This will likely be one of the toughest endurance challenges you have ever taken on.
To enter you will need to be Physically and mentally fit. It is likely that you will be doing a combination of running and walking in order to get to the finish line, which is the most important thing. You will be doing the equivalent of over 6 regular marathons and you will be completely self sufficient (apart from water), carrying everything you need for each day with you in a backpack.
You should not underestimate the mental stress that the WRU will put you under. When the going gets tough, really tough, it will be your mind willing you to put one foot in front of the other that will get you to the end.
Long before the start of the race you will need to decide upon the right footwear.
The heat and friction will not only put your shoes under extreme stress, but it will also cause your feet to swell. In order to remain comfortable it is highly recommended to go for at least one size up from your normal. Of course as you would before any run, you must ensure they are worn in. The same can be said for the rest of your gear and rucksack - it must be comfortable.
Jordan is a hot country.
Midday temperatures in this region can get up to 30 degrees Celsius although it’s more likely to be around 25 during the hottest parts of the day. The best way to keep out the sun is to wear a hat, usually with a neck flap. You will be running/walking over uneven rocky ground, with up to 40% of the distance in sand.
Food and Drink
One of the key areas of the WRU is preparing and calculating your nutrition.
You want to be carrying just enough for you to be fully fuelled but also so that you are not carrying extra weight. There are no food stores on way to top up, so careful thought must be given prior to travelling to the start.
Your food should be concentrated and easily made up. The best places to find these foods are either online or at outdoor shops. It is certainly useful to contact runners who have done something similar as they will have accurate expertise in this area. One tip is that you take some snacks for you to substitute in for the expedition type food as it inevitably becomes boring.
Water rations will be distributed at the checkpoints which are stationed every 10km.
Will I get lost?
The chances of you getting lost are very slim.
The route is lined with numerous markers and crucial points are usually manned by course marshals. Navigation will not be an area that you worry about.
The course route will be marked out very well at roughly 40m intervals depending on terrain.
Areas where competitors are likely to be running in darkness, will be illuminated and are likely to have course marshals more frequently.
If you are in a situation where you are really stuck then you can always wait for other competitors and work it out together. However, the best way to avoid any mishaps is to listen to the course directions given out each morning.
There are snakes in Jordan but competitors rarely get to see them.
This is because the vibrations from the many footsteps scare them away long before you ever reach them. While there are insects they are mostly harmless and mosquitoes are also rare.