In 20 days' time, the first ever MDS PERU will be underway, covering 250 km of desert in 6 stages spread over 7 days. You can, of course, follow the race as usual on our website and social networks: photos, videos, live streams, rankings, news, portraits... Discover this new MDS destination - a new desert and a new course to explore, with which you're sure to fall in love!
In the meantime, for those who like to cut to the chase, here's some advance information on the competitors likely to feature on the podium... Who are your favourites?
Gediminas GRINIUS (LIT)
This 38-year-old Lithuanian soldier doesn't have much to fear - except, perhaps, the strong Peruvian sun beating down on his shaved head... The winner of the Ultra-Trail World Tour 2016 has hit the top of the rankings for the world’s biggest ultras (1st in Ultra-Trail Mount Fuji 2015, 2nd in UTMB 2016), but has no experience of desert or stage racing.
Rachid EL MORABITY (MAR)
This Moroccan runner from Zagora has already won the MARATHON DES SABLES MAROC five times (2011, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017). At the age of 35, he’s in dazzling form, but is as yet unfamiliar with the Ica desert and its giant dunes…
Julien CHORIER (FRA)
This French ultra-trailer is participating in the MARATHON DES SABLES for the first time. He has many accolades to his name, including first place in the Grand Raid de La Réunion and Hardrock 100. "I don't have the experience of this type of race, nor the environment. So I'm going to do all I can to really make the most of this adventure, and we'll see what happens..."
Yeray DURAN (ESP)
This athlete from the Canary Islands came fourth in the first edition of the HALF MARATHON DES SABLES FUERTEVENTURA last September, and cannot wait to get started on this new challenge.
Erik CLAVERY (FRA)
This runner finished 5th in his very first MARATHON DES SABLES MAROC in 2016, and recently won the Grand To Grand in the United States in September, a race modelled on the MDS.
Mohamed EL MORABITY (MAR)
Rachid's younger brother burst onto the scene this year, especially at MARATHON DES SABLES MAROC, in which he finished second. At just 25 years old, he has a great future ahead of him. "I'm feeling great, and have prepared well for the race."
Remigio HUAMAN QUISPE (PER)
The best Peruvian mountain runner will be hard pressed to replicate his first place in the HALF MARATHON DES SABLES FUERTEVENTURA, but will be able to draw upon the experience he gained last April at MDS MAROC (5th).
Nathalie MAUCLAIR (FRA)
One of the best female ultra-trailers on the planet: she has already won all the most hotly contested events (Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, Grand Raid de La Réunion, IAU Trail World Championships...). The MARATHON DES SABLES MAROC has eluded her twice, with two superb 2nd places (2016 and 2017). She’s determined not to lose out at this first MDS PERU!
Ruthann SHEAHAN (IRL)
This Irish quadra is a specialist in road ultramarathons, with an impressive record of 229,346 km in 24 hours! She’s already participated once in the MARATHON DES SABLES MAROC (2012 – 23rd) and should be able to capitalise upon this first experience. One to watch, especially during rolling stages.
Elba Rocio CARRION CONDE (PER)
This Peruvian thirty-something hasn’t participated in many competitions, but has had some outstanding results (first in the Yumax 80K ultramarathon this year, second in the Desert Challenge Paracas 100K last year). She would appear to have one foot on the podium already.
Valerie NOSSAR (PER)
Her experience of ultras is limited to the 2012 and 2013 Yumax 80K ultramarathon, both of which she won... One to watch...
Sabina BACINELLI (ITA)
This Italian nurse can’t get enough of long distance races, but isn’t used to competing outside her home country. This Peruvian escapade could nevertheless see her feature on the podium.
Claudia FORSTER (SUI)
Twelfth at the MARATHON DES SABLES MAROC this year - her only experience of the world of ultras. A powerful challenger.