The Marakez Pyramids Half Marathon takes you up close and personal to the last remaining Ancient Wonder of the World. All three races will remain entirely within the Pyramids Complex, extending the amount of time runners can Race Through History alongside the Great Pyramids of Giza. The race course is fully pedestrianised and is staffed by The TriFactory event organisers and volunteers. The 5K Fun Run course is fairly flat, while the 10K and 21K courses feature several rolling hills and inclines, including the long decline down to the Sphinx and resulting incline on the way back up towards the Finish Line.
The exact distances for each of the three races are as follows:
5K Fun Run - 4.82 kilometres
10K Race - 10.0 kilometres (official distance certified by AIMS)
21K Race - 21.1 kilometres (official distance certified by AIMS)
Nutrition will be provided to all runners on the course and at the Finish Line, but it is recommended that all runners plan their nutrition strategy in advance and make sure they have everything that they need ready for race day. Available nutrition will include:
Nestle Water (in small 330ml plastic bottles)
Electrolyte Sports Drink
Nutrition Stations will be spread out regularly across the course, roughly every 2.5K.
Portable toilets will be found at both the Start Line Zone & the Finish Line Zone, as well as at select points on the course itself. Toilets on the course will be available for all three distances, 5K, 10K, & 21K.
Ambulances will be stationed at the Start Line Zone and Finish Line Zone, and at 3 major points throughout the course, ready to assist runners in need at any time. There will also be First Aid kits and medical personnel available at major crossing points to help with any medical problems that may occur. Mobile event organisers on the course will be monitoring the progress of all runners and will be ready to respond with First Aid if needed. In the event of an emergency, runners will be transported to the nearest medical facility, 5 minutes' drive away from the Giza Pyramids. The safety of our runners is our number one priority, and we are ensuring the best possible care for every participant through event partners Alfa Medical Group and El Safa Hospitals, as well as added support from the National Ambulance Authority.
finish line zone
After you complete your race you will cross the Finish Line. Directly after you cross and have your photo finish, you will have access to emergency First Aid and water and will collect your race medal. You are asked to move quickly so as to make room for the other runners as they cross the Finish Line and so as not to ruin anyone’s photo finish. Please note that you will not be permitted to wait at the Finish Line for your friends and family to cross the Finish Line together.
Once you arrive at the Finish Line Zone, you will be able to:
Help yourself to Nestle water & Lamar Juice
Visit the Alfa Medical tent for any medical problems
Visit the Alfa Physiotherapy tent for any lingering cramps or aches
Head to the Spectator Zone to see your friends and family
Take fun photos and pictures
Attend the Closing Ceremony at the Stage, where the winners will be announced
Begin walking back to the Start Line Zone, where you will collect your belongings from the Baggage Claim.
Runners can find the 10K and 21K course maps below, including elevation profiles. The 5K Fun Run course will be announced shortly.