04 Sep 2024 - 09 Sep 2024

Petra -- Petra Desert Marathon
Trip duration
04 Sep 2024
09 Sep 2024
07 Sep 2024
01 Jul 2024

The race
Petra Desert Marathon slide
Petra Desert Marathon slide
Petra Desert Marathon slide
Petra Desert Marathon slide

Turn back time and challenge yourself to a desert run in a historic setting! The Petra Desert Marathon starts in the ancient city of Petra and takes runners past incredible tombs, mountains and caves before venturing into the lunar landscapes of the Jordanian desert. The special thing about this run, which starts early in the morning, is that at this time of the day the runners have the world wonder of Petra all to themselves. It is a real adventure marathon where experience, environment and satisfaction are more important than time. Is the marathon distance too long? Then the half marathon is a good option!

Registration Petra Desert Marathon 2024 offers you a package with a guaranteed runner’s bib and accommodation. Furthermore, we offer the possibility that family members or friends can travel with you as companions and together you can enjoy this event.

Take a look at our packages. We ensure that during your stay in Jordan everything is arranged down to the last detail so that the athlete can fully devote himself or herself to the run. Whether individually or with a running group, with us you run around the world!

Book now directly and secure your entry with guaranteed participation!

  • Flights can be added upon request
  • We would be glad to put together a tailor made running trip for you
  • Part of a running group? Then we would be pleased to offer you a personalized package with group discount! Contact us for the options

Event details

Saturday, 07 September 2024
Start time
Start location
2c, Tourism St 2, Jordan
Finish location
2c, Tourism St 2, Jordan
Expo location
2c, Tourism St 2, Jordan

At the briefing you will receive your goodie bag with the starting certificate

Time limit
With temperatures up to 35°C and a hilly, desert route that offers little shade, the Petra Desert Marathon is a tough race. It is recommended that participants run in light-coloured clothing.

The course is tough. The course consists of sand, gravel and asphalt.

Medal and T-shirt

The map below shows the locations of the start & finish, our hotels of choice and the expo location. Underneath the map, there are two buttons which show the course and elevation maps of the event.

  • Trip schedule

    You will fly to Amman today. Please note that a visa is required for all visitors to Jordan. .A transfer to the Dead Sea follows and from the evening you are free to relax. No meals are included today.

    Today we will wake up at the Dead Sea - the lowest point on earth - and start the day with a delicious breakfast at the hotel. Our day will be all about resting and relaxing by the pool or floating on the surface of the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea is truly unique, an enclosed lake bordering Jordan to the east and Israel to the west, known as one of the world's saltiest bodies of water. In fact, it is almost 10 times saltier than ordinary seawater, making it one of the most fascinating natural phenomena on earth. This extreme saltiness makes it impossible for plants and animals to thrive in it, hence the name. That said, the Dead Sea is sometimes considered the world's greatest spa, due to its healing properties. According to legend, Cleopatra would also visit the Dead Sea and use its products as part of her beauty regime. It is only fair that you can spend the whole day at this magical place. It is the perfect way to mentally prepare yourself for the challenge ahead. Meals : breakfast

    After breakfast at our hotel, we will check out at 09:00 and travel by bus to Wadi Musa (Petra). Our journey will take about 6 hours. On arrival, we will immediately have lunch at a local restaurant, where we will eat all kinds of local delicacies, while waiting for our rooms to be ready for check-in at 15:00. After check-in, we will have a few hours to settle in and head out to explore the illustrious "Red Rose City of Petra". The hotel, located at the gate of Petra, means you are just a stone's throw away from this ancient Nabataean city carved out of the rocks. Remember, you will have exclusive access to the city tomorrow before it opens its doors to the public. We also have Sunday to explore this beautiful place. As the sun sets, all runners will gather in tomorrow's finish area, where the race officials and medical team will give the race briefing. In the evening, fill up on a pasta meal at our hotel's restaurant. Afterwards, you can return to your room to rest up for the big day. Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

