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Petra Desert Marathon & Half 2024

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Petra Desert Marathon is designed to be more than just a race. It is focused on running in spectacular places, surrounded by charming people, and exposed to new cultural experiences. It’s not just about the race – it’s about enjoying time together with family, friends, and other running-minded spirits while exploring the world. Spectators welcome!

For international participants, race entry is only possible in conjunction with the multi-day tour package. Discover the ethereal landscape of the Jordanian desert while appreciating the rich history of the ancient city of Petra. Indulge in delicious Jordanian cuisine, take a dip in the dead sea, and challenge yourself to conquer the heat in the Petra Desert Marathon.


Important Note : This event is on a Request Basis. Once we receive your booking, we wil aim to have this confirmed with 3 working days, at which time your deposit will be collected form your credit or debit card.

Your Petra Marathon and Half break, includes the following:

  • 5 nights’ accommodation
  • Meet and greet on arrival
  • Arrival transfer
  • 4 scheduled departure transfer
  • Transportation as per itinerary
  • English speaking tour leader
  • 3-days entry to Petra
  • Meals according to itinerary
  • Celebration Dinner

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Race entry > Prices and options below

Additional tours and excursions listed below

Event Entries:

  • Marathon or half-marathon (extra cost)

Race entry includes:

    • English-speaking race officials
    • Medical team
    • Official Race T-shirt, Time taking and medal
    • Supplies on the route

Extensions and Excursions - bookable at check-out

  • 9-12th September – Adventure Extension 
  • 3-4th September – Wonders of Amman Pre-tour Extension 
  • Petra Kitchen 
  • Baptism Site, Mt Nebo & Madaba


Event Includes

Important Note : This event is on a Request Basis. Once we receive your booking, we wil aim to have this confirmed with 3 working days, at which time your deposit will be collected form your credit or debit card.

Your Petra Marathon and Half break, includes the following:

  • 5 nights’ accommodation
  • Meet and greet on arrival
  • Arrival transfer
  • 4 scheduled departure transfer
  • Transportation as per itinerary
  • English speaking tour leader
  • 3-days entry to Petra
  • Meals according to itinerary
  • Celebration Dinner
Your Itinerary

04 September 2024: Arrival in Jordan and Transfer to The Dead Sea

Upon arrival, our airport representative will meet you in the arrivals hall to take you to your hotel at the Dead Sea. After check-in you have the rest of the day/evening free to enjoy the pool and the beach on your own.

Please note that many flights to Amman arrive at night time. Hotel check in is normally at 15:00 in the afternoon, so if you arrive in the night and want your room available upon arrival we recommend that you book a pre-night. The airport representative is also available for pre-night arrivals and participants also have transfer to the Dead Sea included for pre-night bookings.

Meals: Not included

05 September 2024: The Dead Sea

Wake up at the Dead Sea – the lowest point on Earth – and start the day with a delicious breakfast at the hotel. Today will be all about winding down and relaxing by the pool or floating on the surface of the Dead Sea, which is sometimes considered the largest spa in the world, due to its healing properties. It is only fair you get to spend the whole day immersed in this magical place. It is the perfect way to mentally prepare yourself for the challenge ahead.

You will also have the option of joining our full day excursion around some of the historical and cultural highlights of Jordan: Mt. Nebo, Madaba and Baptism Site. It's an extraordinary excursion packed with knowledge from our experienced tour-guides.

Meals: Breakfast

06 September 2024: Dead Sea to Petra. Race briefing and Pasta Dinner

After breakfast, you’ll take a long drive to Wadi Musa (Petra), approximately 6 hours to enjoy the views from the window. Upon arrival, you’ll have lunch at a local restaurant, before checking into your next hotel, the perfect location to get out and explore the illustrious “Red Rose City of Petra.” As the sun sets all runners will meet at tomorrow’s finish area, where the race officials and medical team will give the race briefing. Participants will also collect their goodie bags at the briefing. In the evening, carbo-load with a pasta dinner served at your hotel restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

07 September 2024: Race day

Today is the day we have all been waiting for! After an early wakeup call and a light continental breakfast, all runners will walk together through the Siq to the start line at the Street of Facades. As Petra is not open to the public at that time of day, runners will get the unique experience of seeing Petra without the crowds!

In the evening we offer an optional local experience - Petra Kitchen - that can be booked in addition to the tour package. Please check the excursions below the itinerary for more details.

Meals: Breakfast and packed lunch

08 September 2024: Petra and Celebration Dinner

Today, explore Petra's full glory. After breakfast, you will walk to the Petra Visitor's Center for a guided tour of the site, on foot, and learn about the impressive history of yesterday’s starting point. The main entrance to the historical and archeological city of Petra is the Siq. With walls rising up to 200 metres in height, this narrow gorge, split apart by tectonic forces, winds its way 1.2 km through the mountains and ends at Petra's most elaborate temple, the Treasury. After lunch you have free time, opt to try the Turkish baths and spas or enjoy on of the local restaurants. In the evening, all participants will head to the desert for a festive celebration dinner. Dine, drink, and dance under the stars.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

09 September 2024: Farewell Jordan or Hello Extension

Sadly, your Jordan adventure has come to end. it is time to bid farewell to this extraordinary country. Checkout from the hotel must be completed before 12:00 (noon). All participants are transferred to Queen Alia International Airport in Amman.

