Marathon des sables

2022 Race regulation GBR


The 36th MARATHON DES SABLES is organized by ATLANTIDE ORGANISATION INTERNATIONALE and will take place from 25 March to 4 April 2022 in southern Morocco. This 36th annual event will take place under the aegis of the MOROCCAN MINISTRY OF TOURISM and will bring together around 1 200 French and foreign participants.


The 36th 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/her own backpack containing food, sleeping gear and other material.


The 36th MARATHON DES SABLES will be administered according to the general race regulations and their amendments (road book, etc.) as well as to the General Terms and Conditions of Sale, to which all participants agree when they register. The General Terms ans Conditions of Sale may be viewed on the institutional website and on the registration website


Anyone meeting the following conditions will be accepted: over 18, any citizenship. Competitors must hold a medical certificate issued by the organization stating their ability to participate and a resting ECG report.

Teenagers over 16 may participate in the 36th MARATHON DES SABLES subject to prior consent from ATLANTIDE ORGANISATION INTERNATIONALE and written permission from a parent or guardian. They will have to meet the same requirements as adults.

Due to the specific nature of the course of the race (food self-sufficiency, race regulations) no accompanying person will be accepted on the event.



Each male or female participant enters the general classification without distinction of age or degree of professionalism. However, regardless of the general classification, the following classifications are established:

  • Female,
  • Master M1 (aged 40 to 49),
  • Master M2 (aged 50 to 59),
  • Master M3 (aged 60 to 69),
  • Master M4 (aged 70 to 79),
  • Master M5 (from 80).
  • Master W1 (aged 40 to 49),
  • Master W2 (aged 50 to 59),
  • Master W3 (aged 60 to 69),
  • Master W4 (aged 70 to 79)
  • Master W5 (from 80).

Classification is based on year of birth.


A team is made up of at least three runners. To remain in the race, all three members of the team must complete the race. However, each member is recorded as an individual in the general ranking.


25 March: Departure for Morocco, arrival, transfer bivouac. Distribution of a lunch package and dinner provided by AOI.

26 March: Technical, administrative and medical formalities. Meals provided by AOI.

27 to 1 April: Timed stages with food self-sufficiency.

2 April: Timed "Solidarity" stage with food self-sufficiency. Bus transfer to hotels and distribution of a lunch package. Dinner at the hotel included in the price (drinks not included).

3 April: Free day. Breakfast and dinner at the hotel. Lunch not included.

4 April: Return to London*. Breakfast at the hotel.



  • the regulations of the 36th MARATHON DES SABLES,
  • the aspect of the course (see ART. 21),
  • the place, the date and initial destination in case of forces (weather, cataclysm, armed conflict, invasion in any form, hail, lock-out, pandemic, epidemic, etc.) or for reasons beyond its control.



The checks will take place on 26 March 2022.

Participants must present themselves to the race administrators and medical team responsible for carrying out these verifications. He or she must imperatively have fulfilled his or her technical, administrative and medical obligations (see ART. 24, 25, 27 & 28) before departure. At the control point, an exact list of each participant's equipment must be established (i.e., compulsory items, personal belongings, food and caloric value, etc.).

The race stewards are authorized at any time to check and supervise the participants' backpacks. Individual items of the participant's equipment as referred to in the above list is strictly personal. Any items missing from the list, whether thrown away, lost or stolen, shall be penalized. All competitors are responsible for their own equipment and they must therefore inform the organization of any missing item, failing which penalties could be levied (see ART. 27 and 28). Any found objects that remain unclaimed after 24 hours shall be disposed of, except for telephones, cameras and batteries. Each competitor is responsible for his/her own equipment.

During the race, none of the items in your backpack will be looked after by the organisation.


During the administrative and technical registration, the organization will provide each participant with:

  • 2 breast plates bearing a number, approx. 18 cm x 16 cm
    • one above the navel
    • one for the back, to be attached to the backpack,
  • a check-in card
  • a distress beacon SPOT
  • ChronoTag (3)

These ID marks must be worn by the participants throughout the race and positioned according to the organisation's indications, failing which penalties will be issued. The race stewards may carry out checks at any time. It is formally forbidden to cover the organisation's race numbers with any other lettering. Each participant must ensure his/her ID marking is clear, entirely visible, in good condition and in the proper place, under pain of penalty (see ART. 27 and 28). The organisation will provide competitors with spare tags in case of damage or loss. The distress beacon must be handed in at the end of the race. The loss of the distress beacon will incur a fine of 100 euro (see ART. 27 and 28).

Each participant agrees to adhere strictly to this rule, subject to serious penalty in the case of violation (see ART. 27 and 28).


