The competitors of the 34th edition of MARATHON DES SABLES are gathering today on Moroccan soil. Under the benevolent gaze of Patrick BAUER, creator of the event and still at the helm today, the MDS family is once again preparing to marry the desert.
Faithful to his post, Patrick BAUER welcomed this afternoon the 800 competitors expected for the 34th edition of MARATHON DES SABLES. Creator of the event, and still at the helm since 1986, Patrick BAUER once again recalled the importance of the "family" MARATHON DES SABLES.
STAGE OF THE DAY: ARRIVAL OF COMPETITORS ON THE MOROCCAN SOIL
After landing in Ouarzazate, the more than 800 competitors headed by bus north-east of Erfout, bordering the southern Moroccan Sahara. Coming from more than 50 countries from all walks of life, these women and men discover their first bivouac, and settle for their first night under their new home. For eight days, they will sleep eight under a Berber tent - effective protection against the sun, the wind, and the cold of the night.
George RATCLIFFE (D559-GBR), a 30-year-old Londoner, was very excited when he discovered his new environment: "It's a huge contrast to arrive here, two days ago I trained with a friend, there had 10 cm of snow on the ground!" And Matthew SIMS (D575-GBR), to bid: "We are a group of five, this is our first time, we're just here to finish. I love sand, I love the heat, everything is perfect!"
Sand, there is plenty on the bivouac, heat, maybe a little less (it remains relative!). Indeed, the weather of recent days has proved capricious in the area where this 34th MDS is taking place, with wind, coolness and rain. From their planes, the future marathoners of the sands could discover oueds greenened by the waves which replace the usual nets of water. If this "freshness" persists, this is good news for competitors: the risk of heat stroke and dehydration will be lower ... "However, we risk treating more colds, coughs" provide DocTrotters, faithful to the post . With 52 people dedicated to the medical, the MARATHON DES SABLES demonstrates its willingness to support each competitor to give him every chance to go to the end of the race.
And sometimes, helping competitors become MDS finisher is also taking care of them before the event. Thus this competitor who has just lost his mother will benefit from a special scheme: "We will manage to help him, we will send a car to pick him up and he will pass his technical controls just before the start the day after tomorrow. He just suffered a huge blow, we can not in addition deprive him of his MARATHON DES SABLES, "says Patrick BAUER. Here again, the "family" spirit of the MDS takes over all other considerations: here, one does not calculate, one does just what is to be done.