Experience Jordan Adventures proudly announces the successful continuation of its partnership with “HALF MARATHON DES SABLES – HMDS” during the second edition hosted in Wadi Rum, Jordan, in 2023.
This collaboration represents a significant milestone for our company, reaffirming our commitment to fostering adventure and unique experiences amidst the awe-inspiring landscapes of Jordan. The event seamlessly intertwined the exhilaration of endurance running with the breathtaking splendor of the Jordanian desert.
This edition breaks new ground by prioritizing environmental stewardship by partnering with a waste management company for responsible recycling and disposal. This dedication to sustainability has yielded a remarkable achievement: a zero-dropout record. Inspired by the event’s eco-conscious approach, participants actively contribute to this success, showcasing the potential for large-scale sporting events to promote sustainable practices and safeguard the natural beauty of Wadi Rum.
The HMDS Jordan edition also celebrates inclusivity with an impressive 54% female participation, setting a precedent for diversity and equitable representation in the demanding desert ultramarathon races.
The impact of the HMDS Jordan edition extends beyond the racetrack, with approximately 350 individuals from the Bedouin community of Wadi Rum reaping indirect benefits. In contrast, a direct positive impact reached 60 members of the local Bedouin community. This underscores the event’s commitment to nurturing positive relationships and contributing to the well-being of the communities surrounding Wadi Rum.
The Desert of Wadi Rum
An Unforgettable Adventure
Let’s venture into the heart of Wadi Rum, a mesmerizing expanse of natural wonders in southern Jordan. This desert oasis is a symphony of contrasts, where towering canyons, sandstone formations, dunes and hidden caves create an awe-inspiring panorama.
Imagine yourself amidst these breathtaking landscapes, embarking on an unforgettable adventure with the Half Marathon des Sables (HMDS). This unique experience will allow you to immerse yourself in the raw beauty of Wadi Rum, where every step unveils a new wonder.
The Race and Distances
The HMDS is meticulously crafted to be inclusive for individuals of all backgrounds and capabilities, ensuring accessibility for everyone to participate and achieve the coveted status of a finisher.
The HMDS route is segmented into three stages, allowing participants to progress at their preferred pace, whether walking or running. Depending on the location, there are two or three available formats: 70 km, 100 km, and 120 km.
The breakdown of each stage is as follows:
Stage 1: 25 to 30 km
Stage 2: Choice of 20 km, 40 km, or 60 km
Stage 3: 25 to 30 km
Format selection occurs during registration, but adjustments can be made until the time of the HMDS. Regardless of whether you opt for the 70 km, 100 km, or 120 km formats, the HMDS accommodates participants of all skill levels, with the sole requirement being a minimum pace of 3.5 km/h—a leisurely walking pace—allowing individuals to complete the course entirely at their own pace.
In recent years, the average rate for HMDS participants has been 5.5 km/h, representing a moderate walking speed. Notably, most HMDS participants, excluding the top 100, complete the course by walking. On average, there is a remarkable 95% finisher rate at the HMDS, with one edition achieving a 100% finisher rate.
Safety Measures at the Half Marathon des Sables
Safety is the top priority at the Half Marathon des Sables. That’s why some safety measures are in place to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable race.
Medical and Organization Teams
• Throughout the race, you will be surrounded by medical and organization teams. They are there to help you with anything you need, from medical attention to directions.
• The courses are marked with stakes every 50/100 meters, so it is almost impossible to get lost. However, if you do get off track, don’t worry! Just follow the stakes and you will eventually find your way back.
• You will all be equipped with a GPS beacon with an alarm button. This allows the organization to locate you anytime if you need help.
• A medical tent is at the bivouac where you can get medical attention anytime.