Four transfers are available with ARRIVAL times at the airport on 5 September as follows: 05:00, 08:00, 13:00 and 18:00.

It is possible to book a different transfer to Queen Alia International Airport if the above scheduled group transfers don't fit your onward journey (extra charge) > contact us for a quote.

Participants who book one of the extensions will start their adventure after breakfast today

Optional tours and excusions (prices and selection on the following page):

  • Petra Kitchen 
  • Baptism Site, Mt Nebo & Madaba
  • Marathon or Half Marathon Entry 

Tour extensions (prices and selection on the following page):


  • 3-4th September : Wonders of Amman

2 days exploring the heart of Amman & the excavated city of Jerash.


  • 9-12th September : Adventure Extension 

Explore the Wadi Rum desert, hiking through canyon-like valleys, waterfalls and the city of Amman.





Need to Know


Please note that all decisions made by the race officials and or medical team are final and not up for discussion.

Albatros Adventure Marathons reserve the right to change the itinerary and/or running course without further notice in the event of extreme weather. This also includes the decision to cut the course short.

By signing up for this event you agree to the Terms & Conditions of Albatros Adventure Marathons 


It is recommended that participants run in light-weight, light-coloured clothing.

To prevent heatstroke, consider ways to keep direct sun off your skin - in that sense, a T-shirt offers better protection than a sleeveless shirt, but it is of course an personal choice. In all cases, we strongly recommend the use of sunscreen with high protection and a cap. One might also consider a buff or a bandana to keep sun off the back of your neck (plus, you can get it wet at the water stations to get a cooling effect). 

There are no clothing restrictions, so women and men alike can run in shorts, tights, tank tops etc. As Petra is largely tourist destination, locals in the area are more used to seeing shorts than locals in some other parts of the country.

Age limits

Full marathon runners must be at least 18 years old on race day.

Half marathon runners must be at least 16 years old.

Awards and medal

All finishers receive a medal. A small, symbolic prize is given to the winners for men and women. Please note that there is no prize money.

Bib number

You will receive your start/bib number in the race goodie bag.

All runners will receive one bib number that must be worn during the race. It must be attached to the front of your body and readable - both for safety and for photography purposes! The bib numbers are color-coded according to the distance you are running: 

- Full marathon bibs - black

- Half-marathon - red

Goodie Bag

At the race briefing the night before the race, runners will receive their goodie bags. Inside this bag you'll find your start number, race t-shirt, information on the route, and your timing chip/velcro strap. 


Marathon Photos will take personal photos of all runners. The photos can be purchased after the race from 

Your Finisher's Certificate will be available for free download.

Time Taking & Results

Timing is done with an AMB Chip. The chip will be in the goodie bag that runners receive. The chip must be attached around the ankle with a velcro strap (also provided in the goodie bag) or in the shoe lace. The chip must be handed back to the staff at the finish line.


The Petra Desert Marathon features two distances:

Full marathon - 42.195km/26.2mi

Half marathon - 21.1km/13.1mi

Please note that the marathon route has an out-and-back stretch totalling 18km. At the turn-around point of this stretch (9km out) marathon runners will receive a wristband to prove that they went all the way out. The wristband must be worn for the remainder of the race to the finish line. No wristband = disqualification. The wristband applies to marathon runners only.

It is possible to change the distance you want to run up to 10 days before the race starts. All you need to do is contact us with your request. If you want to change your distance while on tour, contact a race official before or after the race briefing. You must bring your original race number!

Change of distance is NOT PERMITTED on Race Day.

Medical Team

A team of Danish doctors and Icelandic paramedics will be present during the race. The medical team is ready in case of injury or severe exhaustion. A doctor will be patrolling the route and a doctor will stand by in the finish area. If the medical team finds it necessary they can stop a runner and take him/her out of the race. Decisions on taking runners out of the race will only be done if the medical team believes there is a serious health risk in continuing. 

All decisions made by the medical team are final and not up for discussion.

Runners who wish to drop out of the marathon should go to the nearest drink station. Transport to the finish area will be arranged for all runners who leave the race, but please be aware there will be a waiting time. 

If you take daily medicine prescribed by your physician or need any other medication, please inform Destination Sport Experiences in advance. 

Personal supplies

Personal belongings can be dropped off at the Visitor's Centre and will be brought to the finish area. Any personal belongings that you want available at the finish area should be packed in a bag or backpack and clearly marked with your name and start number. The bag must be handed over to the race officials at the Petra Visitor's Centre before 5:30 on race day morning.

The walk from the Visitors Centre to the start line can be chilly and a light jacket or sweater is recommended for the walk. This jacket or sweater can be dropped at the start line and will be brought to the finish area. Again, we ask you to clearly mark all your belongings with name and start number. The Petra Desert Marathon organisers cannot be held responsible for any lost or damaged items or valuables. It is possible to have personal supplies delivered to selected drinks stations (please see the route map for specifics). Marathon runners can get personal supplies at four stations and half-marathon runners at one station. The personal supplies can be food, drinks, sunscreen, or other personal necessities.