In addition to official ID markings, participants may use other available clothing space for individual sponsors e.g. T-shirts (apart from the chest area exclusively reserved for race number) shorts, socks, caps, backpacks, etc.

However, the organisation reserves the right to prohibit sponsorship considered to be oversized or in direct competition with the organisation's partners or for any other reasons and which the organisation does not have to justify.

The race organisers will be very strict about where your ID is placed. Therefore, think carefully about where to position your advertising and publicity on your tee-shirts and backpacks.


Stage starts are grouped, except for:

  • the "non-stop" stage, where the leaders of the general and women's classifications will start around 3 hours after the 1st start.
  • the "marathon" stage, where the last on the list will be the first to leave.

Each competitor must attend a briefing session with the race Director before the stage starts. Participants must imperatively start at the time indicated by the organisation, subject to penalties (see ART. 28).


Stage to be covered in a maximum authorized time of 10. The marathon stage must take a maximum between 10 and 12 hours.

CP closing times are indicated in the road book. Anyone who has not reached a checkpoint before the deadline will be disqualified (see ART. 27 & 28).

The Charity Stage is obligatory and counts as part of MDS. Any competitor who does not participate or gives up this stage will be disqualified from MDS. Any penalties received shall be included in the general race ranking.

A finisher medal is awarded at the end of the Marathon stage.


Approx. 80 km stage to be held partly during the night and within a maximum authorized time of 32 hours.

CP closing times are indicated in the road book. Anyone who has not reached a checkpoint before the deadline will be disqualified (see ART. 27 & 28). From CP4 onwards, competitors may set up bivouac where they like as long as they are on the route axis and clearly visible. Participants will be informed of the latest departure time from CP4.

Headlamp turned on from 7 pm.


The water distribution point at the finish line of each day's stage is compulsory check point.

Check points are located throughout the course of each stage of the race. There are two to six check points depending on the length of the race and each competitor must go through them, if not penalties will be applied (see Art 27 and 28). This allows the race officials to record times and distribute water (see ART.16).

Medical assistance will be available at each check point.

The closing times for each checkpoint will be indicated in the road book.


An official time-keeper will take down the daily order of arrival for each competitor.

Obligatory checkpoints: water distribution and card punching.

The bivouacs will be pitched each day on previously chosen sites transformed into camping grounds for the competitors; Numbered, 8-man tents attributed by country of residence. Failure to adhere to these numbers will incur a penalty (see Art. 27 and 28).

Competitors may use their free time to prepare for the night and get medical care, if necessary.


Each competitor's time is recorded in hours, minutes and seconds.


The daily race ranking is calculated by adding the time taken to run that stage of the race plus penalties, if applicable.


Each team's time will correspond to the average time taken by its members, including penalties.


General ranking is calculated by adding together times for each stage of the race. Any claims must be made in writing at the race and handed over to the ranking marshals (see Art. 27).


The organisation takes charge of supplying water to each competitor.

Water is typically distributed as follows:

Liaison stage: 

*12 liters per person per day

  • 1.5 or 3 liters at check points 1 and 2,
  • 1.5 or 3 liters at check point 3, if check point 3
  • 6 or 7.5 liters at arrival post.

Marathon stage: 

*15 liters per person per day:

  • 1.5 or 3 liters at check points 1, 2 and 3
  • 6 liters at arrival post.

Non-stop stage: 

*25.5 liters minimum per person over 2 days:

  • 1.5 or 3 liters at check points 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7,
  • 4.5 liters at arrival post,
  • 6 liters at the bivouac.

At the end of the stage, each competitor is given 6 liters of water.

Be aware that the next water supply will be on the first CP of the next day's stage

Distribution times will be posted up on the bivouac the night before (see Art. 13, 27 and 28). Stamping of the water card is obligatory and the competitor's sole responsibility. Each participant must manage his/her daily water intake as and when water is distributed and cannot obtain further supplies at any other time.

Penalties will be given to competitors who abandon empty water containers along the route. Facilities for handing in empty containers will be available at check points (see ART. 27 and 28).

Never leave without water. Should you get lost in the desert, water reserves could be vital.


A specially chosen medical team, specializing in sports and tropical medicine will be present throughout the race with the use of assistance vehicles. It will be posted at check points and at the finish line each day and will ensure that any participants who are suffering from physical or mental exhaustion are brought back to the base camp. The medical team is allowed to remove ID plates and to eliminate any participant they feel physically unfit to continue the race and/or having received vital medical care. (See ART.27 and 28).


