El Gouna Marathon: AIMS certified

El Gouna Marathon

General Information

A marathon is a challenge not only for the runner but also for the organisers. We would like it not only to be a challenge but also memorable event.
We have chosen the holiday resort El Gouna, on the shores of the Red Sea, which spans over 36.8 Mio square meters with an excellent infrastructure and fascinating surroundings.

The breathtaking natural environment with the changing landscape of desert, lush gardens and lagoons, combined with the legendary Egyptian hospitality and the highly motivated organising team, will ensure that you spend an unforgettable marathon week in El Gouna.

10 000 inhabitants live in El Gouna and 10 000 weekly tourists spend their holidays there. Therefore you can expect many cheering local and tourist spectators along the race track, who will contribute to a unique atmosphere.

The starting line and finishing point are located within the marina of El Gouna, offering a spectacular background when crossing the finish line.

All transfers to the course before and after the race, as well as within El Gouna, are included in the entry fee. Each participant will receive a certificate, a ranking, as well as an El Gouna marathon medal. A personal diploma will be available for every finisher after the race online at www.elgouna-marathon.com and www.sporttiming.ch. You can also order the diploma with your finishing photo against payment.

Registration
Online registration at www.sporttiming.ch or www.elgouna-marathon.com

Eligibility
- Registration is open to all runners who have paid the entry fee
- Each participant is responsible for his/her health condition
- Marathon categories for all four races: men and women

Insurance
Each participant is responsible for his/her own insurance and must take out a personal sickness, accident and third-party liability insurance.

Climate
The average temperature in December is around 20º C.

SMS-Service
As of 4th December we will send information about the start as well as your unofficial result to your mobile phone. Therefore, please indicate your mobile number on the registration form.


Course map
You can look forward to the unique experience of running an attractive, interesting and, at the same time, challenging race of 10.5 km leading through luscious gardens and lagoons, extensive green areas with varied fauna as a contrast to the wilderness of the desert. You must complete 2 rounds for the half-marathon and four rounds for the marathon.

Start: El Gouna Marina. The start line is marked.
Finish: El Gouna Marina. The finish line is marked.

The entire race course is marked and a distance marker is placed every 1 km.

Starting times
Sunday, 6th December 2009 at 8am: 5 km, 10 km, half marathon, marathon and the Charity races

Food and First Aid Stations
Five food and three first aid stations for medical treatment are provided throughout the route. At the food stations isotonic drinks, mineral water, tea, bananas and energy bars are available.

Medical aid will be provided by El Gouna Hospital, equipped to the highest modern standard. A medical team is available for 24 hour emergency service.

Free massage service is available after the race for all participants.


Travel and accommodation arrangements in El Gouna
You can either make your own travel arrangements or refer to the section "marathon travel". We have prepared a package to El Gouna including accommodation at the Hotel Mövenpick ***** El Gouna. El Gouna offers a variety of hotel categories and we are happy to assist you with the preparation of your marathon trip.


Race regulations
Each participant accepts the race regulations when registering .The race regulations are given under www.elgouna-marathon.ch


Distribution of the start numbers
As of 4th December at 10 am we offer all participants and their accompanies
a welcome drink. At the same time we start distributing the start numbers. All start numbers must be collected from the marathon centre by 5th December 2009 at 5pm at the latest. Please bring your participation confirmation with you.


Timing
Time keeping will be carried out by means of a computer chip. A deposit of CHF 100 has to be paid for the rented chip which will be reimbursed after the return of the chip. Timing starts for each participant after he/she has crossed the starting line.


Results
According to the race regulations all results will be published as of 5th December (in the evening) online under www.elgouna-marathon.com and www.sporttiming.ch


Award ceremony
The award ceremony for all four races for men and women, will take place on Sunday 6th December 2009 at the beginning of the farewell party at 6pm.


Farewell party
The farewell party starts on Sunday 6th December 2009 at 6pm with the award ceremony, followed, at 7pm, by a delicious menu of oriental delicacies and colourful oriental dances. You are invited to savour an unforgettable evening of "1001 nights".

We look forward to your participation.