Saturday, March 04, 2006

The Dead Sea Ultra Marathon

The Dead Sea Ultra Marathon
“Run To The Lowest Point On Earth”
The Dead Sea Ultra Marathon (DSUM) has witnessed over a decade of rising national and international recognition with the joint effort of the Society for the Care of Neurological Patients (SCNP) and Amman Road Runners, under the patronage of HRH Prince Raad Bin Zeid.
The DSUM is held annually every April on the second Friday, from Amman to the Dead Sea. It is the main fund raising event for the SCNP, which provides neurological patients with medical aid and covers the costs of necessary surgeries for the needy.
So far, the Society has contributed to the treatment of 940 cases at a value of nearly 520.000 JDs. The SCNP is funded by donations from individuals, public and private companies, annual membership fees, as well as proceeds of sports events. The Society anticipates expanding its role in the treatment of neurological patients and becoming a developmental organization—creating social and technical programs in cooperation with related official and non-official sectors. 
The DSUM  had a successful  record of accomplishment since it first started. Several world record runners and champions participated, the year 2005 run broke all records, it marked a turning point in the future of the event as a national and international athletic, touristic and above all charitable event with the continuous support of Jordanian organizations with more than 1600 runners representing 48 nationalities.
The 13th Dead Sea Ultra Marathon will take place on April 7th 2006, more than 2500 participants are expected to participate.

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