In no circumstances (and at the risk of having to pay the search costs involved) must any competitor leave the race without informing the organisation and signing an official discharge provided by AOI. If a competitor abandons the race, he/she must notify the organisation as soon as possible and give his/her identification marks to one of the course stewards.

A team which has more than 3 members and where one member drops out or is disqualified will result in the team receiving a one-hour penalty (see Articles 27 and 28).

In the case of a serious physical condition, repatriation may be arranged immediately.

If the competitor's physical condition is satisfactory, he or she shall be taken to Ouarzazate within 48 hours maximum, after signing an official disclaimer supplied by AOI. While awaiting transferral to Ouarzazate, the competitor shall automatically be taken care of and must hand over his or her food to the organisation.

In Ouarzazate, the organisation will give the competitor his or her personal bag and provide assistance to reserve a hotel if necessary. Accommodation and food shall be paid for by the competitor.

A doctor will be available for consultations and referral to hospital or a nurse for treatment.


The organisation reminds all participants that the 36th MARATHON DES SABLES is a race through the Sahara where climatic and ground conditions can be extreme. Any outside assistance is strictly prohibited. Replenishment during the race shall incur a minimum penalty of 3 hours and possibly exclusion. If a competitor goes far off the race route, necessitating a lengthy search, he or she will be excluded from the race and pay a € 200 fine (see ART. 27 and 28).


An insurance policy covering medical evacuation is arranged by the organization for all entrants.

The policy covers the following:





-     Repatriation or sanitary transport (A)


-     Search and rescue costs (B)

(In the event of justified unavailability of the MDS Organizer’s rescue resources, support of additional emergency resources put in place by the latter)


-     Medical expenses incurred during the MDS (C)

ü  Dental care (C1)


-       Dispatch of prostheses (D)


-       Visit from a loved one (E)



-       Repatriation of body:

ü  Repatriation of the body (F1)

ü  Funeral costs necessary for transport(F2)


-       Death formalities (G)



(A) Actual costs


(B) €5,000 including tax






(C) €15 000 including tax per person

(C1) €230 including tax per person


(D) Shipping costs


(E) Round trip ticket *+

Hotel costs for €35 incl. VAT per night / Max 10 nights


(F1) Actual costs

(F2) Actual costs


(G) Round trip ticket *


* by 1st class train or economy class airliner

All competitors take part in the full knowledge of the risks that may be incurred in this kind of competition. Since competitors participate of their own free will, the organisation is not responsible for any incident or accident.

In accordance with the 1984 law on sport, the organiser is obliged to advise participants to take out their own accident and death insurance.


Average temperature in March/April:

  • daytime 30° C • night time 14° C.

The route (approx. 250 kms) covers a wide variety of terrain. In the event of sandstorm lowering visibility to zero, competitors must stop in their tracks and wait for instructions by the organizers.


The participants in the 36th MARATHON DES SABLES must follow the route as marked by the organisers, failing which penalties may be applied according to the particular stage. For liaison stages, the course will be marked approximately every 500 meters. There are several natural landmarks that will serve as additional points of reference.

Special NON-STOP stage and MARATHON: light beacons from CP3 to the finish line.


A road book will be compiled from the survey reconnaissance missions. The exact course will remain secret and will only be revealed at the time of distributing the road books on 25 March. It will include various items of interest on the stages, support, etc.

Competitors shall be penalized they you do not have their road book during the race. (see ART. 28). Each morning a briefing will be held relating to that day's stage by the organizers in French and in English.


All of the obligatory equipment and personal belongings for each competitor (food, survival equipment and Marathon kit, waist pouch...) should weigh between 6.5 kg and 15 kg. This minimum/maximum weight does not include your daily water supply.

Each participant will have to fulfil the above obligations during the administrative and technical checks in Morocco (see ART. 27 and 28).


Each entrant must provide his/her own food from 27 March to 2 April included.

He/she must select the type of food best suited to his/her personal needs, health, weather conditions, weight and backpack conditions. We remind you that airlines strictly forbid the carrying of gas (for cooking) on board either as hand luggage or otherwise. Each competitor must have 14 000 k/calories, that is to say a minimum of 2,000 k/calories per day, otherwise he/she will be penalised (see ART. 27 and 28). Any food out of its original packaging must be equipped, legibly, of the nutrition label shown on the product concerned. Any food out its original packaging must be equipped, legibly, of the nutrition label shown on the product concerned.
Gas stoves are strictly forbidden.

