Crans Montana, Switzerland, (May 9, 2019) — UTMB® International, the international division of the world-renowned Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB®), is thrilled to open registration for the 2nd Annual OMAN by UTMB® ultra trail race in the Middle East Sultanate of Oman. Building on the hugely successful inaugural event in 2018, the second edition of OMAN by UTMB take place November 28 – 30 and feature a greater range of distances and difficulty from an elite 170K course to a 50K course.
In what has been called “the world’s toughest adventure race” by National Geographic, OMAN by UTMB features Oman’s dramatic interior, tracking through deep wadis, high ridges, ancient villages and the exotic landscapes of Arabia. The inaugural 2019 race attracted enormous international interest including many high-profile members of the global trail running community. Winning the elite 130K division, Jason Schlarb (USA) and Diego Pazos (CH) crossed the finish line jointly in a thrilling 1st-place tie.
“OMAN by UTMB has instantly established itself as a valued member of the UTMB International,” said Michel Poletti co-director of the UTMB. “The new courses will dramatically increase the appeal of OMAN by UTMB® to both experienced and novice runners. I believe they will encourage many more trailers who practice ultra running to come to Oman and take on a unique experience in an unforgettable landscape.”
2019 OMAN by UTMB Courses
- JBS: 170KM, Total Elevation Gain: 10,400m
- JBA: 130KM, Total Elevation Gain: 7,400m
- AHM: 50KM, Total Elevation Gain: 2,300m
The 50KM race, which starts November 29, is recommended for runners new to the sport or looking for a shorter challenge with limited technical sections to navigate. The AHM 50K will start and finish in Al Hamra, taking runners onto Al Akhdar (the Green Mountain) with more than 2,300m (7,500ft) of elevation gain.
The 130KM and 170KM routes are recommended for experienced ultra runners with the new 170KM course ascending to a height of 3,000m (9,800 ft) on the formidable Jebel Shams, Arabia’s tallest mountain. Runners will require an official International Trail Running Association (ITRA) ranking to qualify to participate in either distance. Both the JBA 130K and JBS 170K start November 28 at Birkat Al Mouz.
Overall, runners will need four ITRA points to compete in the JBA 130KM run and five ITRA points to compete in the JBS 170KM. No ITRA points are required for the 50KM run.
“Last year was a resounding success and has put the Sultanate firmly on the international trail running map” said CEO of event organiser Oman Sail, David Graham.
“The additional distances will make the event even more appealing and we look forward to welcoming many runners from far and wide in November. It is an inspiring event that helps spread the word that Oman has a great deal to offer sports tourists and adventure seekers”
Like all ITRA sanctioned trail running events, taking part in OMAN by UTMB® earns qualifying points towards entry for UTMB® Mont-Blanc. Runners who complete the 130KM run will earn five ITRA points, runners completing the 170KM will earn six ITRA points and runners who finish the 50KM run will earn three ITRA points.
A new qualifying system recently announced by UTMB® International means that runners who complete in either the 130KM or 170KM events are instantly guaranteed entry to race in UTMB® Mont-Blanc in 2020. OMAN by UTMB® is the first opportunity runners will have to benefit from the new qualifying regulations for UTMB® Mont-Blanc
Runners can register for the 2019 OMAN by UTMB® at : omanbyutmb.com
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