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3rd edition of Himam Trail Run Race returns in Dec 2022 with iconic experiences for runners in Al Hajar mountains

The 2022 edition will take place on 1-3 December 2022, and will feature routes designed to suit all endurance levels at distances of 55km and Al Hajar Range Challenge 100km

The third edition of Oman’s Himam Trail Run Race will return in December 2022 to take on Al Hajar mountains once more with hundreds of trail running enthusiasts and pros expected to line up at the start line. 

The 2022 edition will take place on 1-3 December 2022, and will feature routes designed to suit all endurance levels at distances of 55km and Al Hajar Range Challenge 100km that qualify those who complete them with points earned from the International Trail Running Association (ITRA), and a 25km for beginners who are looking to start a trail running career. 

Aiming to celebrate sport, health and the environment in the Al Dakhiliyah Governorate of Oman, the 2021 edition of the Himam Trail Run Race attracted 421 runners from 36 countries, including 50 female athletes and 29 runners aged over 50 years of age. 

It brought together a dedicated team of 60 organisers and 270 volunteers to deliver a highly-successful event. This year’s event will aim to attract more female athletes, and runners of all ages from across Oman and around the world to test themselves against a unique challenge.

Organisers have officially opened registration for the race. The Al Hajar Range Challenge 100km will start in Al Hamra one Thursday, July 1, at the heart of traditional plantations, magnificent Omani irrigation canals and picturesque villages, taking runners on a journey of discovery. 

The 2021 edition of the Himam Trail Run Race attracted 421 runners from 36 countries, including 50 female athletes and 29 runners aged over 50 years of age. 

100km runners will experience a route that once witnessed international runners coming to compete for the Oman by UTMB in 2019. 

The route then circles the foothills of Jabal Akhdar before heading to the gates of the old Fort in Birkat Al Mouz where a race village open for spectators awaits their arrival. 

The 25km and 55km races will begin at Birkat Al Mouz on Friday, with routes designed to give runners a variety of terrain and a taste of culture, ancient history and tradition.

Dr Zahir Al Riyami, Head of the Organising Committee, said, “We are delighted to announce the return of the Himam Trail Run Race later this year and invite runners from around the world to visit Oman to take part. 

The last two events have been hugely successful and shown that there is a deep-rooted passion for sport within Oman and that the nation offers a unique landscape found nowhere else on the trail running circuit. We look forward to welcoming runners to the beautiful region of Al Hajar mountains to take on some of the courses tailored particularity for this event.”

The 2022 Himam Trail Run Race is organised by Himam Adventure under the umbrella of Al Sahwa Team, Nizwa Club, and supported by the Oman Athletics Association, the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Youth and the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism. 

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