Get ready for an exhilarating test of grit and strength in the heart of AlUla. Mark your calendars for August 26th, as this ancient Saudi Arabian city unveils its first-ever AlUla Desert Blaze – the ultimate racing event that promises to push athletes to their limits. Athletes from the region and beyond will converge to take on one of the newest, hottest, and most intense endurance races, pitting themselves against other extreme challenges from around the world. Online registration is now open, offering a chance to compete for cash prizes totaling SAR110,000 (US$30,000).
Prepare to embark on a journey like no other – a formidable challenge that stands as the toughest to date within the GCC. Set amidst the captivating and visually stunning landscape of historic AlUla, the race route will lead participants through scenic landscapes and majestic canyons, presenting an awe-inspiring backdrop to this test of endurance. However, be ready to face soaring temperatures of up to 42°C (107°F).
With distances spanning 5km, 10km, 21km, and 42km, men and women of all fitness levels will vie for the honor of conquering this extraordinary challenge. Participants will strive to become among the first individuals worldwide to triumph over this demanding new course that will push their physical capabilities to the brink.
Phillip Jones, Chief Tourism Officer at the Royal Commission for AlUla, emphasized, “AlUla Desert Blaze is not just a race; it’s a unique and transformative experience.” He underscored that this event not only marks a new milestone for athletes but also provides participants with a distinctive perspective on AlUla and its diverse visitor offerings. The route will wind past ancient monuments, through undiscovered landscapes, and under the shadow of monumental cliff faces that edge vast sandstone canyons.
Jones continued, “We continue to diversify our offerings for visitors from all around the world, and the AlUla Desert Blaze is an addition to what the destination can offer adventurers and sports enthusiasts looking for an unforgettable experience.
The AlUla Desert Blaze joins an exhilarating lineup of sports events that make the most of the city’s awe-inspiring and unparalleled landscape, which features stunning sandstone cliffs, lush oases, and fertile farmlands. From the AlUla Camel Cup to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup and the prestigious Saudi Tour, AlUla has taken the lead in sustainable sports and adventure offerings, paving the way for an extraordinary future of unparalleled experiences.
More About AlUla Desert Blaze: The races will be held on asphalt/tarred roads or compact gravel/sand roads, with no trails, scrambling, or mountaineering involved. The average temperature during the race period is anticipated to range between 35°C and 42°C, complemented by a slight breeze.
Runners’ safety is paramount, and comprehensive medical services and amenities will be provided. This includes ambulances with roaming and stationed paramedics, nurses, and physiotherapists, along with aid stations every 5km equipped with water, ice buckets, hydration drinks, gels, fruits, and snacks.
Registration fees range from SAR 50.00 (US$13.00) to SAR 200.00 (US$53.00) and closes on August 22nd at 11.59pm, or earlier if capacity is reached. Don’t miss out on this chance to conquer the AlUla Desert Blaze – an unforgettable testament of endurance, courage, and accomplishment.