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GENERAL INFO

Are you ready to #RaceThroughHistory?

On Friday, February 25th, The TriFactory will organise the Saqqara Pyramid Race, a fast and exciting dash through one of Egypt's most famous historical sites! The Saqqara Pyramid Race will take runners incredibly up close to the Step Pyramid of Saqqara. The event will begin and end at the Saqqara Pyramid and will feature the 5K distance (timed using the MyLaps timing system), and a fun 1K Kids Race (untimed) for kids ages 5-8 and their families.

The Saqqara Pyramid Race is the first time that The TriFactory organises a #RaceThroughHistory at a destination other than the Great Pyramids of Giza and we're excited to welcome runners from all over the world to the 5000-year old Step Pyramid!

DESTINATION

Said to be the world's oldest monumental masonry structure, the unique pyramid of Djoser in Saqqara is part of a mortuary complex for the 3rd Dynasty king Djoser. Created by the architect Imhotep, it is a unique stepped pyramid with 6 tiers. The blue tiles of Djoser's tomb, the hieroglyphs in the pyramid of Pepi I, and the Doors of the Cats (Abwab el Qotat) are all breathtaking scenes. Find out more about the Saqqara Necropolis on the Egyptian Tourism Authority website here, or watch the 'Secrets of the Saqqara Tomb' on Netflix here.

RACES

100% authentic. 100% amazing. The Saqqara Pyramid Race takes you up close and personal to the first complete pyramidal structure built by the Pharoahs, the Step Pyramid of Djoser at the Saqqara Necropolis. The Saqqara Pyramids Race will offer runners the opportunity to choose from two exciting distances, 5K & the 1K Kids Race. The race features mixed terrain (50% paved asphalt and 50% gravel road), as well as one major incline!

SCHEDULE

Race Day                     

6:30 am - 7:45 am           Race Pack Pick-Up

8:00 am                             5K Race Starts

9:30 am                             1K Kids Race

10:00 am                           Awards Ceremony

IMPORTANT RACE DAY INFORMATION

Location:

The Saqqara Pyramid Race takes place at the Pyramid of Djoser at the Saqqara Necropolis, commonly referred to as the Saqqara Pyramid. The Primary Parking Area, Race Pack Pick-Up Area, Toilets, Start Line Zone, and Finish Line Zone, are all located right next to the Saqqara Pyramid.

You can find the exact location of the Saqqara Pyramid HERE

Access to the Saqqara Necropolis/Event Venue:

Runners can begin accessing the Event Venue from 6:30 am onwards. At the entrance gate, runners will have to present their email ticket confirmation with QR code in order to gain access to the event venue. Runners do not need to purchase a ticket from the ticket booth; their race registration fees include entry to Saqqara. Spectators and friend & family who are arriving with them will have to head down to the ticket booth and purchase a ticket. Kindly note that the basic entry ticket provided for runners by The TriFactory only includes access to the event venue; it does not include entry into the Pyramid of Djoser/Serapeum/other Pharaonic tombs. 

 

Parking Areas:

Kindly note that there are two parking areas at the venue: The Primary Parking Area right next to the event venue and the Secondary Parking Area that is farther away and next to the entrance gate (10 minutes walk from the venue). On the morning of Friday, February 25th, 5K runners are requested to arrive between 6:30 am and 7:30 am in order to ensure parking at the Primary Parking Area right next to the event venue. Cars will be allowed up to the Primary Parking Area from 6:30 am to 7:30 am. After 7:30 am, cars will be directed to the Secondary Parking Area that is farther away from the event venue, and runners will have to walk 10 minutes to get to the Start Line Zone. Due to limited parking spaces at the venue, we encourage runners to carpool as much as possible. 

Important notes:

*The Primary Parking Area is open from 6:30 am to 7:30 am, or until it reaches maximum capacity. Vehicles may be forced to park in the Secondary Parking Area, even if they arrive before 7:30 am.

