ECHO FROM THE BIVOUAC
Keeping the desert clean
The 27th Sultan MARATHON DES SABLES came to an end Saturday in Merzouga. For a week, over 800 runners and nearly 400 organization members have been walking, running, driving through the Moroccan desert. Yet their mark on the six bivouac sites or on the race track.is not so easy to spot, even if it a caravan of that size must leave a print, especially a carbon footprint. "The Earth doesn't belong to us, says Patrick Bauer, race director. It's very important for us that we erease all traces of our passage." And this is carried out in many ways. "Each water bottle given to a competitor bears his or her number, both on the cap and on the actual bottle. If we find either lying around, there's a penalty attached. Pocket ash-trays are given to all members of staff: we don't want any cigarette ends lying around either. Scandinavian toilets have been made available to the whole caravan, both for runners and staff members. For several years now, we've added an incinerator truck to the caravan so as to burn all our waste."
The environment team of the Sultan MARATHON DES SABLES has ten members. "We must leave each site as we found it, says Morad, who has been on the race for 12 years and who is responsibale, amongst other things, for the protection of the environment. In my everyday life, I work in the tourism industry. I like open spaces and I must leave them intact for the generations to come. Out of respect for the Earth and for our land. Of all the competitions organized in Morocco, the Sultan MARATHON DES SABLES is by far the most exemplary. "
Beyond caring for the environment, the Sultan MARATHON DES SABLES organization is responsibe for many local help programms, including wells and water pumps, and sport initiatives. Because the Sultan MARATHON DES SABLES is first and foremost a human adventure. More info please click here.