May 24 - 30 2021 | Jordan
Join us on the sandy dunes of Jordan for our first ever (desert) race.BOOK
Our first ever desert race, and we have an absolute beauty in store. The magic of Wadi Rum cannot be justified in words or pictures, it simply has to be experienced. We cannot wait to welcome you to this ancient desert that has already become an iconic backdrop to our Series.
The Beast of Wadi Rum
We start before first light. Headtorches are a must as you begin your way across the desert. As you find your rhythm, the colours around you will gently change as the sun rises behind the iconic desert mountains. By the time the sun has risen, you will be fully into your race and into the softer section of sand that will surely make this race one of the hardest of your life.
You will be pushed to your limit, you will feel like you can't go on. But when you dig deep, when you keep moving you will earn the right to proudly say you conquered The Beast Of Wadi Rum
A utterly unique opportunity to run through the magical beauty of the simply incredible Wadi Rum Protected Area. You will bus out into the middle of the desert, to our first ever starting arch made out of milennia old rock. You will begin as the 42km runners approach and you will all run together, with others, for others.
It’s not the classic hills that Impact Marathons are known for, but it is going to be hot and sandy as you make your way towards the horizon that rolls out in front of you for the entire distance.
A 10km race that feels so much further! This is a serious test for any runner. You will begin as the heat is starting to build, you will begin as the 42km & 21km runners approach, you will begin in the deepest sandy section.
The routes have all collided by this point as you all make your ways to the 7 Pillars of Wisdom Mountain, to finish in it’s shadow!
If you are not a runner, we invite you to hike this course.
One of the New Seven Wonders of the World, this is a race not to be missed. We really didn't know if this was going to be possible when we launched our newest location but our great partnership with the Jordan Tourism Board made it all possible. Welcome, to Jordan 2020.
Impact Weeks are all about the untold stories, the places you would never be able to visit any other way. In our first two days, you will experience exactly that, staying in a village deep in the Dead Sea Valley, rising with the sun and learning how life can flourish despite the intense heat.
The most magical running experience of your life. Your race will transition from the running underneath the magnificent stars that shine like no other place on earth, through the deep red sunrise until the sun is beaming down. That final stretch will test you to your limits, but it will be absolutely worth fight.
We will be focused on the biggest issue the country faces: water scarcity. Jordan is one of the world’s most water scarce countries and with a growing population, due to their open door policy to refugees from neighbouring countries, the challenge gets greater by the day. When we blend the experience and knowledge of our partners, with our goal to find the small changes with exponential impact, we can begin to find ways to tackle the biggest problems.
Some things cannot be explained, only experienced. From the golden hour as the sunsets and the greatest star show on earth, to the dancing colours of sunrise. This is a truly beauty village, built but nature herself. You'll be warm inside our Bedouin goat hair tents, with all the wonderful Jordanian food that you need to fuel your race day efforts.
With Charlie Watson, Lizzie Thomson, Alex Crockford and Sophie Power, we have an amazing line up covering your diet, sports therapy, fitness preparation and desert running. For the first time in Impact history, we have partnered up with some phenomenal runners who will be guiding you through the week, sharing the stories of our inaugural race in the Middle East.
Day 1 - Monday 24th May
We’ll be meeting in the capital city of Amman, where we will be staying the first night of our experience. You’ll join us at our partner hotel as we prepare for the week ahead. Here you’ll get to know your fellow travellers whilst enjoying an evening of amazing Jordanian food and start learning more of what you'll be experiencing this week. A relaxed evening, as we are about to ramp things up for the next few days.
Day 2 - Tuesday 25th May
We will head West from Amman to visit an extraordinary project where, in some of the most brutal, arrid condition on earth, the team have used entirely natural techniques to create abundant growth and turn the desert green again. This is the main project that will be supported by your fundraising. We will be spending time with the leading experts in the industry to learn not only the techniques, but the ways we can do the same and create sustainable living globally.
That night, we will be staying in the community itself.
Day 3 - Wednesday 26th May
Jordan is the 2nd most water scarce country on earth. Our program in Jordan is all around how to get more from less and the Home Gardens projects does exactly that. We will be working on and building home gardens that will be used in the community in a ground-breaking new project. The learning starts with the children, who manage the gardens and ensure, with the minimal amount of water possible, we are growing more. The women then are able to sell the excess produce that brings income into the family, and, we’ve seen, an opportunity to re-invest that and grow the home gardens as a business.
We' rarely come across projects that touch so many of the Global Goals - from Life on Land to Sustainable Cities and Communities to Gender Equality - and so many more. It’s a small idea with huge impact in such a water scarce country.
