Aziz El Akad (D9-MAR)
Winning comeback? After taking a year's break, Aziz El Akad, 43, is back at the Marathon des Sables. He has come third twice (in 2007 and 2008) and was the runner-up in the 2009 MDS.
Jean-Denis Malpelet (D280-FRA) and Philippe Grobost (D320-FRA)
Jean-Denis Malpelet (D280-FRA) and Philippe Grobost (D320-FRA), who both work for insurance compagny Alianz, had several reasons to run...
Margaret Morgan (D630 - GBR) and
Peter Clist (D 625 - GBR)
She's a charity conusltant, he's a construction consultant. 51 years old Margaret and her 56 years old husband Peter come from Oxted, England. It is their 3rd Sultan MARATHON DES SABLES. In 2009, they crossed the finish...
(Association Gandrange Vallée d'Orne)
Alexis (D145-FRA), Franck (D154-FRA), Pascal (D155-FRA), Jean-Charles (D156-FRA), Hervé (D157-FRA) and Sébastien (D158-FRA)
All competitors run the Sultan MARATHON DES SABLES with one goal:...
Daniel Lamontagne (D938-CAN), Laurent Jugant (D939-CAN), Bruno Saint-Pierre (D940-CAN)
To each their own fight At the bivouac entrance, when you ask for Daniel Lamontagne (38 years old), Laurent Jugant (41 years old) and Bruno Saint-Pierre (42 years old)'s tent, the answer is instantaneous
Jean-Claude (D209-FRA), Franck (D222-FRA), Alain (D224-FRA), Benoit (D82-FRA) and Bruno (D222-FRA)
Cœur d'Enfant Any excuse will do to come and run the Sultan MARATHON DES SABLES. Especially when the excuse is a good cause. This is how the charity "Cœur d'Enfant" was born in 2008 (the name of the charity means both "child's heart" and "child at heart")
Kirk Mc Call (D981-USA)
"It's like the United Nations" He's built more like an American footballer or an NBA linchpin than a runner. Kirk Mc Call comes from Orlando, Florida,
Wayne Singleton (D528-GBR)
"Running for others" Like most of his fellow competitors, when Wayne Singleton told his friends he was going to run the 27th Sultan MARATHON DES SABLES,...
Brendan Parkinson (D495-GBR)
"I can do," says Grandad-to-be It takes quite a lot to impress Brendan Parkinson, a former HM Inspector, hailing from Nottingham in the UK. Yet the 27th Sultan MARATHON DES SABLES has managed to do just that...
Pierre VEILLARD (D212-FRA) –
SPORTS SANS FRONTIERES
The pleasure of sharing His voice was faltering with barely contained emotion. Before setting off on the great, legendary stage of the 27th Sultan...
Gudrun Dautel (D729-ALL) et Hans Martin Dautel (D730-ALL)
Once upon a time… The sun is setting on the bivouac on the night of the long stage.
Fernando Jose Castro Cabral (D914-BRE)
"Philosophical exercise" The wind was whipping up at the finish line of the second stage of the 27th Sultan MARATHON DES SABLES. Despite over 6 hours of strenuous effort, Fernando Jose, a runner from central Brazil, ...
Hazel Kurz (D461-GBR)
The desert beats the beach Sitting in front of her tent, Hazel Kurz is finalizing preparations before the day's run. The early morning rise has done nothing to take away her good mood and broad smile. The medical project manager based in England is discovering the joys of the Sultan MARATHON DES ...
Sérafin Da Silva (D38-SUI)
Swiss-style management To celebrate his fortieth birthday, Sérafin Da Silva, a street sweeper in Geneva, decided to take part in the 27th Sultan MARATHON DES SABLES. "It's a kind of masochistic present, but hey…," ...
Olivier Sepulchre - Zitouni - 60 !
Monsieur Zitouni (60-MDS) He is a special person. One of those peole you don’t need to have known long to understand all he encompasses. A key figure of the Sultan MARATHON DES SABLES organization: you have but to mention his name to read great admiration and deep respect in the eyes ...
