The Wadi Rum Ultra is a multi-day ultra-marathon, run over 5 days in Southern Jordan in October each year.
Competitors will arrive in Amman on October 7th, where they will be met and transported by the race organisers to camp at stage 1. The course takes participants through historic sites, into dramatic Wadis and over magnificent sand dunes covering a total distance of 162.5 miles (260km) – that’s just over 6 marathons in 5 days. The WRU is one of the longest multi day footraces in the world. When combined with 90 degree heat and a backpack, you have one of the world’s toughest footraces.
Wadi Rum’s nickname is ‘the valley of the moon’ and you will see why. Its landscape will truly blow you away, as will the challenge. As locations go, this place is unrivalled.
The stages are as follows:
The routes may change slightly each year depending on the weather and other varying factors.
The organizers create each leg to take in the most beautiful and challenging aspects of the desert region.
The Wadi Rum Ultra is open to individuals and teams, elite runners and those who are keen to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. The challenge is open to people from all around the world.
The living accommodation consists of a bivouac or tent shared by between 2–8 competitors. Once you have been allocated your group, these people will become your close friends and support. There is no doubt that one of the best things about the WRU are the lifelong friends you make.
Competitors will have to carry essential safety equipment (such as water bottles, gels, basic medical kits, a whistle etc.) in their rucksacks but unlike other races they will not have to carry their food and other gear.
This is one of the toughest footraces on earth and whilst the pain will subside, the friends that you meet and sense of achievement you feel, will stay forever.