QEW Ultra 2023
Sponsored by QSFA
Qatar East to West Ultra
December 15, 2023
The most anticipated race in Qatar.
The 90km race spans Qatar from the East to the West. Passing by some of Qatar's most outstanding landmarks such as Westbay towers, QNCC, Qatar Foundation, Education City Stadium and Zikreet area. Runners can take part in the race either individually or as relay teams.
|Distance between stations (km)||Distance form start line (km)|
|Start line - Station 1||10.7||10.7|
|Station 1 - Station 2||22.5||33.2|
|Station 2 - Station 3||14.9||48.1|
|Station 3 - Station 4||14.3||62.4|
|Station 4 - Station 5||14.6||77|
|Station 5 - Finish line||13||90|
Start LineRacers start gathering at 3 am at Sheraton park in preparation for the the race start. At 5am, runners leave the start line heading to the first aid stations at QNCC
S1QNCCAfter 10.7km, runners reach the first main aid station at the remarkable QNCC building. Main aid stations offer water, refreshments, fruits and nuts. Runners then start the longest section of the race.
S2Shahaniya22.5km after QNCC, runners reach Shahaniya aid station. This station is located in front of Shahaniya Desert Garden. Shahaniya Desert Garden has 62 various wild trees and a mini zoo that includes some domestic animals from the Qatari environment such as Oryx and reem deer.
S3Nasraniya48km into the race, and 14.9km from the S2 in the middle of the desert, runners find the 3rd main station which they need to reach before 1pm to avoid the cut-off time.
S4Al OwainaOwaina station is located 14.3 km after Nasraniya station. After this station runners cross over to the opposite side of the highway.
S5Cuban HospitalThis is the last main aid station and it’s placed 13km before the finish line in Zikreet area that is known for its wonderful rock formations.
Finish LineAfter completing the 90km long journey, runners finally reach the finish line by the beautiful Dukhan Beach where you can celebrate your achievement, watch a breathtaking sunset -hopefully- and reflect on the day you have had.
Pre-Race: December 13, 2023
December 13, 2023
|02:00 - 08:00 pm||Race Pack Collection||Lusail Multipurpose Hall | Location Here|
Race Day: December 15, 2023
|03:30 - 04:30 am||
(Individual runners only)
Sheraton Park | Location Here
|05:00 am||Race Start|
|01:00 pm||Station 3 Cutoff Time||
3rd Aid Station
(49km from the start line)
|08:00 pm||Finish Line Cutoff Time||
The 2023 Athlete Guide will be available before the race, check the 2022 Athlete Guide attached below.
The 2023 Start list will be available before the race day.
- Runners can also join QEW Ultra in teams
- Teams can consist of anywhere between 2 and 6 runners
- Teams are only allowed to change runners at the five main aid stations
- For a team to be considered a finisher, all six segments of the race must be completed by at least one team member
- It’s up to each team to decide which runner is doing which segment. Team members do not have to run in the the order of their BIB numbers
QEW Ultra is a sporting and cultural festival that brings people from different athletic abilities, genders, backgrounds together in a country where diversity is hard to miss.
Every single year we have seen more supporters than runners showing up to the race from 5 in the morning and staying until the end of the very long and tough day. Supporters also participate in creating such a vibrant atmosphere that has a very positive impact on runners.
So supporters are both welcome and encouraged to show up and support athletes throughout the race keeping in mind the following rules to ensure safety equality between runners:
- Supporters are allowed to hand runners food and drinks during the race
- Support vehicles MUST NOT be in front of the runner at ANY point of the race
- Runners are not allowed to be in physical contact with the support vehicles. This includes but is not limited to being in or on the car
- Vehicles supporting athletes should not interrupt traffic at any point of the race