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Dead Sea Marathon

01-Feb-2019 Ein Bokek road, Israel

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Road Race Race Terrain
50KM / 31Miles
1 Day

Alternate Distances: 42KM/26M 21KM/13M 10KM/6M

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Intermediate  


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Beginner

Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.

Intermediate

Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Advanced

Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.

Expert

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.

Brutal

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Type: An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

Suitable for: Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Global - Virtual

Type: A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

Suitable for: For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

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02:57 07-02-19

01/02/2019
I found the entry process a little difficult at first with it all being in Hebrew, and not being able to speak Hebrew. However, I was assisted very well by the race director and his team. They offered me advice on where to stay and how to get the dead sea area also. (flights from London only lands in Tel Aviv, which is 220km away from Ein Bokek)
The area is quite simply stunning, 400m below sea level, surrounded by the dramatic looking Judean mountain range the location was picture perfect in every direction. The registration was held in a central location to the hotels and with a decent expo in case there was anything you had forgotten or fancied. I was reassured by the race briefing presentation on the beach about the aid stations and minefield throughout the course. Part of the course ran along the demilitarised zone of the Israeli - Jordanian border.

The first 5km was on a closed main road, but until the last 5km, as it was an out and back route. It was all on very tough, loose, sandy and rocky ground. It really put a lot of damage on my feet running on the undulating surface. Aid stations were every 4-5km with water, bananas and gels from the sponsors. It was needed too as after the sun rose it quickly went into the mid 20's and with it being so dry, staying hydrated was an issue. As it was so flat (25m elevation gain over 50km!) it was quick and pb's could easily be demolished here. A sandy divide was opened up that actually ran out into the sea, which was amazing to run along, before completing a further 4 km loop where the marathoners turned away. The last 5km back on the tarmac gave the feet a little rest from the prying rocks and stones, finishing in the town centre on the beach.

I absolutely loved this event due to the scenery, location (which is reported to be in decline so fast it will be gone in 30 years), friendliness of locals and staff and the fact that I had never faced the challenge of running towards the distant horizon and having to battle my mind so much.

Fully recommended, make a trip out of it if possible

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