ALULA: The Royal Commission for AlUla and the official organizers of the Winter at Tantora festival announced the launch of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup 2020, which will take place on Feb. 1 in association with the Saudi Arabian Equestrian Federation.
The 120-km endurance race — in which riders will complete four laps through the desert and mountains of AlUla — offers SR15 million ($4 million) in prize money for the winning riders.
AlUla’s equestrian associations extend back more than 8,000 years, as evidenced by rock art found in archaeological sites in Jabal ‘Akma and Al-Aqrah.
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup is regarded as one of the most important endurance events in the region — and one of the richest. Last year’s race saw 200 riders take part.
Over the same weekend, a number of other cultural and sporting events will take place as part of the Fursan Forum — also a part of the Winter at Tantora festival, which began on Dec. 19 and runs until March 7.
The festival also provides a wide range of diverse experiences that meet the needs of all visitors and entertain all tastes, for individuals, groups or families.
For more information, and to ensure spots at the music concerts and to participate in various events at the festival, please book tickets on the website: www.winterattatora.com