The Dead2Red is a race from the lowest point on earth, on the shores of the Dead Sea to Aqaba on the shores of the Red Sea. The first Dead2Red was run in 1993 with only two teams of six runners each. In the early 2000’s the race grew to include cyclists as well – and even included roller-bladers one year on an experimental basis. In 2014, due to the increasing number of participants, the race was split into two separate races. The Dead2Red Relay Running Race covers 242km and is held on the second Thursday of March each year. The Dead2Red Cycling Race covers 200km and is held annually on the second Friday of November.
There are no monetary awards for the races. The purpose is simply to rise to the challenge, enjoy the scenery and most of all have fun. Participants receive an event t-shirt, a medal and a delicious post-race buffet dinner. Trophies are awarded for the top three winners in each category in addition to some special award recognitions. The biggest reward of all however, is the sense of achievement after having crossed the finish line.