Samir Kabbaj D22 (MAR)
"You can never say: I've done the MDS" The first time Samir set foot on the bivouac of the Sultan MARATHON DES SABLES, 3 years ago, it was as a VIP: a comfortable tent, a beautiful opera concert, all nice and cosy...
12/04/12 (in spanish)
ISMAEL MOHAMED DRIS 887 ESP
Su eterna sonrisa le caracteriza y sus compañeros de hayma aseguran que es una delicia compartir estos días con sus bromas y su compañerismo. Ismael esta casado y tiene 5 hijos, 8 años el mayor y cuatro meses ...
Jean-François Vaillant (D301-FRA)
Pleasure comes first for Jean-François Forget it all for a week. That's what spurred Jean-François Vaillant (D301-FRA) to come to the desert. The dentist from the Champagne region is a well-seasoned runner:
Sylvain Bazin (D323-FRA)
Run, Sylvain, run A week ago, Sylvain Vazin was just back from Quebec's Great North. After facing up to temperatures of -30°C with the Inuit, the 33-year-old Frenchman has had to deal with heat soaring above
Maria Lucia CACACCIOLA (D759-ALL) and Wolfgang KRIESCHE (D760-ALL)
Better together What could be more motivating to get across the finish line than a little kiss from your husband or wife? For their first Sultan ...
Andrew Dawson (D794-AUS)
Australian attitude "Come on!" A member of the race's top 50, Andrew Dawson has been on the finish line for a while, watching out for the arrival of a friend, and he erupts into effusive encouragements as soon as he sees her approaching the line. This 33-year-old teacher from Australia ...
Mathieu D'Amours (D961 – CAN)
Sand in the house Thermal shocks are something that Mathieu D'Amours knows a lot about. The 36-year-old Quebecois has been wrestling with the rigours of the Canadian winter over the last few months.
Karim Mosta D13-MAR
Time for a career change? He is one of the doyens of the Marathon des Sables, currently participating for the twenty-fourth time. What will he do when age gets the better of him and he is no longer able to take part? The question is all the more pertinent given that this Franco-Moroccan increasingly ...
"Association pour Baptiste" team
Eric Lucas (D331-FRA), Frédéric Casier (D332-FRA), Mustapha Khaldi (D333-FRA), Eric Geisler (D335-FRA)
"No right to complain" The project took months to put together, ...
Fred Bos, « peintre des sables
A 35 year old painter who trained at the Paris « Beaux-Arts » (Fine Art School), Fred Bos boasts very eclectic works. For him, painting isn’t meant to serve ideas, ideas are meant to serve painting. He paints on impulse, …
12/04/10 (in spanish)
915 GERARDO GALLARDO GUERRERO (ESP) 916 JULIO BECERRA VICENTE (ESP) 917 MANUEL SOTO GARCIA (ESP) 918 FRANCISCO JAVIER FRANCO VILLARAN (ESP)
LOS ULTIMOS SUSMURAIS Estos cuatro guerreos se encuentran por primera vez en la Marathon des Sables del 2008 y a partir de ese momento y tras entender que les unia la misma fuerza de solidaridad, deciden ...
12/04/10 (in spanish)
JUAN SEBASTIAN PARRA DUARTE - DORSAL 902
COLOMBIA 17 AÑOS LLEGUE A SABLES ACOMPAÑADO POR MI PADRE EN LA EDICIÓN DEL 2010.
William Simoncelli D24-FRA
Le bizuth C'est son baptême de feu au Marathon des sables, et pour tout débutant dans cette « épreuve mère », les premières impressions de ce Français installé à Casablanca ne peuvent être que celles-ci
Amine Kabbaj D21-MAR
« Le MDS, c'est ma Mecque » A 60 ans, Amine Kabbaj participe cette année à son neuvième Marathon des sables. Pour cet architecte de profession, au-delà du plaisir de courir, le MDS est un extraordinaire ...
Marc Baptiste D11-FRA
Running for others The plight of single mothers and child maids is a preoccupying issue in Morocco, where attitudes are exacerbated by tradition, religion and poverty. Marc Baptiste, a Frenchman living in Casablanca ...
