Marathon des sables

The race

The MARATHON DES SABLES is a foot race, open to runners and walkers, with several stages, free style, and with food self-sufficiency over a distance of about 250 Km.

Each participant must carry his/herown backpack containing food, sleeping gear and other material.

1st day:    Departure for Morocco*, arrival, transfer bivouac.
2nd day:   Administrative, medical and technical formalities.
from 3rd to 8th day: The race with food self sufficiency.
9th day: Timed Solidary stage with food self sufficiency
10th day:  Free day, Ouarzazate
11th day:  Return to France.*

*Competitors not using the Paris flight may have to arrive a day earlier

and return a day later depending on flight connections.

THE MARATHON DES SABLES KEY FIGURES

Over 22 000 competitors since 1986

   • 30 % repeat competitors
   • 70 % international
   • 30 % French
   • 20 % women
   • 45 % veterans
   • 30 % in teams of three or more
   • 10 % walkers
   • 90 % alternate walking and running
   • 14 km/hr: average maximum speed
   • 3 km/hr: average minimum speed
   • Age of youngest competitor: 16
   • Age of oldest competitor: 83

ATLANTIDE ORGANISATION 35 years caring for our needs

   • 140 volunteers on the course itself,
   • 450 support staff overall,
   • 162 000 liters of mineral water,
   • 515 berber and saharan tents,
   • 140 all-terrain vehicles,
   • 2 “Ecureuil” helicopter 
   • 8 “MDS special” commercial planes,
   • 25 buses,
   • 2 camels,
   • 1 incinerator lorry for burning waste,
   • 5 quads to ensure environment and safety on race,
   • 60 medical staff,
   • 6.5 kms of Elastoplast, 2 700 Compeed, 19 000 compresses,
   • 6 000 painkillers, 150 liters of disinfectant,
   • 1 editing bus, 5 cameras, 1 satellite image station,
   • 10 satellite telephones, 30 computers, fax and internet,
   • A touch of madness...

Patrick BAUER / Race Director

Edition 2020

35e edition ~ from 03 to 13 April 2020 ~ 250 km in 7 days

Moroccan Sahara

registration for 2020

Already registered 1000 participants

Before the 2020 edition

22 000
Runners

162 000
liters of mineral water

515
berber and saharan tents

A Big Thank you

To our suppliers, partners, supporters, volunteers

TV5MONDE
Volkswagen
TREK
Six pro
SPOT
DARI
OCP
Sidi Ali
GLOBAL PLUS
TERRES D'AVENTURE
THÉ BELLAR
MOROCCAN NATIONAL TOURIST OFFICE