by Davy Kestens in Stories

Run for Fun in Egypt

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Looking for the ultimate running destination? Search no more! Egypt enjoys a wide variety of exciting running activities and countless marathons all over the country. Running is one item in a delicious menu of activities that tourists enjoy when they visit Egypt. Let’s explore everything you need to know about running in Egypt.

Egypt has different running routes available for you to choose from. Interestingly, some tourists discover or make up new running routes. Most of the Egyptian running routes that I’ve seen online were created by happy tourists. Major running cities include but are not limited to: Cairo, Alexandria, Hurghada, and Luxor. Finding interesting running places in Egypt is a peace of cake especially for recreational runners.

Running clubs

If you’re a run-for-fun kinda guy and not so fond of fierce competitions, Hash House Harriers running club in Cairo is your ideal choice. Established in 1980, the club managed to organize more than fifteen hundred group-running tours around Cairo.
Their premise is very interesting and unique: the organizers lay a rail of lentils, flour, or paper all over the route of choice. Runners are expected to follow the trail and stop every now and then at predetermined checkpoints. They also have a parallel route just for walkers The Hash club has zero-tolerance for racing in any imaginable way, shape or form. In fact, racing is considered “a Hash crime” as their goal is to promote the group spirit rather than competitive running. The typical running distance range between three to four miles through the desert within forty five minutes of the “Autostrad” road in Cairo. The Hash club is often described as: “drinking club with a running problem!” and “lunatic fringe of running!!”

Love to compete?

No problem! The Sahara Desert Run is an annual race which takes place in the Sahara Desert. This race is one of the four deserts races which are considered one of the top ten endurance running races in worldwide as voted by the Time Magazine. The race consists of six multi-stages over seven days, totaling two hundred and fifty Kilometers. The real challenge is that each participant must, not only compete in all race stages, but also must carry their own gear and equipment weighing between twenty to thirty Lbs! Roughly one hundred and thirty competitors from thirty countries competed in the Sahara Race of 2009. Interestingly, competitors’ ages ranged between nineteen and seventy four, not to mention a very brave blind Canadian competitor! The upcoming Sahara race will take place in October 3rd, 2010. You could register for the race online at:  http://www.4deserts.com/sahararace/ . You have the option of registering for any future four desert races taking place until 2013.

On the other hand, Egypt offers other races that are much easier than the Sahara Desert one. The Trans Sinai race, for instance, covers one hundred kilometers (about sixty three miles). It’s a five-stage race that lasts for five days, starting from Sharm El Sheikh City and ending at the St. Catherine’s Monastery located at the foot of Mount Sinai. Runners enjoy breath-taking views along the red Sea and the mountains around St. Catherine.

Marathons

Marathon fans also have their share of fun in Egypt. Available marathons include but are not limited to: Alexandria International Marathon, Hurghada International Half Marathon, and Mare Monti International Hurghada.

Alexandria International Marathon is one of the most significant events not only for sports lovers worldwide but it is also eagerly awaited  and greatly appreciated by the residents of Alexandria. The marathon is arranged by “World Sport Communication”, a prominent company that plays a key role in promoting sports tourism in Egypt through planning and organizing diversified sports events.  Marathon participants enjoy running through Alexandria’s magnificent gardens.

The upcoming Hurghada International Half Marathon will take place on March 12th, 2010. Distance covered is  21,0975 km and the event will be sponsored by ministry of youth and ministry of tourism. For detailed information about marathons taking place in Egypt, please check the following web site:  www.egyptianmarathon.net

No matter what your running interests are and regardless of whether you’re a beginner or advanced runner, you’ll find everything you’re looking for in Egypt.

Welcome aboard!




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