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Oman by UTMB presents new distances for youth, beginners

19 Sep 2019

Oman by UTMB is excited to present three short distance races, which have been designed to enable young runners and adults the chance to embark on a fun introduction to trail running in Oman’s magnificent Al Hajar Mountains.

At this year’s trail running event, youngsters from the age of six years old can experience an epic adventure offered by the 2km, 5km and 10km courses. Adults new to trail running will now have the option of running the 2km (parents of junior runners only), 5km and 10km.

Starting and finishing in Al Hamra, the Oman by UTMB venue is surrounded by breathtaking views of the sultanate’s mountainous. Young runners taking up the off-road challenge will follow safe low-level routes through a region featuring lush plantations and terraces. Featuring elevation gains ranging from 34+ to 295+ metres, the 2k, 5k and 10k distance categories will be hosted on November 30, the final day of the second edition.

The 10km race (15+ years) features an elevation gain of 295m+. Entry fee is RO10. Those aged 15+ who are keen to get an extensive feel for trail running may undertake the 10km course.

The 5km race (12+ years) offers elevation gain of 125m+. Entry fee is RO5. The 2km race (6-13 years) has an elevation gain of 34m+ and entry fee is RO 2. Parents looking for a fun family day out may also enter this category and accompany their child in this year’s most exciting off-road adventure, by registering online.

“This is a golden – and not to be missed – opportunity for kids to explore Oman’s nature and appreciate its beauty,” said Ahmed Darweesh al Balushi, secretary general of the Oman Sports School Association.

Educational establishments across Oman are invited to register their students for the Oman by UTMB youth running challenge.

The second edition of Oman by UTMB begins on November 28, which will host the start of the original 130km race as well as a new extended 170km challenge. All these races can be entered at https://omanby

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