One more night in the community, before we head south for Race Day.
Day 4 - Thursday 27th May
We had to. It’s not the normal Impact thing to do. But we just had to.
As we pass Petra along the way to the desert, why not stop and tour one of the 7 New Wonders of the World.
Get ready for a truly remarkable experience.
Day 5 - Friday 28th May
You have a big day tomorrow so today it's time to unwind. We will have a couple of workshops in the morning and there are extra activities around the desert you can add-on at an extra cost. From 4x4 tours of the best Wadi Rum sights, to climbing - we will let you know a list of options. Of course, putting your feet up and relaxing at the Athletes’ Village is still very much an option.
Day 6 - Saturday 29th May
The moment has come - race day. We’ll head to the startline together and run as a community in what will be one of the most magical experiences. Get ready for stunning trails and a remarkable finish line moment, as you take the final steps of the hardest race of your life. And at that finish line, we’ll have a huge welcome home for you. Party into the night, you deserve it...
Day 7 - Sunday 30th June
The race is over and you'll have the usual aches and pains to remind you. To take your mind off it we have organised some incredible Bolt-On Adventures that show you the very best that Jordan has to offer. Alternatively, and reluctantly, we will let you return home and transfers to the airport are included!
I’ve been involved with Impact Marathon since 2016 - it combines my love of running and adventure with my passion for lasting social impact. I’ve really loved spending time this week with the projects we’ll be supporting.
The race/running aspect is like a celebratory lap at the end of the trip which is a brilliant way to bring everyone together! It’s not like any normal race, in a unique environment and running through sand is not easy
"Disconnect and appreciate the simple things in life👌🏼 This was very much accomplished these last few days in the beautiful Wadi Rum/Jordan! 🌵"
If you’ve ever considered doing a desert ultra then decided you didn’t like sand/heat enough to run in it for multiple days in a row (just me? 🤷🏻♀️) then this is the race for you!
Energetic leader of the dream and revels in making a vision into a reality - bringing people together through the power of running. This will be the 6th country he has built a marathon event in and he continues to bring his passion, ideas and creativity to each new country. The combination of travel, trail running and driving lasting positive impact is the perfect mix of his favourite things and you'll see that shine through in how he sculpts the week for you.
Moataz brings his wealth of connections, project management experience and love for his country to our Impact vision. As a member of the Mela Network he has been able to help source the most important social projects in the country and his ability to not only grasp the bigger vision but draw out the steps to creating it is second to none.
Wissam was the first person to support the Impact Marathon dream, all the way back in 2016. His dream was to bring a race to the Middle East and now he is the driving force behind this race. The Capital For Good Foundation was created as Wissam took on the infamous Marathon Des Sables ultramarathon - clearly he is not finished with running through deserts!
Khaled is the COO of Naua, a Crown Prince Foundation Initiative linking donors and volunteers to the most important projects in Jordan. His encyclopaedic knowledge of the passionate humans changing the future of communities across the country is what has shaped the entire Impact Week, as we dig deep into the small changes that can have an exponential Impact. He is all set to run the 10km race and is confident of a podium position.
Run the Ancient Desert
May 24 - 30 2021
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Jordan is the 2nd most water scarce country on earth. Our program in Jordan is all around how to get more from less, and the Home Gardens projects does exactly that. We will be working on and building home gardens that will be used in the community in a ground-breaking new project. The learning starts with the children, who manage the gardens and ensure, with the minimal amount of water possible, we are growing more. The women then are able to sell the excess produce that brings income into the family - it’s here we’ve seen an opportunity to re-invest that and grow the home gardens as a business.
We rarely come across projects that touch so many of the Global Goals - from Life on Land to Sustainable Cities and Communities, to Gender Equality - and so many more. It’s a small idea with huge impact in such a water scarce country.
One more night in the community, before we head south for Race Day.
Extreme heat, dryness and high salinity levels are making the Dead Sea valley, the lowest place on earth, an increasingly hostile environment. When you couple this with overgrazing and inappropriate cultivation practices it quickly leads to increased desertification across the region.
In permaculture, the goal is to use the natural land resources to the maximum, without the need for external water sources or chemicals. By capturing all the water we can, from showers or sinks, and establishing hardy trees and nitrogen-fixing plants that provide the garden with anti-evaporation strategies, we maximise every single drop of water for every family. All waste is reused, and water is always harvested. By implementing techniques like intercropping and using every niche and level to create different layers of plants, permaculture can produce more food using fewer resources.