The sports festival, which attracts thousands of mountain bike riders and runners offers the opportunity for everyone to celebrate the uniqueness of the area.

Desert Challenge at the Dead Sea-17-18 December 2010

 

Mountain biking at the Dead Sea (Photo: Israel Ministry of Tourism)

(Israel Ministry of Tourism)

The annual Veolia Desert Challenge will take place on 17-18 December 2010 at the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth and one of the finalists in the New7Wonders of Nature global campaign. Organized by the Tamar Dead Sea Regional Council, the sports festival, which attracts thousands of mountain bike riders and runners, is not just about racing. It offers the opportunity for everyone to celebrate the uniqueness of the area, with its moon-like landscape, dry, desert air and enchanted evenings.

The Night Run offers runners the chance to race in the challenging terrain of the Judean desert along one of two moon-lit courses: 14 km or 24 km. Participants will run the circular routes at night, illuminated by the full moon and their own headlamps. Runners must carry their own food and water and be prepared for the extreme changes in temperature, from the cold of the desert winter night to the finish in the warmth of the morning sun.

The Ride – a spectacular mountain biking marathon in two-rider teams: 23 km / 46 km / 69 km. The teams ride through the winding creeks of Pratzim and Sedom and experience some of the best- and the lowest – desert routes in the world.

The Festival – from Friday afternoon through Saturday after the races, participants and their families are invited to relax and chill in the specially-prepared festival zone in the heart of the desert. On offer: music, food stalls, showers, kiddies activities, prize-winning competitions and raffles, bike skill and jumping performances, a vibrant bike expo with a wide representation of manufacturers and products, shaded chill-out zones and much more…