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Ultra X Jordan

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Ultra X Jordan

UTMB

Ultra X Jordan

Distance/Time

250KM/5DAYS

Elevation

2,522M

Technicality

3/5

Temperature

26-34°C

Airport

AMM

Date

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.

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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.

Interest free instalment plans

£60 per month

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(not including £300 deposit)

Itinerary

Saturday

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.

Sunday

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.

Monday

46km

Tuesday

50km

Wednesday

68km

thursday

46km

FRIday

40km

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.

Saturday

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.

Sunday

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.

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

route and gpx files

Draft GPX files for each day of the race can be downloaded below. Please note that GPX files are subject to change at late notice due to permissions, access, weather, and other varying factors. Final GPX files will be provided to competitors before the race via email.

included:

1. Race entry

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

3. Transfers between Amman and Wadi Rum Desert

4. Fully marked course

5. Medical staff on course and at all campsites

6. Osteopathy staff on course and at all campsites

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

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

9. Ground assistance and full safety support

10. Digital copies of all images from event photographer

11. ITRA/UTMB points

12. 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

agsdi-sleep

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

agsdi-briefcase

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

agsdi-soup

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.

Amman

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

UK

“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

UK

“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

UK

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

UK

“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

Italy

“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