Going Out: Urban-Ultra UTX50

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Starting and finishing in the northern emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, the incredible Urban-Ultra UTX50 ultra-trail run adventure takes you into the wilderness of the United Arab Emirates.

The fully supported single-stage race will see you transcend through 50km of rocky mountain terrain and over the spectacular sand dunes of the Emirate.

This is a race not to be missed and one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the year.

Running a longer distance than a marathon (42.195km), over difficult ground and in warm temperatures, it is a challenge not for the faint-hearted or those who haven’t done much training leading up to the race.

But, equally, the run is suitable for first-time desert runners who want to try something different as well as seasoned endurance campaigners.

Most of all, though, the Urban-Ultra is perfect for determined, gutsy and positive individuals. If you think you fit the bill, hurry as you only have until Tuesday February 28 (midnight) to sign up.

As part of the registration, which you will make via Premier Online, each participant will receive a timing chip and t-shirt.


  • What: Urban-Ultra UTX50
  • Where: Al Ghail Desert, RAK
  • When: Friday, March 10
  • Contact: www.premieronline.com

With a 06:00 start, you need to be prepared to run early as your body will be tested to its very core.

Checkpoints, water, fruit and electrolytes are all provided by the event organisers throughout – but runners have to carry their mandatory kit, with full details found in the athlete guide when you sign up.

Back packs, sand gaiters, hats, sunglasses and sun cream are some of the things you will need to carry among your belongings.

At the finish line, every runner will pick up a well-deserved medal and be able to share their race experiences with fellow competitors in the race village, where refreshments will be served.

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