November 28 - December 4 2022 | Jordan

Run the Ancient Desert

Join us on the sandy dunes of Jordan for our first ever (desert) race.

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THE EXPERIENCE

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

42km

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

Half Marathon

21km

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. 

Starter Route

10km

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.

HIGHLIGHTS

Petra

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 2021.

Rural Jordan

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.

Run in Rum

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.

Deep Impact

We believe in the unique power of running as an inspiration and catalyst for positive change. By bringing together people, united by this common interest and common goals, we aim to educate, inspire and drive positive and sustainable change that supports the Global Goals in creating a better world for our future. Jordan Impact Marathon will support our charity partner Greening the Camps - inspiring experts in the harnessing of incredibly scarce water to feed a community, and bringing it into the lives of those living in the refugee regions of Jordan.

Bedouin Athletes' Village

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.

Impact Ambassadors

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.

THE TRIP

Day 1 - Monday 28th November

Welcome

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 29th November

Greening the Desert

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 30th November

Greening the Desert

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 1st December

Petra

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 2nd December

Day Off

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 3rd December

Race Day

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 4th December

Homecoming

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!

INCLUDED

Accommodation

Food

Transport (excluding airport)

Race Entry

Entry & Guide in Petra

Race Shirt & Stash

Project Visits

NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Travel Insurance & Visa

Alcohol, Snacks & Refreshments

Rest Day Lunch

Airport Transfers

Jordan Pass

TESTIMONIALS

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.

- SOPHIE POWER, IMPACT AMBASSADOR

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

- ALEX CROCKFORD, IMPACT AMBASSADOR

Disconnect and appreciate the simple things in life👌🏼 This was very much accomplished these last few days in the beautiful Wadi Rum/Jordan! 🌵

- LIZZIE THOMSON, IMPACT AMBASSADOR

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!

- CHARLIE WATSON, IMPACT AMBASSADOR

HOSTS

Nick Kershaw

Impact Marathon Series

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.

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Stuart Campbell

Impact Marathon General Manager

Meet awesome Stuart! Our new General Manager and leading up all things Jordan Impact Marathon 2022. 

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Nick Butter

Impact Ambassador

Founder of the 196 Foundation, world record holder, and friend!

We have been planning this moment since 2018, when we supported Nick on his run through Guatemala...just two weeks into his challenge. Since then we arranged his Nepal and Rwanda marathons...each time dreaming up new ways to work together.

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Run the Ancient Desert

PACKAGES

November 28 - December 4 2022

ONLY 8 LEFT

Base Camp

$1,248.72/pp

DEPOSIT $412.08

Beautiful Bedouin Canvas accommodation, beds and shared washrooms.
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ONLY 12 LEFT

Summit Camp

$1,499.72/pp

DEPOSIT $494.91

Beautiful Bedouin canvas accommodation, sharing with 1 other.
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Pascha Camp

$1,750.72/pp

DEPOSIT $577.74

The ultimate Wadi Rum experience - perfect for couples and friends alike.
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THE IMPACT

In Jordan, we have partnered up directly Greening The Camps is a non-profit organisation that designs, develops, builds and maintains rooftop gardens in Palestinian refugee camps.

Greening The Camps

Greening The Camps is a non-profit organisation that designs, develops, builds and maintains rooftop gardens in Palestinian refugee camps. The project is driven by our passion for environment and earthcare and our understanding of urban design and its toolsets. Sharing and gathering knowledge, as well as creating a truly sustainable livelihood are closely linked with our devotion to enrich impoverished urban and camp areas. The multi-layered process is, on every level, guided by the ideas and desires of the local community with whom we work. Through reconnecting displaced communities with food production from urban agricultural practices, we try to create opportunities for local empowerment and economic development.

FAQS

All Impact Week packages include: your accommodation for the week (including bedding, toilet and “washroom” facilities), most meals and snacks (though we encourage you to buy snacks from local vendors, and some itineraries include free time which may include a meal on your own accord), a top-notch medical team onsite 24/7, your race entry including refreshments on course, country-specific Impact swag (think t-shirt, cap, gorgeous handmade race medals), and any necessary transportation to project sites and on race day. Each country and itinerary is a bit different, so some packages may include “extras” such as group airport transfer at a designated time (you’ll want to make that 5 hour drive to the Malawian village together with your new friends!).

Arrival ideas for 28th: 

We will be kicking things off at dinner time, so we do recommend earlier flights (or arriving a day earlier to explore Amman), but all these flights will work well.

  • Austrian Airlines (15.35)
  • Ryanair, via Vienna (16.40) or via Memmingen (16.50)
  • Lufthansa (20.00); Ryanair, via Paphos (22.05)
  • British Airways (direct from London, 22.10)
  • Royal Jordanian (direct from London, 23.05)

Recommended Jordan, Amman flights to depart on 4th December: 

We will be right in the south of the country, so we recommend afternoon flights (or an extra night in Amman to rest those legs a bit more)

  • Austrian Airlines (16.40) 
  • Emirates (17.10) Ryanair, via Paphos (18.35), via Milan Bergamo (19.30), via Budapest (19.55), or via Bucharest (21.00)

November 28 - December 4 2022

FROM $1,248.72/pp

November 28 - December 4 2022

FROM $1,248.72/pp
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