Riyadh Marathon 2020: A New Running Adventure
In February 2020, Untamed Borders will be running their first ever Riyadh Marathon departure, giving intrepid runners the opportunity to take part in one of the world’s most unknown races.
After working to help set up the Marathon of Afghanistan in 2015, Untamed Borders have become specialists in marathon running adventures, now taking guests to some of the world’s most inaccessible and unique races. The latest offering to Saudi Arabia is no different, giving runners the chance to not only take part in an extraordinary race, but also to experience Saudi Arabian culture and visit some of the countries famous landmarks.
Starting in Riyadh, guests will have the chance to visit Dirryyah Village, a UNESCO World Heritage site on the outskirts of Riyadh where the history of the Al Saud Dynasty began. The trip continues to Masmak fort, an important monument which was captured by the Saud family in 1902, beginning their rule across this region. Other highlights include a visit to the National Museum and Murabba Palace, built in 1937 by King Abdulaziz (the first monarch of Saudi Arabia), in the traditional Najid style using only local building materials.
The marathon itself will take place across the desert and through farmland on the outskirts of Riyadh, an area which provides a safe environment for all participants to run. Until this year, the marathon has only been open to Saudi Arabia nationals and residents, but due to the new Saudi Arabia visa system, international runners can now also take part.
Guests also have the option to extend their trip to Rub’Al Khali (the Empty Quarter) the largest sand desert in the world, stretching across Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman and Yemen. You can find more details of the Empty Quarter extension here.