A grueling run through a magnificent landscape
We are of course talking about the great Wadi Bih Run which we just had the pleasure (and pain!) of experiencing last weekend. And what an experience it was.
The Wadi Bih Run was first established in 1993 by John Gregory and in those days took part in Wadi Bih in Oman (hence the name). Since 2007 however border restrictions have enforced a change of route and the course now starts from the Golden Tulip Hotel in Dibba heading up to Wadi Khab Shamsi and then back down the same route again.
We were all running the event for the first time and decided to take take on the main 72km team event which consists of 5 team members splitting up the distance between over 20 varying stages. The varying landscape is both breathtaking and challenging, not only due to some of the sharp inclines that have to be overcome on certain stages but also navigating and weaving your way through oncoming vehicles that are coming down the mountain!
Other running categories are available including a 50km team option and two solo options, one at 50km and one at the full distance of 72km. Considering we found it challenging to complete the 72km as a team I wouldn't recommend either of the two solo options unless you are a seasoned athlete. Running 50km would be hard enough but running the full 72km course is nothing short of spectacular! True warrior mode.
The whole event is a great day out and doing it as part of a team adds a teamwork element that provides great motivation as each member spur the other on to complete each of the stages. Not to mention the amazing scenery that you get to run through as you progress through the course.
We're already looking forward to the Wadi Bih Run of 2016 and urge any of you who think you might like to take part in next years run to go for it!