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THE DOC TROTTERS’ TREATMENTS

High fives here, a fist in the air there and loads of warm ‘thanks’ filled with emotion coloured the finish of the final charity stage on Saturday. “Thank you docs! Thanks for my feet!” It has to be said that to help them realise their dreams, the 57 volunteer Doc Trotters haven’t spared any effort in this 29th SULTAN MARATHON DES SABLES. “6,000 medical contacts have been made throughout the week, including 1,400 foot treatments, 73 drips, 2 evacuations and 15 interventions involving the helicopter”, confirms Frédéric Compagnon, their manager. Added to that are 80 dental treatments largely administered to the caravan’s Moroccans.

THE DESERT WITHOUT TRAINERS

To help prevent sand getting into their trainers, the majority of the competitors wear gaiters. Fadi Meroueh meantime has a rather different approach. He’s decided to avoid trainers altogether and sport some strange black rubber soles linked to his bare feet by red nylon cord. “They are ‘huaraches’, which are worn by the Tapahoumana population in Mexico, explains this fan of “five fingers” socks and minimalist running. “It’s the first time I’ve worn them to a big event like the Marathon des Sables and I’m very satisfied.” Aside from a slight irritation between two toes, vest No.171 has indeed completed his 2nd Marathon des Sables without a single blister.