Amman Dead Sea Marathon is an annual race that’s held in Amman, Jordan in April every year. It attracts thousands of runners and enthusiasts from all parts of the world, including some of the well-known marathon runners. The number of participants continues to grow each year.

The main objective of the Dead Sea Ultra Marathon is to promote athleticism, especially among the youth of the world, and to promote Jordan tourism. It also aspires to promote athletic cooperation between different Middle Eastern countries and the world. Some of the other objectives of the Marathon are to encourage everyone to adopt a healthy lifestyle and give the Jordanians a platform to volunteer for an important cause.

The annually held event has supported causes like
- The Society for the Care of Neurological Patients (SCNP) which comes to the rescue of needy neurological patients who require medical aid for covering the cost of their surgeries
- Disabled Child Care Society
- Al Hussein Society for the Habilitation and Rehabilitation of the Physically Challenged
- Amman Road Runners
- King Hussein Cancer Foundation (KHCF)
- Smoke Free Society
- The Jordan Pharmaceutical Students Association
- Al Hussein Youth Club, and many more in the past.

It continues to contribute to all such noble initiatives. The event is held under the direct patronage of the Jordan’s Prince Raad Bin Zeid, in an effort to generate funds and/or show support for all such organizations.

The marathon has received tremendous recognition on both national and international platforms in past several years. At its core, a thorough physical sport, the Dead Sea Ultra Marathon is the epitome of human endurance and resistance to the maximum level. The runners are made to start the race from peaks and high lands of Amman, and are then supposed to run down to the earth’s lowest point, that is The Dead Sea (situated in the southern Jordan desert). If we were to look at the exact figures, the Dead Sea Ultra Marathon starts from a point which is 900 m above the sea level, and its main event involves a 50 km stretch, taking the runners 400 m below the sea level. This means a total descent of around 1300 meters! It is for all such reasons that Dead Sea Marathon rightfully deserves a place amongst some of the most talked-about marathons in the world., a ranking website, has given it a rightful place among other similarly interesting marathons. You can go through their shortlisted marathons here.

The race is normally divided into different events – a Half Marathon, a Standard Marathon and An Ultra marathon. Apart from these, there are also races for the visually impaired and people on wheel chairs. Nevertheless, it’s entirely up to the organizers which all races must be included in the event.

On the other hand, it is up to the runners whether they wish to participate in the marathon at the individual level, or in the form of teams of four people. Everyone passes through tarmac roads devoid of any shade or protection from the sun. Well-known scientists like Yannis Pitsiladis have participated in Dead Sea Marathon, as a part of his Sub2 project, with the idea of completing a marathon in less than two hours.

Following are some important points that must be noted by all the people planning to take part in the race:
– It is a must for all the runners to cross the timing mats, else they are not considered having taken part in the race.
– The route of Amman Dead Sea Marathon is normally marked after every kilometer.
– Ambulances and first-aid services are made available throughout the route and up till the finish line.
– It is mandatory for all the runners to attach their bib numbers to their T-shirts, before moving on to the start line.
– Water stations are located after every 3 km on the race route.
– All runners of the Dead Sea Ultra Marathon are urged to leave behind their bags inside the luggage vans parked at their respective starting points. The bags must be labelled with the same number that’s provided to the runners in their package. After completing the race, the same bags can be picked up from the luggage booth, situated at the finishing point, which is the Amman Tourist Beach. Although the organizers take good care that none of the bags are lost, please bear in mind that they cannot be held responsible for the loss of any bags or the valuables inside them.
– Every runner must wear his/her unique official marathon race number on the front of his/her t-shirt in order to be considered having participated in the race.
– The entry fees of the race is nontransferable and non-refundable in any way, without any exceptions.
– You cannot transfer the entry fee to any other event. Furthermore, bartering, swapping or sale of the marathon race numbers or the marathon race entries is strictly prohibited.
– Runners must follow every instruction provided by the organizers with regard to the attachment of bib numbers to their chests.
– Any runners who are unable to finish the race and need transportation to the finish line should wait for the designated bus to pick them up.
– Any sort of complaint against participant/s must be made directly to the Jordan Athletic Federation (JAF) committee, in a written format and inside half an hour of finishing the race. The complaint forms can be obtained from the race timekeepers.
– Every participant must provide his/her photo identity card in order to receive the timing chip and the race number from the Run Jordan or Marathon Village offices.
– The participants must be at least 18 years in age in order to take part in the fun run, half marathon, marathon or full marathon.
– All participants must pick their marathon race packets and their race numbers on their own from the Marathon Village.
– Every runner must run only in the dedicated side of the roads, else he/she may get disqualified from the race.
– It is entirely up to the runners to keep themselves in top physical condition and good health to be able to take on the challenges put by the marathon.
– Once the race organizers receive and accept a runner’s entry, he/she will not be entitled to any sort of refund if he/she doesn’t participate. As mentioned earlier the person can’t sell or give his/her race number to anyone either.
– Runners can use the toilet facilities provided at the finishing point and starting point of the 10 km race, half marathon and ultra-marathon.
– Runners participating in the 21 km and 50 km races must finish their race before 1 PM, as all roads are opened to public after that.
– Any groups participating in the event are allowed to wear their respective organizations’ T-shirts, as long as their T-shirts don’t show any kind of support to smoking, alcohol, political agendas and/or political parties.
– All runners are expected to fill up their medical information at the back of their respective running numbers. It should include details like sensitivity to any drugs, blood group etc.
– The participants should not fold or cut their numbers, nor should they remove the bar code.
– The runners can be instantly disqualified if they’re found bringing animals on the racetrack or using skateboards, roller blades or bicycles.
– Runners participating in Dead Sea Ultra Marathon must show proper courtesy to the police, volunteers and members of the organizing committee. All directions must be strictly followed and no one should try venturing into the restricted areas.
– Any participant wanting to continue running after 12 PM in the afternoon, must do so only at his/her own risk. No timings are recorded after the 12 PM cut-off time.
– All runners’ numbers must be clearly visible throughout the race, especially when they approach the finish line and the timekeeping stations.
– None of the runners must try to approach or cross the finish line more than once.

Breaking any of the above listed rules can lead to instant disqualification from the race or time penalties.

Also, the runners must keep in mind that it’s entirely up to the organizing committee to close the timing and water stations any time after the specified time. All event referees are provided by the Jordan Athletic Federation and the results of the race are made available within 48 hours of the finishing time.