Meryem Khali D5-MAR
In Didi Touda's footsteps? It could be that this Moroccan runner is following the footsteps of her older compatriot Didi Touda, the only Moroccan and African to have won the legendary Marathon des Sables woman's ...
Brahim Erragragui D3-MAR
For the experience For his fourth Marathon des Sables, this Moroccan national based in France went back to his homeland in Ouarzazate for four months to train with Mustapha Ait Amar (D2-MAR).
Mustapha Ait Amar D2-MAR
Do better than in 2011 This year marks Mustapha Ait Amar's fifteenth participation in the Marathon des Sables. His best moments so far occurred in 2001 when he came 3rd in the overall ranking, and in 2003 and 2004,...
René (D281-FRA), Benoit (D282-FRA), Olivier (D283-FRA), Hervé (D284-FRA), Erwan (D289-FRA), Yann (D290-FRA), Christophe (D291-FRA), Régis (D292-FRA) and Jérôme (D293-FRA)
The firemen in great shape Along the course as well as on their arrival at the bivouac, they inspire both admiration and respect...
Philip Michael GATSKY (D 420 – GBR)
"An amazing challenge" It all started over fifteen years ago, when Philip Michael Gatsky was watching Eurosport on television and saw some footage of the MARATHON DES SABLES. It was a revelation, ...
Duc LE QUANG (D 60 – VIE)
"Source of inspiration" Duc LE QUANG embodies up the universal quality of the 27th Sultan MARAHON DES SABLES. He was born in Vietnam 47 years ago, spent 20 years living in Belgium and has been living in Chaux de Fonds,
Pascal Pétoin (d29-FRA)
Pascal Pétoin's incredible wager When they get to the end of the long, 81km stage of the MARATHON DES SABLES on Thursday, followed by the next day's marathon of 42.2km, the survivors will have accomplished the hardest part.
Christian Ginter D25-FR
Never without "my" MDS! Christian Ginter belongs to the small circle of runners whose lives are closely intertwined with the Marathon des Sables (MDS). At 58, the Frenchman is taking part for the twenty-fifth time this year.
Ait Abdelouahed Abdelaziz D23-MAR
One of Morocco's hopes Abdelaziz is one of the athletes that make up the Moroccan armada of hopefuls at the 27th Marathon des Sables, with the likes of Rachid El Morabity (D1), Mohamad Ahansal, and Mustapha Ait Amar.
Mohamad Ahansal (d8-MAR)
Become unbeatable once more Paris has its Eiffel Tower and Rome its Coliseum… Zagora has Mohamad Ahansal (d8-MAR) – a monument whose name has been repeatedly inscribed in the list of Sultan MARATHON DES SABLES winners.
Rachid El Morabity D1-MAR
"A repeat of last year's exploit" He surprised many last year by winning the 26th Marathon des Sables when everyone was expecting a fifth victory from Mohamad Ahansal. Winning the trophy on his first attempt seems to have lent wings to ...
Sarah Mayer (D83-MRI)
Sarah, the heart of Mauritius The Sultan MARATHON DES SABLES is endlessly draining people from all over the world. For this 27th édition, Mauritius is represented for the first time by Sarah Mayer (D83-MRI)
Dario Zanni (D127-SUI)
Learning patience 48 hours before the big day, this similing runner from Geneva is so looking forward to getting started that he keeps talking about "tomorrow": he forgets he has the technical checks to go through and that he'll see the moon rise twice
Aline Pierron (D235-FRA)
From rowing to the desert As a teenager, Aline Pierron (D235-FRA) was part of the French national rowing team. She could hope for great achievements in sport, but to play it safe, she decided to join the French armed forces. Her high flying sport career soon had to give way, her job leaving no room for it.
Volker VOSS (D770 – ALL)
« All my friends are here ». A grey beard, a generous figure, one can easily imagine him on Christmas Eve putting on his Santa gear for his two grand-children, whose portraits he's wearing on his left sleeve ...