings and ITRA points

10. Finisher’s medal

not included:

1. Flights

2. Accom­mod­a­tion before or after the race (accom­mod­a­tion at the race hotel can be pur­chased as an add-on at check­out)

3. Per­son­al food, kit and equip­ment (see kit list below)

4. Com­pre­hens­ive insur­ance (to cov­er can­cel­la­tions, loss of items, injury etc)

5. Train­ing costs

6. Spend­ing money

7. Trans­port home for run­ners who are
dis­qual­i­fied or with­draw early

Import­ant Inform­a­tion


The liv­ing accom­mod­a­tion con­sists of tents shared by between 6 and 15 com­pet­it­ors. All par­ti­cipants must provide their own roll mats and sleep­ing bags.


This is NOT a self-sup­por­ted race. Run­ners only carry their daily nutri­tion and emer­gency kit. Race hold­alls are trans­por­ted between camp­sites.


Com­pet­it­ors will need to provide their own food from Sunday 3rd Octo­ber to Sat­urday 9th Octo­ber. Dehyd­rated or freeze dried food is recom­men­ded.

 Please see the Race Inform­a­tion Pack and Kit List below for com­pre­hens­ive details about the race.

Exper­i­ence Jordan

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. 

Dead Sea

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 haven’t yet found a way to suc­cinctly describe such an epic week.”
Kev­in Webber


“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.”
Tim Gard­ner


“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.”
Han­nah Tyldes­ley


“This was the best week of my life.”
Rahil Sachak-Pat­wa


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!”

Giulia Ran­zuglia


“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.”
Estelle Geerkens

South Africa