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1,329 runners are now gathered together in the South-Moroccan Sahara. After a day dedicated to administrative, technical and medical tests, we’re ready for the 249.4km-self-sufficient adventure in the heat and probably accompanied by some big gusts of wind.

On the eve of the great adventure

CP3 Le desert les attendThat’s it, I have my golden ticket.” From near Lille, France, Didier brandishes his race number on exiting the tent reserved for the administrative, technical and medical checks. On his cap is written a quote by French writer, Antoine Saint-Exupéry: “Make your life a dream and your dreams a reality”. For the first time, Didier will be living out his dream. “A friend came back from the SULTAN MARATHON DES SABLES last year with stars in their eyes, he says. I want the same starry eyes.”

On Saturday, a little over 1,300 runners passed through the final checks. The first approach is symbolic. At the entrance, all of them leave their suitcases behind and just keep the bare essentials for the race itself. On exiting, the whole of their life for the next 7 days is contained within a rucksack that mustn’t exceed 15kg and must weigh a minimum of 6.5kg. Distribution of the salt tablets, the precious card for the distribution of water, ECG checks, allocation of the transponder and SPOT tracker, which will ensure the runners are monitored and tracked and finally the handing out of the race number: just one more thing on the checklist, the ceremony which opens the gateway to the adventure. Following the briefing by Race Director Patrick Bauer and a concert by local talent, Aziz Sahamoui, participants will be able to enjoy their final night before the big day and the start of the first 36.2km leg between Jebel Irhs and the Tijekht wadi. A final night of stress for some, fear of the unknown for other, but above all a final night where everyone will share the same dreams.