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About El Gouna Half MArathon

GETTING TO THE RACE

The third edition of El Gouna Half Marathon took place on November 5th, 2021. The fourth edition of the event will take place in Winter 2022, with the exact date to be announced soon.

 

Athletes are expected to make their way to El Gouna by Thursday, in order to collect their Race Packs and Race Numbers. El Gouna is located just 25 kilometers from Hurghada, meaning participants who are not Gouna residents can easily reach the destination via car or internal flight, while those traveling from major cities abroad can fly directly to Hurghada International Airport. Alternatively, participants can use a transportation service such as GoBus, Blue Bus, or other bus services that travel to El Gouna. 

IMPORTANT LOCATIONS AT EL GOUNA

The Race Pack Pick-Up & Briefing Area, Start Line Zone, and Finish Line Zone will be announced shortly, following the finalisation of the final Course Maps for each distance. 

 

There is parking available near the Start Line Zone, where participants will be able to park before the race begins. 

Participants should note that there is no baggage claim at El Gouna Half Marathon. Runners are advised to leave their belongings at their homes or hotels, in their parked vehicles, or with friends and family. 

RACE PACK PICK-UP & BRIEFING SESSIONS

Race Pack Pick-Up and English & Arabic Briefing Sessions.

Thursday, November 4th

Race Pack Pick-Up: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Arabic Briefing: 8:00 pm

English Briefing: 8:30 pm

Runners should pick up their Race Packs & Race Numbers from the day before the race.

 

Kindly note that runners will not be able to collect their Race Packs on the day of the event. Participants who will be arriving to El Gouna late on Thursday night and require special arrangements to be made should notify the organising body beforehand by emailing run@elgounahalfmarathon.com.

START LINE ZONE

The Start Line Zone is where all athletes must head to on the morning of the RACE DAY.

You must have your Race Number securely attached to your t-shirt when you arrive at the Start Line Zone. 

At the Start Line Zone, you will find the following:​

  • Water Stations with Nestle Water

  • Juice from Lamar

  • Electrolytes from Pedialyte

  • AXA Medical Station

  • Ambulance (for last minute medical needs)

  • Start Line Zone Stage for final announcements

10 minutes before the race start time, runners will be directed to the Start Line to begin their race.

EVENT SCHEDULE

Thursday

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm........Race Pack & Race Number Pick-Up

8:00 pm & 8:30 pm......Arabic & English Briefing Sessions

Friday - RACE DAY

8:00 am - 5K, 10K, & 21K races start

11:00 am - Final Cut-Off Time for all three races

11:00 am - 1K Kids Race

11:30 am - Awards Ceremony

4:00 pm - Yes Yoga Day (Find out more about this complimentary yoga session and book your spot HERE!)

*All athletes should arrive to the Race Venue at least 45 minutes before their Start Time.

** The final cut-off time for all races is at 11:00 am, giving all runners a full three hours to complete their races.

SPECTATORS

The event wouldn’t be the same without friends, family, and spectators cheering on the runners! Spectators can accompany participants to the event in the morning, and are encouraged to support them on the course as they run throughout El Gouna.

Please note that spectators are not permitted to cross the Finish Line with runners.

FINISH LINE ZONE

After you complete your race you will cross the Finish Line. There you will be able to:

  • Receive your race medal!

  • Help yourself to Nestle water & Lamar Juice

  • Visit the AXA Medical Station for any medical problems

  • ​Head to the Spectator Zone to see your friends and family

  • Attend the Awards Ceremony, where the winners will be announced​

SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES

The organisers of El Gouna Half Marathon are committed to abiding by all social distancing guidelines as provided by the Egyptian Ministry of Youth & Sports, the Egyptian Athletics Federation, and international recommendations stipulated by the World Health Organisation. Therefore, the following social distancing guidelines will be enforced, and all runners and spectators will be requested to follow them:

1. All staff and personnel will wear masks. Personnel who will be particularly close to participants will also wear plastic face shields.

2. After installation, all touchpoints will be thoroughly disinfected.

3. 70% alcohol will be available for sanitisation of hands.

4. Participants will be required to wear masks at both the Registration & Briefing on Thursday, November 4th, and at the Start Line on Friday, November 5th. They will be able to throw masks away in a responsible and sanitary manner at the Start Line right before their race begins. 

5. The event start will be split into waves, consisting of smaller numbers of runners.

6. At the Finish Line, participants will be asked to once again respect social distance.

 

7. Participants will receive their medal in a secure and sanitary format at the Finish Line. 70% alcohol will once again be available for sanitisation following the completion of the event. 

ABOUT THE ORGANISERS

El Gouna Half Marathon is proudly organised by The TriFactory, Egypt's leading provider of mass participation and endurance sports events. The TriFactory was the organiser of this event in 2019 & 2020, and following its success we are excited to be back and to make the 2021 Edition bigger and better than ever. 

The TriFactory was founded in 2015, and since then we have organised events across Egypt, including but not limited to the Pyramids Half Marathon at the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Somabay Endurance Festival, the Aswan Marathon, Tough Mudder Egypt, Trailmaster trail running races, Yes Yoga Days, and many more. Find out more about The TriFactory at www.thetrifactory.com, or get in touch via social media or email at info@thetrifactory.com