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Marathons in Oman: Running Off the Beaten Path

Marathons in Oman: Running Off the Beaten Path

Virtually untouched by tourism, Oman transports visitors to an enchanting ancient world. Located on the Arabian Peninsula, Oman dazzles travelers with villages surrounded by sandcastle-like forts, tented Bedouin settlements in the desert, opulent ancient mosques and refreshing natural swimming holes. Omani locals, who don't normally see many tourists, often welcome newcomers into their homes for a meal. Friendly locals and exotic sights provide enough motivation to make a trip to this fascinatin ... Continue Reading

Al Mouj Muscat Marathon

Oman, Muscat 17 Jan, 2020

Al Mouj Muscat Marathon

Oman, Muscat 17 Jan, 2020

Things To Think About

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Oman is a wealthy and modernized nation. Major cities such as Muscat offer all of the amenities of their western counterparts.

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While no one tips for services in Oman, haggling remains common practice at markets.

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Oman's crime rate ranks among the lowest in the world. Visitors can enjoy traveling the country without being hassled by the usual scam artists that loiter around tourist destinations.

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Most restaurants and hotels do not serve alcohol.

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You will not be permitted into the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque without the proper attire. Both sexes need to wear long-sleeved shirts and pants or skirts that cover the ankles. The mosque also requires that women cover their hair with a scarf.


Marathons in Oman

This small middle eastern country hosts a surprising number of competitive marathons. The Al Mouj Muscat Marathon takes place in the nation's capital every January. Al Mouj Muscat offers several different Oman running events, including a marathon, half-marathon and a 10K race. Among the most unique running races in Oman, the Oman Desert Marathon passes ancient caravans located around desert oases and finishes at the shores of the Arabian Sea. Marathons in Oman offer runners once-in-a-lifetime experiences to discover the natural beauty and vibrant culture of the Arabian Peninsula.


Good to Know

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Although hitchhiking remains common practice, the country has little public transportation services.

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Car rental fees can add up. It's usually more economical to take group tours. Booking a guided tour for your Oman marathon adventure will save you money and time.

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The Omani government takes dress codes seriously. Check with other participants before selecting proper attire for Oman running races.

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Some common websites are not accessible in Oman. You may want to install a VPN on your laptop or phone before leaving home.

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