The event included four different routes, the longest over 50 kilometers (31 miles), a marathon-lenght route of 42 kilometers (26 miles), a half marathon and a 10-kilometer run. The start of the first run was sounded at the predawn hour of 6:30 AM, before the sun had a chance to make its picturesque rise over the mountains of Moab.
At the starting line, music boomed, and the adrenalin rose from minute-to-minute. Thirty minutes later, the sun was glittering behind the mountains across the water in neighboring Jordan. Three! Two! One! It started. The runners of the half marathon set off, myself among them. At 7:30 AM, the 10-kilometer circuit was...
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