Written By Jamie Sparks
Jamie is one of the Ultra X Co-Founders. He enjoys rambling on about a variety of topics; motorbikes, cycling, adventure, and, of course, ultra running.
Registrations for Ultra X Jordan (previously Wadi Rum Ultra) have officially opened. This 250km, five day ultramarathon takes place in one of the most beautiful desert regions on earth, the protected area being home to some of the most awe-inspiring rock formations on the planet.
The 2019 event runs from 5-13 October.
This year’s event will be the fourth edition of the race and we have 100 places available, with a third having already been taken already in pre-registration.
Taking on a multi-day ultra in a far flung corner of the earth is one of the greatest experiences someone can do. The sense of achievement you feel after grinding through each day, and the camaraderie that you build with your fellow competitors is a unique experience. It’s the shared hardship that brings us all together.
For those wondering whether they have what it takes, the answer is simple – you do. All you require is drive and the rest will follow.
This race is popular for many reasons
Whilst it is an epic challenge, it is achievable to anyone with the right attitude. More than 50% of the 2018 finishers had never run a marathon before. We want to ensure that we have as many finishers as possible and as a result our cut-off times are very generous (2.5hrs per 10km).
The course itself can be as easy or as hard as you make it and the incline is gentle throughout the week. The terrain is very runnable despite being desert (the majority is packed sand and closer to concrete than your standard beach) and, whilst it is hot, frequent checkpoints ensure that runners have sufficient access to water and support.
This race is perfect for those wanting to try a long format event for the first time and whilst seen by some as a race, for many this is simply an experience and adventure like no other.
What makes a multi-day event so special is the camp life; each night in Wadi Rum is spent under the stars in incredible locations, each day means another amazing shared experience and the forming of new friendships with people from all corners of the globe and all walks of life.
Participants have the option to sleep in traditional Bedouin bivouacs or if they choose they can bring their sleeping mat outside and sleep under the starry night. Shooting stars soon become a normality.
After the last stage on Friday a big BBQ is held before prize giving commences. For some, this will be the last night they ever spend in the desert and it is a moment to remember. Cold beers and much cheer are the order of the evening and competitors will have a chance to reminisce about the completed journey.
On the Saturday after the challenge the entire group have the opportunity to visit the lost city of Petra. This is one of the few remaining wonders of the world and travellers from all over come to see these remarkable ruins. They truly are something to witness at least once in a lifetime.
Flights from the UK to Amman, Jordan take just four hours and cost less than £350. There are multiple direct flights per day from all over Europe and even more if you fly indirectly.
We looking forward to greeting you in Amman in October.
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