27th SULTAN MARATHON DES SABLES
“special competitor” 3 charter flights have been reserved from Paris.
06 APRIL 2012
• The time at which you must be from 05.00 am ORLY SUD airport (see your convocation). You will then be told which desk to go to for your flight. .
• You must have a valid passport and your luggage with you
• Handing out of tickets at the appropriate desk
• Weighing of luggage: 20 Kgs maximum per person
• Arrival at OUARZAZATE 08.45 pm (local time)
Those not taking the plane with AOI - see with your representant.
• Transfer by bus to the 1st bivouac 250 kms (03H30) - Handing-out of road-book. lunch-packet; Arrival at 1st bivouac, dinner and night at bivouac
07 APRIL 2012
• Breakfast at bivouac; administrative, technical and medical checks.
• Following checks: free day, lunch and dinner at bivouac.
08th to 14th APRIL 2012
• Beginning of self sufficiency in food: from breakfast 08 April to breakfast 14 April .
14 APRIL 2012
END OF THE RACE
• Bus transfer to hotel in Ouarzazate , lunch paquet; collecting of personal affaires, dinner and night at hotel (1/2 pension)
15 APRIL 2012
• Breakfast at hotel.
• 09H30 to 14H30 - distribution of Tee-shirt MDS - MARATHON DES SABLES shop to Hotel COS (near Kasbah)
• Free time, lunch not provided;
• 10H00 prize giving ceremony - coktail Hotel COS • Dinner and night at hotel (1/2 pension)
16 APRIL 2012
• Breakfast at hotel. Free time the morning, lunch not provided
• Transfer in from hotel to Ouarzazate airport. Departure flight
• Arrival Paris (see your flight ticket).
As each competitor arrives at the first bivouac on 6th April, he or she will be led by the bivouac marshals to the corresponding zone of numbered tents grouped by country.
Due to the high number of competitors, it is vital that everyone sticks to their allotted zone so that all can be accommodated. Competitors will keep the same place throughout the race, and their tent numbers will be their reference for receiving emails: a keenly awaited moment of the day for keeping in contact with supporters during this wonderful adventure.
119 Berber tents pitched in two concentric circles are scheduled to receive over 880 competitors on the bivouac of the 27th Sultan MARATHON DES SABLES.
Every day, the bivouac will be taken down at around 6 a.m. and then set up again at the finish line of the day’s stage: a “village” grows each morning for marathon runners to get a well-deserved rest in groups of eight per tent. Warning: competitors who do not respect the allotted country zones will incur a time penalty (see ART. 28).
For information, no advance reservations are possible.
The use of mobile phones in the bivouac and along the route of the 26th SULTAN MARATHON DES SABLES will not be allowed and will be subject to a penalty! Following numerous breaches last year by several participants unable to respect other runners’ need to break with everyday life when they take part in MDS, and in order to maintain the peace and quiet sought by the majority, AOI have decided to put this new measure in place to preserve the authenticity, values and original concept of this sporting and human adventure.
Anyone wanting to use their mobile phone will be able to do so only if they move away from the bivouac or the CP so as not to disturb other participants.
We remind you that over 40,000 emails are received during the race and distributed to participants in their Berber tent each day. This form of communication with the outside world is more in line with the MDS spirit and maintains privacy and respect for everyone.
The runners’ bivouac is not equipped with electricity. It is therefore not possible to recharge phone batteries, cameras and other energy-consuming items.
The concept of self-sufficiency also applies to this domain.
To improve the everyday comfort of competitors and preserve the environment, new sit-down WCs will be installed all round the bivouac. Special biodegradable, compostable bags will be provided in these toilets. The bags guarantee complete personal hygiene. Bins will be placed outside for use when leaving the WC. They will be regularly emptied to avoid unpleasant odours.
To give women, and women only, the possibility of a little more privacy in their daily ablutions, cabins will be installed around the bivouac. Because of the numerous cultures and nationalities involved in the MARATHON DES SABLES, it is important and legitimate to create spaces, however modest, away from potential prying eyes.
These private cabins will be for women only and their use by men shall be prohibited. Any violations will be penalised as behavioural misconduct (see Arts 27 & 28).
CHOICE OF HOTELS
No hotel in Ouarzazate is big enough to accommodate all MDS competitors. Groups are often organised by nationality for those enrolled with AOI's representatives. This makes it easier to transfer competitors by bus to the airport to get flights home. In fact some have to get up at 4 a.m. for the transfer. For the last few years our English representative has decided to take care of hotel accommodation after the race for its British competitors. These people are no longer AOI's responsibility once back in Ouarzazate.
BUS JOURNEY BACK TO OUARZAZATE
Every year a few runners are met by friends and family at the final finish line and decide to return to Ouarzazate using their own means of transport. In such cases they are no longer covered by the organisation's insurance and AOI therefore accepts no responsibility in the event of an accident.
On return to Ouarzazate all competitors are in double rooms. For reservation and insurance reasons, only competitors can be accommodated for these two nights. Competitors wishing to share rooms with their families must make their own arrangements.