What to wear?
Men can wear shorts and short sleeves while running . To avoid a sun stroke and dehydration it is highly recommended to wear a head cover, bandana or cap.
Due to local regulations women are obliged to wear a headscarf, sports bandana and/or cap so that your hair will be semi-covered. An oversized shirt with sleeves and a long running pants is advisable. Please keep in mind that your running shirt must cover your hips. You may not wear shorts or skirts showing bare legs .
Is there a final reward or prize in this marathon?
The main goal of the Persian Gulf Run is to promote international friendship by breaking barriers. An honorary medal is awarded to finishing runners. Prizes are awarded to winners and runners-up.
How is the weather?
Nothing as hard to predict as the weather. But in general Kish island has a warm tropical climate. In March temperatures are lower than average and vary between 20 and 25 degrees Celcius. Humidity is around 60%. Probably with some nice island breeze. The run will start early in the morning to give you a head start on the Persian sun.
Are there water stations along the route?
Yes, along the route there will be at least 7 water stations with energy food like dates and bananas.
What about time limit and timing?
The cut-off time is 6 hours.
Do not count on a sophisticated timing system. We recommend you to bring your own timing/GPS watch for exact timing of your run.
Are there showers at the finish?
No, but the sea is closeby. Ofcourse if you would like to be sure of a refreshing shower or pool book our comfortable hotel package.
What is your cancellation/refund policy?
Once you have registered and paid we expect you to participate in this running event. In case you cannot participate because of medical reasons or unforeseen family circumstances we try to be as flexible as possible to give you a (partial) refund. Please bare in mind that prior to the event cost have been made for your participation.
Is Iran safe to travel?
In general Iran is a very safe country for travel. Unfortunately, because of politics and mass media the image of Iran often does not reflect the local situation. Iranians are very welcoming and most helpful towards western tourists and foreigners.
What about visa regulations?
For citizens of most countries there is no visa obligation for Kish island and you can stay up to 2 weeks. Your entry can be secured at the international airport upon arrival. Iran Silk Road will provide UK and US citizens with a letter of invitation to state the purpose of your travel to Kish. Unfortunately Israelian passports are not valid for travel to Iran.
How to pay in Iran?
Cash only! Paying with western debit and credit cards is NOT possible because of restrictions imposed by American financial institutes. Foreign currency can be exchanged into rials at local banks and money exchange offices.
Iran has the Rial but in daily conversation Iranians use the word Tuman when they refer to their currency. You get the amount in Tuman by leaving one zero of the rial price. So 10.000 rials is 1000 Tuman.
So do not forget to bring enough foreign currency for your personal expenses in Iran!
By booking your travel package in advance you avoid having to take much cash.
How is the mobile network and internet?
Iran has an excellent mobile network. Most western providers have roaming contracts with their Iranian counterparts. If your own provider does not offer the option of roaming, you can buy a low cost pre-paid sim card on Kish island. Internet is widely available but maybe not as fast as you are used to. Many hotels offer free WIFI. Some websites are filtered depending on local restrictions and calling by skype might not work.