Desert Blaze 2024: The Kingdom's hottest and hardest marathon challenge returns to AlUla

Desert Blaze 2024: The Kingdom's hottest and hardest marathon challenge returns to AlUla

Athletes from around the world will come together to compete in a gruelling marathon challenge through the AlUla desert, where average August temperatures reach over 40°C
05 July 24
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The Kingdom's most challenging marathon is set to return to the AlUla desert this August.

Fancy a challenge of both mental and physical fitness? Desert Blaze has been confirmed to return to AlUla this August. Arguably the Kingdom's hottest and most challenging race, the event has been classed with an 'extremely high' difficulty rating, it promises to push even the most elite of athletes to their limit.

Be prepared to push your limits as you race through breathtaking desert landscapes, soaking up both the scenery and the scorching summer heat.

Returning to the desert on Saturday August 24, the Desert Blaze event will offer competitors several different of distances to choose from. So whether you're a seasoned marathoner or just starting out, there will be a race and challenge to suit everyone: choose from 5km, 10km, a half marathon (21km), or for the ultimate test of endurance, take on the the full 42km marathon.

With average daily August temperatures soaring to an eye-watering 44°C, the AlUla Desert Blaze is the ultimate endurance challenge. But there is also massive prize money at stake, last year's marathon winner scooped a prize pot of SAR15,000.

Set to take place during the hottest part of the day, organisers take every precaution to prioritise the safety of the athletes taking part. Frequent refreshment stops are strategically placed along the course to combat dehydration and offer temporary shade should it be needed. Additionally, professional medical personnel will be on hand throughout the race to ensure everyone's well-being.

The race course winds through stunning scenery, showcasing towering sandstone formations and ancient tombs carved by the Nabataeans. Aside from the unique physical challenge of this race, the blend of physical exertion and simultaneous cultural immersion is set to make the AlUla Desert Blaze an unforgettable experience for even the most experienced athletes.

Known as 'the living museum', AlUla is an ancient Saudi Arabian oasis city that blends incredible history with ultra-luxe modern amenities and resorts. From well-preserved tombs carved into sandstone cliffs, renovated ancient mudbrick buildings, jaw-dropping remnants of past civilisations such as ancient rock inscriptions and perfectly preserved archaic towns.

This UNESCO World Heritage Site caters to adventure seekers, offering activities like desert sports and oasis exploration, history buffs with opportunities to delve into the Nabataean and other ancient cultures and those seeking the ultimate luxury escape in the middle of the Saudi Arabian desert.

AlUla Desert Blaze, Saturday August 24, 2024
Entry from SAR50, Meeting point at Hegra South Gate, AlUla.
Learn more about AlUla Desert Blaze race here