The desert begins Be’er Sheva in the north and runs all the way to the resort city of Eilat at its southern end. So the race basically covers the whole Negev. Eilat is located on the Red Sea.
The route starts at an altitude of 295 metres and peaks, almost 80 kilometres into the race, at 840 metres. The course features quite a lot of false flat, although last 50 kilometres are fairly straightforward – flat.
The Negev desert is arid and the temperature in May is around 26 degrees Celsius. The expected rainfall is next to nothing.
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