Marakez Pyramids Half Marathon

Marakez Pyramids Half Marathon

For the fifth year in a row, The TriFactory is proud to present the Marakez Pyramids Half Marathon, our flagship running race which invites runners from around the world to #RaceThroughHistory at the most iconic of locations: the Great Pyramids of Giza. Egypt’s signature running event features a 5K Fun Run, and two competitive races certified by AIMS: the 10K race & 21K half marathon. The Marakez Pyramids Half Marathon welcomes runners of all ages and abilities to run through 5000 years of history!

The Giza Plateau is the home of the Great Pyramids of Giza, world-renowned landmarks and among the best preserved structures remaining from Pharaonic times. The Pyramids Complex comprises the three main pyramids: Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure. The Great Sphinx lies on the east side of the complex and is attributed to Pharaoh Khafre. Each of the three structures has its own surrounding buildings which include smaller pyramids for the Pharaohs\’ wives and families, as well as temples and other facilities. The Great Pyramid of Khufu is the largest and last remaining Wonder of the Ancient World, although all three pyramids are often given that designation as a group.

100% authentic. 100% amazing. The Marakez Pyramids Half Marathon takes you up close and personal to the last remaining Ancient Wonder of the World, offering runners the opportunity to choose from three fantastic distances: 5K Fun Run, 10K, & 21K. The race course features several rolling hills and inclinations, particularly for the half marathon runners.

Runners will be able to pick up their race packs at the Official Race Expo on the TWO DAYS preceding the Marakez Pyramids Half Marathon. The Race Expo will take place at Mall of Arabia in 6th of October City and will be operational on both Thursday & Friday for runners to drop by and pick up their Race Packs, attend the Race Briefings, and visit all of the exciting booths that will be set up there by our sponsors and partners.

Expo Day 1 (Thursday, December 7th)

  • 14:00 – 20:00 Race Pack Pick-Up
  • 18:00 English Briefing
  • 19:00 Arabic Briefing

Expo Day 2 (Friday, December 8th)

  • 12:00 – 20:00 Race Pack Pick-Up
  • 18:00 English Briefing
  • 19:00 Arabic Briefing

Race Day (Saturday, December 9th)

  • 5:00 am – 6:45 am : Arrival to the Great Pyramids of Giza
  • 7:00 am: Start of 10K & 21K
  • 10:00 am: Cut-off Time for 10K & 21K
  • 10:00 am: 10K & 21K Awards Ceremony
  • 11:00 am: Start of 5K Fun Run

Race Regulations
Age Requirements:

  • 5K Fun Run: 8 years old
  • 10K Race: 12 years old
  • 21K Half Marathon: 16 years old

The Marakez Pyramids Half Marathon will be organised in accordance with international standards and the rules and regulations set forth by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the Egyptian Athletics Federation, and the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS). Doping controls will be regulated by the relevant authorities and the Race Organiser reserves the right to request random drug testing of any athlete at the event.

Cut-Off Times
As with many major races around the world, the Marakez Pyramids Half Marathon will adopt a strict cut-off time in order to maintain the level of competition for each distance and due to the inability to block off the roads indefinitely while runners complete their race. The cut-off time for both the 10K and 21K is 10:00 am, which gives runners of both distances a full three hours to finish their race.

10K & 21K runners will be timed using the MyLaps Timing System and will receive their full ranking after they cross the finish line. Rankings will be organised in overall and age group categories. Overall winners (top three males and top three females for each distance) will receive special prizes, while all age group winners (top three males and top three females) will receive special medals at the Awards Ceremony.

All Marakez Pyramids Half Marathon participants (5K Fun Run, 10K, & 21K), will receive a finisher’s medal after crossing the finish line.

Special accommodation packages are available to all runners and visitors during the event week. Whether you are coming to compete or to cheer and support your friends and family, we have the package for you! Get in touch now by sending an email to [email protected]

Tickets for the Marakez Pyramids Half Marathon include the full Race Pack, access to the Giza Pyramids Plateau, and access to the Race Expo, where every runner needs to pick up their Race Pack.​