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Athletes limber up for Al Marmoom Ultramarathon

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A record breaking 300km has been set for the big challenge with additional ultra-races of 110kms and 50kms.

The world’s longest desert ultramarathon is back and will take place from Dec.9-13 in Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve.

A record breaking 300km has been set for the big challenge with additional ultra-races of 110kms and 50kms. The 50kms challenge is open to teams as well as individuals with great prizes on offer for the top rankings.

AMUM 19 organisers are encouraging runners who wish to sign up and prepare for the event to join the weekly build up runs training program.

Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council, said: “The weekly training sessions are an ideal opportunity for runners; both individuals and teams to learn sand running skills, build running stamina and develop the important mind set for the challenge.”

The weekly sessions are free to join and designed for all levels of ultra- running experience. They are led by coaches who are all veterans of some of the world’s toughest ultra runs. The coaches will share their experiences, knowledge as well as training and equipment tips.

The Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve spans more than 40 hectares of shrub land, which is 10 per cent of Dubai’s total area, and is part of a conservation initiative to promote Dubai’s commitment to a sustainable environment, providing a balanced ecosystem for thousands of wild animals and migratory birds.

The reserve is home to more 204 species of native birds and 158 species of migratory birds, and is also home to 26 species of reptiles, nine mammal species, and 39 species of plants. It also provides sanctuary to 19 species of endangered animals and birds.

Al Marmoom also plays host to a number of environmental, cultural and sports-related activities throughout the year.

To join the sessions or to know more about the weekly build up runs, e mail: info@ultramarathon.ae