Date of race - 18th October 2015

The Race

  • Date of race – 18th October 2015 (Meeting organisers at pick-up point in Cairo on 17th March)
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Location – Egyptian Western Desert – Specifically The White Desert
  • Distance - 160 miles
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Format – Non-stop footrace with entrants being guided by gps.

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Because the time limit is 4 days (96 hours) the event is achievable to a wide variety of abilities and not only elite athletes. Given this time limit it would require an entrant to cover at least 40 miles per 24 hour period. This would mean an average pace of 1.6 mph. Given that most people can walk at around 4 mph it illustrates that this ultramarathon event is very achievable.

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GPS Units

This can be a worry for many people who have never used one before. The units that are appropriate should have replaceable batteries and not rechargeable batteries and be able to upload coordinates. We can recommend the Garmin etrex 10, 20 or 30 units. They all have replaceable batteries which last for approx 12-16 hours before needing to be changed. Coordinates of the route will be sent out to entrants closer to the race date and we will also be assisting with the uploading of these coordinates when in Egypt if people require. GPS is very easy to use and nothing to be apprehensive about. It is simply a case of uploading coordinates and telling the unit to direct you to them.

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Check points / Drop Bags

Once the race begins runners will be guided by their gps units to tented checkpoints situated approximately 15 miles apart. Once in this tented checkpoint competitors have access to hot / cold water, tea, coffee, food and their pre-packed drop bag. The competitor has the option (depending on ability) to either rest at the check point or to quickly refill their water, collect their drop bag and continue on the route.

Before the race begins, entrants will fill personal drop bags with their own personal supplies that they will need at the various check points during the race. These drop bags are then taken to the various checkpoints ready for the entrants to collect them. This drop bag could contain for example; 1 freeze dried meal / boil in the bag meal,  energy bars (non melting), pack of nuts, pack of raisins, some boiled sweets, spare batteries for gps and head torch, clean set of clothes etc etc.

Food will be available at the checkpoints but the food type is not guaranteed. Possible foods at the checkpoints are; noodles, rice, vegetables, eggs, pasta.

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We recommend that you bring food that you know you will like as the food type at each checkpoint is not guaranteed to suit your needs.
There will be at least 1 member of staff at each checkpoint (We cannot guarantee who will be at these check points as we will be moving medical staff around the course where we feel they are needed the most.)

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All drop bags will be taken to the finish line of the race (main camp) after each checkpoint is packed away. The clock is always ticking so each competitor must decide how to manage their time themselves. Given the time limit of 96 hours , competitors must complete a minimum of 40 miles each 24 hour period which we feel is very generous for an event like this.

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Rest & Sleep

When and where the entrants rest is up to the individual; they can either rest along the route, in the check points or not at all.
This race is suitable for a range of abilities from the elite ultra running athletes to the experienced walker.

Your Suitcase

Your suitcase will stay at the main camp throughout the duration of the event and yes it will be safe there.

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What is the main idea behind the event?

The essence of adventure is at the forefront of the event. Navigating using GPS gives runners the freedom and maintains the wilderness ethos of the event. Some entrants prefer to team up for a sense of security whereas others enjoy the liberating feeling of a solo journey.
The location is really amazing. It really does feel like you’re running on another planet. Running at night is even more surreal with an unbelievable number of shooting stars zipping through the sky and the rock formations taking on a subtle blue glow in the moonlight. It is a very tough event but very achievable if the person has their head prepared for it. We have made the event achievable to a wide range of abilities due to the generous time limit of 96 hours. There will be the elite runners who run the event from start to finish with very little rest who will be looking for a good time and placing but there will also be the walkers whose goal is to simply complete this epic challenge in the allotted time.

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Why would a person enter an event like this?

There can be many reasons why people would enter an event like this but a theme that seems to be fairly constant among entrants is how liberating it can be. Many people are consumed with pressures of modern living; paying the mortgage, the bills , trying to develop their careers, buying the next must have product, having the perfect home to accommodate the perfect family etc. By totally removing a person from that environment and stripping away these interruptions they are given a simpler focus. The race moves the entrants focus to food, Water, energy expenditure and camaraderie. They are briefly liberated and removed from the modern pressures society imposes on them and embark on an adventure that people will rarely get to experience, in a location few will get to go.
“Over the years I have ran races in different countries and varied distances but the Ocean Floor Race is by far is the best I have ever participated in . Keith and his team made me feel instantly welcome and part of a a big family that really understood the spirit of adventure. I left the Egyptian White desert with a smile on face, a head full of memories and the knowledge that I had taken part in something truly wonderful ! Thank you FatFeet .” Bryan Rudd- Feb 2013 entrant

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