The North Challenge 2023

Athlete Guide

Dear athletes,
QUR team would like to thank you for signing up for The North Challenge 2023.
Here are the main race details. Please make sure you read them carefully.

Race location:
Heenat Salma Farm - shahaniya
Allow 35 - 40 min drive from Doha

There will be available parking both inside and outside the farm
Volunteers will be available to guide you to the assigned parking locations

Event schedule:

Time: Event:
06:00 AM Registration Opens
07:00 AM Race start (Main event)
09:00 AM Race ends (Main event)
09:15 AM Kids 2 (10 - 13 years old) and Juniors (14 - 15 years old) start
09:35 AM Kids 1 (7 - 9 years old) start 
10:00 AM Prize ceremony
10:30 AM Event ends



Registration starts at 6am.

Runners receive an ankle timing chip then move to body marking.

To receive their timing chips, runners should hand in their Qatari ID or 500 Riyals that they will receive back after the race.

Timing chips must be placed firmly on your ankle throughout the whole race.

Timing chips must be returned to the registration team after the race ends.

Losing your timing ship will result on not having official race results.


Adults race is on a 2.6km loop.

Kids course is 800m.

Kids 1 (7-9) will be doing 2 laps.

Kids 2 (10-13) and Juniors (14-15) will be doing 3 laps.

Terrain varies between dirt and paved roads.

2 water stations are provided along the course.

Course marshals will guide the runners through the course.


Race Format: 

Individual runners:

Individual runners are given 2 hours to try to cover as much distance as possible over a 2.6km loop.

At the end of the 2 hours, all athletes still on the course can continue running until they reach the finish line.


Rely Teams:

Each team receives ONE timing chip at registration.

The team runner running on the course must have the timing chip attached to their ankle.

Team relay area will be located near the race start line.

When they arrive to the team relay zone, runners can then hand the timing chip to the runner doing the next lap.

Which means teams get a chance to change runners every 2.6km.

It’s entirely up to the team to decide how many laps each team runner is going to do.

Team runners can relay only at the designated relay area.

At the end of the 2 hours, all athletes still on the course can continue running until they reach the finish line.

Family Activities:  

During the race guests can purchase exclusive vouchers directly from the Heenat Salma Farm (website link below).

The workshops are offered for the guests throughout the race duration.

Activities include:

Workshops for adults (12+): Aromatherapy, botanical art and palm weaving and an organic box of vegetables to take home.

Workshops for kids (3+): Aromatherapy, botanical art and palm weaving for kids.

Snacks: Organic picnic box.


Farm Guidelines:

Entry to the farm is limited to the race participants and their registered guests (race participant + 1 visitor)

For any additional guest accompanying the runner, please register him/her on Heenat Salma Farm website (link)

Please pre-order the organic picnic box, food from outside is not allowed inside the farm (link).

Qatar Ultra Runners team would like to thank you again for taking part in the race.

We look forward to seeing you on Friday

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