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SLEEP AND FORGET YOUR HUNGER

LAST SUPPER, FIRST NIGHT

Yesterday evening, after the race brief by Patrick BAUER (creator of the MARATHON DES SABLES) and Fernando GONZÁLEZ (race director), the 300 or so competitors had supper under a big marquee set up right next to the bivouac, with lots of appealing dishes...especially on the eve of four days of food self-sufficiency! Then came bed time - in view of the 7 AM wake-up call of Tuesday: all competitors returned to their individual tents laid out in circles, lit by a few bonfires... An incredible atmosphere...

 

You're sometimes told that it only rains once a year in Fuerteventura... Well, then, that was last night! A surprise for all competitors when at the heart of the night, the "plop, plop" of the raindrops started sounding on their tents. "The night was a bit warm, but thanks to the wind and rain, it was bearable", says Simone BIANCHI (D232-ITA) with a smile. He continues: "We received an excellent welcome and a delicious supper. It's my first MDS event, and I hope to participate in the next MDS MAROC in April. I'm training for that goal, but I also wanted to do something special for my 50 years. I'm here to cross the finish line, walking steadily and enjoying every moment."

 

The night was a little more turbulent for Mohamed BOUAZZAOUI (D249-FRA): "With my snoring tent neighbours, it felt like being at a holiday camp! Never mind - I'll sleep better tonight..." Before adding an amusing anecdote: "I didn't really train with my backpack, but I hiked quite a lot with my 17-kg son on my shoulders, so it should be OK!"

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