I’m sure anyone for whom running primarily means running trails in enjoyable natural surroundings understands that a couple of years in Kathmandu Valley is a treat. Who doubts that may have a peek at my tracks on everytrail.com (click on the recent activity: trips section)
So I’m spoiled but listening to desert stories of people who know Egypt, desert stories of Marjan who’s the reason I move there, suggest I’m bound to have a good time. However, what befuddles me is the number of hits you get when googling trailrunning Egypt: hardly anything relevant. Skip the trail adjective and it doesn’t get much better either. A 20 million people metropolitan area, an 80 million people vast country, nothing??
It is the location of one of the races of the 4deserts series, but I’m not a Hong Kong banker nor a gear freak so that’s not what I’m looking for. I found one other race like that:
This one is certainly more appealing, but what I’m really after is things I can do on my own, with running buddies in the weekend. The Hash House Harriers are always a good if not the best entry anywhere to get the right contacts. There is a hash so that’s where I’ll start. But from the outside it looks like Egypt is virgin territory. The more the little monkey on the left had side tells me that’s probably because all those who tell me running in Egypt is not possible, the more on the right hand side insists that I’ve got a mission cut out for me to prove them all wrong.
Wish me luck!
Whatever I’ll find there it will be very different from what I have here. Let me visualize for you what I’m after, but then in the desert: