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ABOUT OMAR

 

Omar is the first Egyptian to run the length of Egypt; running 1,500 km solo and unsupported from the south at Abu Simbel to the north at Alexandria in 36 days, averaging a distance of one full marathon a day. Prior to that, He cycled 6,500 km, likewise solo and unsupported around Egypt in 65 days. For both adventures, Omar has been known for his self-imposed rule of zero-cost accommodation by choosing to wild camp and rely on locals to host him along the way instead of staying at hotels and hostels.

On the 1st of September, 2019; Omar will begin the final leg of his quest to complete the "Egypt Extreme Triathlon". After cycling around and running the length of Egypt, he will attempt the first ever swim of the length of Egypt in the Red Sea; from the north at the city of Suez to the south at the city of Shalateen, a distance of around 900 km in roughly 90 days.

Born in Cairo, Egypt, he was 12 years old when he spotted a world atlas his father had left on the table one night after unpacking his travel suitcase. He would spend hours staring at its pages daydreaming about all the cool places out there. Fascinated with how big and diverse the Earth is, Omar dreamed of seeing and experiencing it all.

Going through adolescence, he went on shuffling several sports before finally settling on the 100 m and 200 m sprints. With relentless drive and ambition, he went from a novice to the fastest teen in Egypt, dominating the sprint events for years and representing his country in international events.

Upon earning a Business degree at the British University in Egypt (BUE), he joined the well-established family business. After 10 years of pursuing adventures in the business world, at the age of 30, he decided to turn his life around to follow his dream of exploring the world and challenging himself through outdoor adventures.