JEDDAH: AlUla Desert Blaze, a new running event added to AlUla’s sports offerings, will commence on Aug. 26.
Athletes from the region and around the world will take part in the high-intensity endurance race, taking place in sizzling summer temperatures of 42 degrees Celsius.
The race is the latest addition to an exciting lineup of sports competitions that take advantage of the city’s mesmerizing terrain. With its sandstone cliffs, lush oases and productive farmlands, the local environment offers a unique backdrop for the event.
Men and women of all fitness levels will compete in distances of 5, 10, 21 and 42 km, aiming to become one of the first global conquerors of the challenging race by pushing their physical capacities to the limit.
Chief Tourism Officer at the Royal Commission for AlUla Phillip Jones said: “AlUla Desert Blaze is not just a race; it’s a unique and transformative experience. Not only does this represent a new performance milestone for athletes, but it will also give everyone taking part a unique perspective on AlUla and its various visitor offerings, with a route that winds past ancient monuments, through undiscovered landscapes and in the shadow of monumental cliff faces edging vast sandstone canyons.”
He added: “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 who are looking to indulge in a truly unforgettable experience.”
For participants in the 5 km, 10 km, and 21 km races, the starting point of the race is Hegra, Saudi Arabia’s first UNESCO Heritage Site. For those taking on the marathon, the race will commence at Maraya, the record-breaking multi-purpose entertainment venue located in the heart of the Ashar Valley.
Enrollment for the race — which offers a total prize pool of SR110,000 ($30,000) — is open until Aug. 22.
Runners will receive comprehensive medical support to ensure their well-being, including access to ambulances, mobile and stationed paramedics, as well as nurses and physiotherapists.
Aid stations will be positioned every 5 km along the race route. These stations will be stocked with essential supplies such as water, ice containers, hydration beverages, energy gels, fresh fruits and nutritious snacks.
AlUla has been at the forefront of sustainable development in the Kingdom through its sports and adventure offerings, hosting prestigious events such as the AlUla Camel Cup, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup and the Saudi Tour.
Jones encouraged those interested in taking part in the race to register for a chance to win cash prizes. Fans who wish to attend can purchase race tickets at experiencealula.com.