Petra Desert Marathon

Run back in time
Embark on an Arabian adventure and be challenged by a desert run through ancient history!

Jordan’s fabled city of Petra is a remarkable sight to behold. Carved out of red rose sandstone, Petra is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the “New 7 Wonders of the World”.

Annually in August

The Route
The Petra Desert Marathon offers two distance races: a full marathon and half marathon. From the starting line by the Street of Facades, participants will go through the ancient city of Petra and immediately find themselves surrounded by tombs, caves and monasteries carved into the mountainsides. The routes lead into the desert, taking runners on a scenic tour through the stunning mountain and desert landscape.

With temperatures as high as 35°C/95°F and a hilly route offering very little shade, Petra Desert Marathon is an arduous race, but the reward is a sightseeing tour in the land of the Bedouins – a lunar-like landscape of red, yellow, brown and golden-coloured mountains in dreamlike shapes where camels and goats are curious spectators.

Tour Package
Entry in The Petra Desert Marathon is part of a multi-day tour package, giving you the perfect opportunity to run and experience this historic destination. Being rich in history, culture and scenic nature, Jordan offers its visitors superb possibilities for an exciting vacation. From the splendid ruins of Petra and the vast and awe-inspiring Wadi Rum desert, to a floating swim in the Dead Sea – Jordan has something for everybody to enjoy, not to mention, the generous Jordanian hospitality!

Ready to push your limits?
Visit the Petra Desert Marathon website