Important Information

The Wadi Rum Ultra is the ultimate test of organisation.

You will nat­ur­ally alter your pace as you get used to the con­di­tions. It is import­ant to cal­cu­late your water, elec­tro­lyte and food require­ments pri­or to the race.

A par­ti­cipant who has planned and trained metic­u­lously is likely to be a suc­cess­ful one.

Whilst it will be your savior, your equip­ment can quickly become an irrit­ant.

As par­ti­cipants must carry their essen­tial equip­ment and water whilst on the course, it is import­ant that everything is weighed and that you are used to car­ry­ing the weight. Weight man­age­ment is cru­cial and you are advised to do away with any­thing which is not essen­tial to your health and com­fort, such as ‘lucky mas­cots’.

You must also ensure that your pack does not rub and cause you irrit­a­tion and pain.

Before leav­ing for Jordan, check that:

Your vac­cin­a­tions are in date. See Health advice for trav­el­lers on the Foreign & Commonwealth Office web­site. You must have a med­ic­al check-up and ECG done by a doc­tor to make sure that there is no con­di­tion which could inhib­it your par­ti­cip­a­tion in the race.

Nutrition

You will need to be self-sufficient from Sunday 7th October to lunch time on the 12th October.

Between those dates you must provide all your own food. Due to weight, dehyd­rated or frieze dried food is recom­men­ded. It is high in energy and pro­tein and is also very light.

Two good com­pan­ies in the UK are Expedition foods and Be Well Extreme food.

It is import­ant you sample this dehyd­rated food before you decide upon a brand and meal. You should bear in mind that your taste pref­er­ences may change in the desert. It is advised that you have a good bal­ance between break­fasts, savoury meals and sweet dishes.

To avoid either car­ry­ing to much or being hungry, you should cal­cu­late the cal­or­ies:
You are advised to carry a min­im­um of 2000 cal­or­ies per day, for each day of the race.

Cooking your food

The race organ­isers will provide you with hot water with which to rehyd­rate your meals.

Scrutineering

This is the process where a race organiser will make sure you have the essential kit and are carrying the correct number of calories. 

This pro­cess will take part the day before the race (Sunday 8th) and you will be pen­al­ized if you are caught throw­ing away equip­ment or food after that phase. To make this pro­cess more effi­cient, each food must con­tain a stick­er or mark on it, stat­ing the num­ber of cal­or­ies it con­tains.

With foods which have been ‘made-up’, a stick­er estim­at­ing its value must be added.

We can­not emphas­ise enough the import­ance of select­ing your meals and snacks well. As you will nat­ur­ally be burn­ing more energy than you can con­sume, your even­ing meal should replace as much lost energy as pos­sible so you are ready to take on the next stage.

Feet

Ultra running can destroy your feet, however, it doesn’t have to be like this. 

To ensure you are not spend­ing all your even­ings in the med­ic­al tent you must not only take care of your feet dur­ing the race but pay extra atten­tion to tough­en­ing them up dur­ing your train­ing. You can use sur­gic­al spir­it as well as any oth­er use­ful meth­ods you find.

Socks must be worn and you should try and select those that are com­fort­able and work for you well before the start of the race. During the race, blister treat­ment after each stage will affect how you do in the race. Neglect this area of main­ten­ance and you will likely have to give up.

It will be bene­fi­cial to learn how to strap your feet and treat your toes. This is an area where speak­ing to oth­ers will help greatly. Shoes at least one size if not two sizes big­ger than your nor­mal will do you good as your feet swell under the heat and pres­sure.
If you look after your feet, they will look after you!

Bear in mind that our med­ic­al team are there to help you. If you have ques­tions, niggles or injur­ies, con­sult them. It is vitally import­ant than when you get a niggle, you address it. There is being tough and push­ing through the pain and then there is stu­pid­ity. If you own up to your med­ic­al issues and do some­thing about them before they get worse, then your chances of com­plet­ing the race are far bet­ter. The vast major­ity of race dro­pouts are due to feet and hydra­tion neg­lect. You should aim to stay on top of these con­trol­lables, and be pre­pared for what else may come your way.

Gaitors

Due to the sandy con­di­tions, we recom­mend the use of gait­ors. These, depend­ing on style should be fastened well with the use of stitch­ing and glue just above the sole.

Body Maintenance

Upon finishing each stage you must clean your feet rigorously. 

Pay spe­cial atten­tion to remov­ing any grains of sand which have found their way in between your toes and under your nails.

Once your feet are cleaned thor­oughly, dry them out well. If they remain wet from sweat or water, this is how infec­tion and a weak­en­ing of the skin starts.

Address these issues straight away, do not wait until the second stage to work on your feet as by then it will be too late.

For obvi­ous reas­ons you should not walk bare foot around the camp.

Insurance

Insurance for this event is a requirement. If you do not have it you will not be allowed to race.

Repatriation (European) is included in the entry fee, but the over­all cost of the event is sig­ni­fic­ant and if can­cel­la­tion is needed, you need to be covered.

It is strongly recom­men­ded that you take out insur­ance around 3 months before the event.

The E.C.G and Medical Certificate (required to be seen before depar­ture to Jordan) can also identi­fy poten­tial prob­lems which can pre­vent you from com­pet­ing.

Luggage

You will need to bring a second bag or suitcase which the race organizers will look after during the stages. 

This case should con­tain clothes for the flight, for after the race and any extras you think you may need. You will have access to the bag through­out the week.

We advise that your bag is lock­able.

Your two bags, (suit­case and run­ning pack) must not exceed 20kg in total, although some air­lines may be stricter.

Clothing

What you run in is up to you. 

You should try dif­fer­ent options and work out what you feel com­fort­able with.

At night the desert tem­per­at­ure will drop and so you should bring a warm fleece or tech­nic­al shell to sleep in.

This should allow for max­im­um warmth with min­im­al weight.

Sleeping Bag

This is an obligatory item.

Our defin­i­tion of this piece of equip­ment is lose but bear in mind that you will pay the price for select­ing an ultra light one for warm weath­er as the tem­per­at­ure dur­ing nights in the desert does drop sig­ni­fic­antly.

Bivouac

Your accommodation for the week will come in the form of a traditional Bivouac or tent, depending on which day it is. 

These are port­able and eas­ily erec­ted by the organ­iser. Each ‘tent’ will home between 2 and 10 com­pet­it­ors.

Your tent fam­ily will be selec­ted at ran­dom and once you are alloc­ated one, you must not change this through­out the entire race. This is so the organ­izers can find you should we so need.

Rubbish dis­pos­al areas will be made read­ily avail­able.

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