    Today is the day we have all been waiting for! After an early wake-up call and a light continental breakfast, all runners meet outside the Petra Visitor Centre. At 05:15, all participants walk together through the Siq to the starting line at the Street of Gables. Since Petra is not open to the public at that time of day, runners will get the unique experience of seeing Petra without the crowds. The race starts at 06:30 for both half and full marathon runners. Although the Petra Desert Marathon is considered an official race and is run according to international race rules including timekeeping, it is important to remember that it is first and foremost an adventure marathon, where the experience, the scenery and the satisfaction at completion are more important than winning or setting a personal record. For a detailed description of the route, check out our Route & Elevation section. At the finish, refreshments and your medal await you. In the evening, we offer two optional local experiences - Petra Kitchen and Petra by Night - which can be booked in addition to the tour package. See the excursions at the bottom of the itinerary for more details. Meals: Breakfast and packed lunch

    Today we get a chance to explore Petra's full glory. After breakfast, we walk to the Petra Visitor's Centre where we start our tour on foot and learn about the impressive history of yesterday's starting point. The main entrance to the historic and archaeological city of Petra is the Siq. With walls reaching up to 200 metres high, this narrow gorge, split apart by tectonic forces, winds 1.2 km through the mountains and ends at Petra's most elaborate temple, the Treasury. We walk through the Siq again and continue past the beautiful tombs and caves carved into the red sandstone cliff as our guide tells us about the ancient Nabataeans who founded the city. We spend some time exploring and buy lunch on our own before returning to our hotel. Depending on how much time you want to spend in Petra, you can also relax and recover from yesterday's efforts at one of the Turkish baths and spas in the area or just treat yourself at a local restaurant serving the incredibly delicious Jordanian cuisine. In the evening, all participants will head to the desert, where we will celebrate the completion of the Petra Desert Marathon with a festive celebration dinner. Dine, drink and dance under the stars. Meals: Breakfast and dinner

    Unfortunately, our adventure in Jordan is over and it is time to say goodbye to this special country. Check-out from the hotel is due by 12:00 (noon). All participants will be transferred to Queen Alia International Airport in Amman for the return journey. Meals : breakfast

  • Transport

    We do not offer transport for this arrangement by default. However, we do offer the option to book flights with us. Prices will vary if you choose to make use of our service.

  • Accomodation
    Petra Desert Marathon Deluxe Hotels
    € 1945,00 per person

  • About Petra

    As one of the seven modern wonders of the world, Petra is Jordan's most famous tourist attraction. Once the capital of the Nabataeans, it was rediscovered in 1812 by the Swiss Johann Ludwig Burckhardt and in 1985 it was added to UNESCO's World Heritage List. After the trade routes along Petra had changed, the city was slowly abandoned. What remains are the ruins, which can still be seen today. When visiting Petra you can look for monuments such as Al Khazneh (the treasury) and Ad Deir (the monastery). A walk to the top of the mountains gives you a beautiful view over the valley where Petra is located. Near Petra is the town of Wadi Musa, where you will find several restaurants and entertainment facilities.

from € 1945,00


Looking for?

Half Marathon Marathon

  • 5 overnight stays in the selected deluxe hotel category
  • Arrival transfer from Amman airport to the Dead Sea (only in comfort and deluxe package)
  • Transport according to itinerary
  • English speaking tour guide
  • 3-day entry to Petra
  • Meals according to itinerary
  • Celebration dinner

Participant Marathon or Half Marathon is included:

  • Bib number Petra Desert Marathon or Half Marathon
  • English speaking race officials
  • Danish and Jordanian medical team
  • Time recording and result overview
  • Care during the race
  • Running T-shirt
  • Medal

Large offer! Super cool tour guides with running experience and good energy!

score: 10 / 10 Vincent
Well organized trip, communication is good and well in time

score: 9 / 10 Anonymous
Already booked several times a running trip through running trips. Direct contact in case of questions, quick response.

score: 8 / 10 Anonymous
Done two trips, very good experience with both.

score: 8 / 10 Gini
Booked great trips for many years

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