**Cars will not be allowed to leave the Primary Parking Area until 10:00 am.

***Cars parked in the Secondary Parking Area will be able to arrive or depart at any time.

Race Pack Pick-Up:

Race Pack Pick-Up is from 6:30 am to 7:45 am.

Runners will only receive their Race Number (with MyLaps Timing Strip) before the race. Their Race Bag and Race T-Shirt will be collected following completion of the race.

 

1K Kids Race Runners:

The 1K Kids Race begins at 9:30 am. Families and runners taking part in the 1K Kids Race are encouraged to arrive between 6:30 am - 7:30 am in order to park at the Primary Parking Area. Between their arrival time and the start of the 1K Kids Race, runners can visit the Pyramid of Djoser and go inside it, as well as the various Pharaonic tombs located around the area. Alternatively, 1K Kids Race runners can arrive after 7:30 am, park at the Secondary Parking Area, and walk 10 minutes to the event venue. 1K Kids Race Runners must arrive to the Saqqara Pyramid by 9:00 am at the latest. 

Lockers:

There will be lockers (20 cm x 20 cm storage units) available at the event venue. Runners are encouraged to leave their belongings in their vehicles if possible.  

Toilets:

There will be both male and female restrooms available at the event venue.

RACE REGULATIONS

The Saqqara Pyramid Race is open to all runners, regardless of age or ability. There is no entrance criteria or qualification necessary for registration. The minimum age for the 5K race is 8 years old. Age is calculated based on year of birth. The 1K Kids Race is untimed and is for runners ages 5-10, or younger children accompanied by their parents.

The Saqqara Pyramid Race 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 TriFactory. 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.

5K RANKING

Every Saqqara Pyramid Race participant will receive a finisher’s medal upon successful completion of their race. Rankings will be organised in overall and age group categories. Overall winners (top three males and top three females) will receive special prizes.

TICKETS

Tickets for the Saqqara Pyramid Race 5K distance include the full Race Pack and access to the Saqqara Necropolis. The Race Pack includes the Bag, T-Shirt, & Race Number with MyLaps timing strip, and special giveaways from our sponsors. The ticket fee also includes the Finisher Medal and digital certificate, both of which are received following successful completion of the race distance. 1K Kids Race tickets include Race Numbers and acrylic children's medals. Kindly note that all ticket prices are exclusive of VAT.

Early-Bird

(Until January 31st, 2022)

        5K---------------EGP 500
        1K---------------EGP 200
     

General

(February 1st - February 16th)

      5K---------------EGP 600
      1K---------------EGP 250
    

Late

(From February 17th, Subject to Availability)

     5K---------------EGP 700

     1K---------------EGP 300
 

TERMS & CONDITIONS

1. Payment of tickets can be made online (highly recommended for instant confirmations) or through cash deposits at CIB Bank.

2. Ticket Changes: Ticket holders may change their race choice before the General Registration Deadline by canceling the ticket and purchasing a new one. In this case, the new ticket will be purchased at the price point valid at the new date of purchase. If the new date of purchase falls under a new ticketing phase, then ticket buyers will not benefit from the lower price they had paid during an earlier ticket phase.

3. Ticket Cancellation: Ticket holders can cancel their tickets before the General Registration Deadline and receive the full amount paid as credit in their electronic wallet, to be used for future purchases. For a step-by-step guide on how to cancel your ticket, please visit our FAQs here.

4. Following the General Registration Deadline, no changes or cancellations will be possible, regardless of personal or medical circumstances, including COVID-19 or otherwise. A full refund will only be allowed in the event that a government-declared lockdown is enforced and the race is cancelled or postponed.

5. Tickets cannot be transferred/resold to other participants under any circumstances. At the Expo/Race Pack Pick-Up, participants must present a valid photo ID that matches their ticket, in order to receive their Race Pack Pick-Up.

6. Running on behalf of someone else or sneaking into the race without a ticket will result in a permanent ban from The TriFactory events. 

7. Ticket fees do not include Value Added Tax (14% VAT).

8. Ticket fees do not include accommodation or transportation.