(MENAFN - Jordan Times) The 19th annual run of the LG International Dead Sea Ultra Marathon, the main fund-raising event for the Neurological Society, concluded on Friday with the participation of more than 8,000 runners representing 52 countries.
The event was held under the patronage of HRH Prince Firas Ben Raad, president of the Society for Care of Neurological Patients (SCNP), who labelled it "another successful family event".
"The 19th version of the marathon is unique in all its aspects especially its huge participation from all over the world. We are happy to have teams from Europe taking part in the marathon, especially from Germany," Prince Firas said.
"These events contribute to our search for athletes who will take part in future events and who will represent Jordan in global sports activities. We thank all companies especially LG who support the marathon annually," he added.
Runners had to battle the hot weather and the heat of the Dead Sea area with Jordanian runners taking top spot in almost all categories.
Jordan's Hayel Rawahna reigned over the 50km marathon after clocking 2h53m52s, followed by his teammate Suleiman Zbon (3h23m49s) and Suleiman Al Sohbi (3h27m10s).
In the 50km women category, Catherine Todd of the US finished first with 4h14m04s, followed by Germany's Rosalie Hausner with 4h19m19s. At the time of printing the organisers had not given any information about the 3rd-placed winner in this category.
In the 42km Jordanian runners took the top spots with Fathi Suleiman clocking 2h31m41s to take first place, followed by Abdullah Marzooq (2h33m54s) and Ahmad Nasser (2h40m16s).
Meanwhile, in the women category, Jordan's Nahida Al Bawat finished first with 3h20m37s, followed by Ghorod Al Dghemat (3h20m37s) and Sara Chace of the US (3h51m59s).
Jordanian runners also took control of the 21km with Mithqal Abu Dreas finishing first with 1h04m30s, followed by Ayman Hussain (1h05m46s) and Yousef Hassan (1h12m51s).
In the women's 21km run, Sonia Ellmann from Afghanistan won first place in the 21km women's category after clocking 1h26m27s, followed by Sarah Wyss (1h35m21s) and Jordan's Kholod Al Bawat (1h38m36s).
In the 10km, Jordan's Ahmad Manadi managed first place after clocking 30m40s, followed by Daif Allah Hamad (31m) and Bilal Eqailan (31m33s).
In the women's 10km race, Jordan's Mouna Abu Shabab clocked 37m30s followed by Rima Mahafza with (38m01s) and Sojood Al Khatba (42m03s).
Hugo Barbie De Preaudeau of France came first in the 4.2km with 13m40s followed by Jordan's Ahmed Al Shammari (14m13s) and Amer Al Sane (14m45s).
Jordanian female runners Sabryh Al Maradat (17m6s), Al Zahra'a Maryani (17m26s) and Waed Abdullah (17m26s) took the first three spots in the 4.2km run.
The marathon witnessed the visually impaired and wheel chair categories.
In the visually impaired category, Jordan's Suhail El Nashash was the fastest in the 10km run, followed by Zaid Hijawe and Jamal Barakat.
In the women's category Dana Khader and Logyn Hylooz finished first and second. At the time of printing the organisers had also not given any information about the 3rd-placed winner in this category.
In the 10km wheelchair category, Jordan's Alaa Al Quzaa finished first followed by Kamal Al Tawalbeh and Samer Al Sukar.
In the 21km wheelchair category, Jordan's Ali Swalmeh finished first followed by Bilal Abu Mansi and Ma'moun Al Masri.