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The MARATHON DES SABLES is a foot race, open to runners and walkers, with several stages, free style, and with food self-sufficiency over a distance of about 250 Km. Each participant must carry his/herown backpack containing food, sleeping gear and other material.

1st day: Departure for Morocco*, arrival, transfer bivouac.
2nd day: Administrative, medical and technical formalities.
from 3th to 8th day: The race with food self sufficiency.
9th day: Solidaritystage with food self sufficiency
10th day: Free day
11th day: Return to France.*

*Competitors not using the Paris flight may have to arrive a day earlier and return a day later depending on flight connections.

THE MARATHON DES SABLES KEY FIGURES

Over  13 000 competitors since 1986BIVOUAC3

  • 30 % repeat competitors
  • 70 % international
  • 30 % French
  • 14 % women
  • 45 % veterans
  • 30 % in teams of three or more
  • 10 % walkers
  • 90 % alternate walking and running
  • 14 km/hr: average maximum speed
  • 3 km/hr: average minimum speed
  • Age of youngest competitor: 16
  • Age of oldest competitor: 79

ATLANTIDE ORGANISATION   29 years caring for our needs

  • 130 volunteers on the course itself,
  • 450 support staff overall,
  • 120 000 liters of mineral water,
  • 300 berber and saharan tents,
  • 120 all-terrain vehicles,
  • 2 “Ecureuil” helicopter and 1 “Cessna” plane,
  • 8 “MDS special” commercial planes,
  • 25 buses,
  • 4 camels,
  • 1 incinerator lorry for burning waste,
  • 4 quads to ensure environment and safety on race,
  • 57 medical staff,
  • 6.5 kms of Elastoplast, 2 700 Compeed, 19 000 compresses,
  • 6 000 painkillers, 150 liters of disinfectant,
  • 1 editing bus, 5 cameras, 1 satellite image station,
  • 10 satellite telephones, 30 computers, fax and internet,
  • A touch of madness...

 

 

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Race Director

Patrick Bauer