Friday, 01 July, 2016

Iran’s first mixed gender marathon in 38 years to be held in May


Iran’s first mixed gender marathon in 38 years will be held in may 2016, Italian race organizer and ultramarathon world champion Paolo Barghini announced.

According to Barghini, this will be the first mixed gender race in 38 years in Iran, which is scheduled to be held in Dasht-e-Lut (Lut Desert) in southeastern Iran.

Starting on 2 May, competitors will attempt to complete a race of 250km over 6 stages/7 days (with a 150km ‘lite’ version), carrying all of their gear on their backs.

The ISRU -Iranian Silk Road Ultramarathon - will be a spectacular race organized by Extreme Races Organization in collaboration with the Iranian government.

The race is scheduled in two formats: the Integral 250 km (6 stages - 35/45 km per day with a long section of 70 km), while the ISRU Lite version consists of 150km in six stages in semi-selfsupport (20/30 km per day with a long section of 40 km).

It is an exceptional race in terms of athletic and landscape, as the Lut has a variety of terrain and geological formations that is unmatched - not least the presence of the hottest place on earth - but also historical: after 38 years, in Iran the ISRU will be the first race which will see men and women compete together. A great achievement for everyone.



  1. Amir

    April 11, 2021 at 5:44 pm

    well done.

  2. Mani

    April 13, 2021 at 9:32 am

    Awesome news for gender mix,
    But how they gonna run in that heat?! :) it going to be over 30 c

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