Sahara Race (Jordan) 2014

February 16th sees the start of the Sahara Race (Jordan) 2014, part of the 4Deserts series of 250 km stage races.
This year’s field of competitors includes Jordan’s 43-year-old Salameh Al Aqra, winner of the Marathon des Sables 2012.
He will be up against Olympian Jose Manuel “Chema” Martinez Fernandez (42) who finished ninth in the 10,000 meters in the 2004 Athens Olympics and 16th in the marathon at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The Spaniard’s long list of accolades includes winning the 2008 Madrid Marathon and a silver medal in the marathon in the 2010 European Championships.

The 191 entrants from around the world will be tackling a diverse course that will move through sand dunes, rock tracks, grassland and riverbeds finishing in the ancient city of Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

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16 – 22 February

Sahara Race (Jordan) 2014
As the ninth edition of the Sahara Race kicks off on 16 February 2014. Competitors will find themselves in one of the most fabled desert-scapes in the beautiful and historic desert of Wadi Rum, famously known as the setting for the 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia. Over seven days, Sahara Race competitors will cross three more deserts – Kharaza, Humaima and Wadi Araba – before finishing in the ancient city of Petra – one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

This year’s Sahara Race is moving out of its home in Egypt for the first time in its nine-year history as a result of recent political unrest.

There is an exciting group of competitors – a double Olympian, a desert running legend on home turf, a blind competitor and four 4 Deserts Club members.

The links below will allow you to view information on the race and follow the race online.



  • Receive live email updates from the field by signing up for Breaking News.
  • Read daily Stage Updates.
  • Read features about competitors, local topics of interest and the race itself.
  • See the list of official competitors with their biographies.
  • See photos and videos from each stage, updated every day starting from Saturday, 15 February, when competitors check-in (photos and videos from previous editions of the race and course recce are online now).
  • Read competitor blogs sent from each night’s camp and leave comments for competitors to read.
  • Send emails to a competitor. Emails will be available for competitors to read each evening in the Cybertent at camp.
  • Daily results will be posted to the website at the end of each day.
  • Read official press releases and other news in our Pressroom.

Please bear in mind that all content is uploaded from the course via satellite. Due to the instability of satellites, the time that information is uploaded may vary each day.

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