Personal supplies must be handed over to the race officials at the race briefing the day before the race - remember to clearly mark your supplies with your start number and the number of the drink station you want it deposited at.

Personal supplies deposited at the drink stations will not be returned.

Race Officials

English-speaking race officials are in charge of setting up the route as well as controlling the logistics on race day. They will be patrolling the route and guiding on the most crucial places on the course. Assisting guides will also be placed on the route to show directions. 

The race officials reserve the right to change the course and other aspects of the race without advance notice.

Rules and regulations

Change of Distance: If you decide to change distance during the race, the race result will read FNT (finished no time). All runners who change distances before race day will be registered accordingly and receive an official time.

Top Finishers: The top three male and female finishers of all distances are the first three to physically cross the finish line regardless of their net time.

Gear: Nordic walking and trekking poles are not allowed.

Time limit

All runners have 7 hours from start time to complete their race, regardless of distance. Runners still on the route after the time limit will be picked up by a race official or medical car and driven back to the finish area.

Five hours after the start, however, the marathon route closes at the 31km mark (10km mark for the half marathon) meaning that runners who haven’t passed this point at 11:30 will not be permitted to finish the race.


With temperatures as high as 35°C / 95°F and a hilly, desert route offering very little shade, the Petra Desert Marathon is an arduous race. Participants should be ready to deal with heat and remember - hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

Route Logistics

Kilometer signs can be found along the entire route. Owing to the conditions, however, they may be placed +/- some meters from the exact point. The kilometer signs are therefore only for orientation and runners shouldn’t calculate speed based on the signs.

Note that there won’t be any toilets along the course, which means that there are toilets everywhere! Toilet paper is available at all drink stations. Please respect the nature and leave no trace behind - you can deposit used toilet paper in the disposal bins at the drink stations. 

The route is not closed off to traffic, but traffic police guards all entries to the route to warn drivers and ask them to slow down. Traffic is not heavy on these roads, but do keep an eye out for cars and trucks while running on paved roads.


The route is run on a mixture of gravel and paved roads. The surface in the desert sections is sand with loose rocks.

A pocket of peace in the middle of an otherwise turbulent region, Jordan offers safe passage to experience the magic of the Levant.

From a lavish town of ruins hidden in the middle of the desert to a giant salt lake where one can float like a leaf, there are adventures galore in this middle eastern gem. Adventurous travelers can explore the desert of Wadi Rum – made famous by Lawrence of Arabia – or discover the living biblical history in the heart of The Holy Land. Add to that delicious cuisine and exceptionally hospitable people, and Jordan is a journey worth taking.

Hotel Options

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  • Petra Desert Marathon - Deluxe Accommodation

    Tourism St Petra Wadi Musa Jordan 71810

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    Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea and Mövenpick Resort Petra (or similar)

    On the deluxe accommodation package you will stay the first 2 nights at the Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea or similar and the following 3 nights at Mövenpick Resort or similar in Petra. 

    Stay in two beautiful 5-star Mövenpick hotels that are elegantly furnished. Rooms are clean and well decorated, outfitted with modern amenities such as air-conditioning, room service options and satellite TVs. The properties offer great service and even have a chocolate hour for a complementary sweet indulgence every afternoon. 

    The Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea has an onsite spa with a wide selection of wellness treatments, access to the beach and a nicely designed adult-only infinity pool. restaurant offers all-day à la carte and buffet dining. Breakfast is served daily.

    Once you arrive at the Mövenpick resort in Petra, you will be staying across from Petra and near to the centre of Wadi Musa, a favourite location for visitors to the area. Onsite there are two restaurants; one serving Mediterranean dishes, a tearoom, a fitness centre, games room and relaxing outdoor areas such as the roof garden and swimming pool.


    Key Features:

    • WiFi
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Gym
    • City Centre Location
    • Beachfront
    • Spa
  • Petra Desert Marathon - Standard Accommodation

    Petra Visitor Center Street Wadi Musa Jordan 71882

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    Grand East Hotel and Petra Palace (or similar)

    On the standard accommodation package you will stay the first 2 nights at the Grand East Hotel - Dead Sea or similar. The following 3 nights in Petra will be at Petra Palace or similar.

    The Grand East Hotel is a large hotel complex on the Dead Sea Beach, offering lots of great onsite facilities such as 3 restaurants, 2 poolside bars, a shisha lounge, 4 outdoor pools, a full serviced spa and a gym. Lots of activities are on offer and there is great access to the beach. Rooms are air conditioned and fitted with straightforward amenities including a flat screen TV and a kettle.  There is a free area shuttle to help you explore in your free time.

    For the second half of the tour, you’ll stay at Petra Palace which is in a great location near to the Petra entrance. This well positioned 3 star hotel is a welcoming family-run property boasting traditional Arabic hospitality. Enjoy the beautifully maintained gardens, or take a dip in one of the hotel pools. There is a buffet style restaurant and rustic bar also on-site.

    Key Features:

    • WiFi
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Gym
    • Spa

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