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Marathon Profile: Petra Marathon

Tonight I am profiling a marathon from a part of the world I would not have thought of checking for a marathon until I came across this one. The profile is of the Petra Marathon in Jordan.

If the site looks familiar you may recall it from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The race itself starts off in the ancient city of Petra. It sounds like a really challenging course as half the race is run on asphalt while the other half is run on gravel. There are also steep ascents and descents to deal with.

As you can imagine, given the location, heat is also a factor. Also not surprisingly, there is very little shade along the course. For this reason the race starts early in the morning.

Unfortunately I could not find any race reviews this time because this one appears to be a relatively new race.

If you have run it or plan to please post your thoughts.