Mandatory equipment:

  • backpack MDS or equivalent
  • sleeping bag,
  • head torch and a complete set of spare batteries,
  • 10 safety pins,
  • compass, with 1° or 2° precision,
  • lighter,
  • a whistle,
  • knife with metal blade,
  • tropical disinfectant,
  • venom pump,
  • a signalling mirror,
  • one aluminium survival sheet,
  • one tube of sun cream of 50 ml minimum,
  • 200 euro or equivalent in dirhams
  • passport or for Moroccan residents, identity card
  • original medical certificate provided by AOI, filled in and signed by the doctor
  • original ECG and its tracing

 Marathon Kit:

It is supplied by the organisation and will include the following:

  • a road book issued on 25 March,
  • Identification marks (see list ART.8),
  • salt tablets,
  • sachets for the toilets

This Marathon kit will be issued during the technical and administrative checks in Morocco.A luminous stick will be issued at CP3 of the non-stop stage. The distress beacon must be given back to the organisation at the finish line. 



CATEGORY A: INDIVIDUAL – 4,680 euro (Price for UK, Ireland and British islands residents)

The total cost of the entry fee includes:

  • Round trip airfare London/Morocco,
  • Bus transfers,
  • Catering,
  • Bivouac,
  • Accommodation in a 5* hotel (2 days half board),
  • Water throughout the race,
  • Repatriation insurance (see Art.20),
  • Technical support,
  • Medical assistance,
  • Air and ground support,
  • Marathon kit,
  • Medal for “Finishers”
  • Tee-Shirt,
  • Certificate for “Finishers” (downloadable 3 months after the race)
  • Official film of the race (downloadable 3 months after the race)
  • An invitation at the EXPO event in London organised by the UK office of the MDS

CATEGORY B: TEAM, per person 4,780 euro (Price for UK, Ireland and British islands residents)

Competitors who wish to set up an official team to be part of the team ranking system must pay the registration fee plus 100 euro.

The entry fee covers the same services and obligations as for CATEGORY A, and also:

  • Mention of the team in the press pack,
  • The team's official ranking,
  • Official ranking of each member of the team.

The name of the team and its members must be given at the time of registering.


Given that the total number of participants is limited, the organisation will only accept applications in order of registration and depending on places available.

  1. PAYMENT SCHEDULE (possibility of paying his/her registration in several installments)

1.1 UNTIL 15 APRIL 2021:

  • 1st Payment of minimum €600 of the registration fee by credit card or bank transfer
  • Competitor's general details to be completed on an online form
  • On 15 January 2022, the competitor's online administrative record must be complete. The non-receipt of this information will incur penalties (see ART. 27 & 28)


  • 1st Payment of minimum €1,600 of the registration fee by credit card or bank transfer
  • Competitor's general details to be completed on an online form
  • On 15 January 2022, the competitor's online administrative record must be complete. The non-receipt of this information will incur penalties (see ART. 27 & 28)


  • 1st Payment of minimum €2,600 of the registration fee by credit card or bank transfer
  • Competitor's general details to be completed on an online form
  • On 15 January 2022, the competitor's online administrative record must be complete. The non-receipt of this information will incur penalties (see ART. 27 & 28)


  • 1st Payment of minimum €3,600 of the registration fee by credit card or bank transfer
  • The balance must be paid by 15 January 2022.
  • Competitor's general details and complete online administrative record. The non-receipt of this information will incur penalties (see ART. 27 & 28)

If the number of places for the 2022 edition is reached, the organisation will establish a waiting list.

Competitors featuring on this list have two possible options:

  1. If a place on the 2022 edition becomes free, his or her participation shall be validated, provided the conditions for definitive registration are complied with (see ART. 25 of the race regulations)
  2. If no places become free on the 2022 edition, the application will be postponed with a priority to MDS 2023 following the conditions of the 2023 edition. Competitors who do not wish to take part in MDS 2023 may cancel their application within a maximum of 3 months after they appear on the waiting list. In this case, AOI will retain 10% of the application fee (dates and tariff published in December 2021).

In order to feature on this waiting list, competitors must:

- Create an account on the online applications page

- Validate and make the first installment: payment by credit card or payment by bank transfer within 8 days.

No other installments shall be due as long as competitors remain on the waiting list.


All late payments shall be subject to a surcharge of €150.

All payments should be made to ATLANTIDE ORGANISATION INTERNATIONALE. For bank transfers, any bank charges shall be at the payer's expense.

The organisation reserves the right to refuse a competitor's application without giving any reason.

In case of cancellation, competitors partially or fully registered on the current edition may not be replaced by another individual. Applications are name specific. 


Mandatory documents to transfer to the organisation via the UK office MORE THAN RUNNING by 15 January 2022:  

  • All information regarding the competitor's identity, contact details, etc.
  • Photocopy of current valid passport, in .jpeg or .png format. It must be valid for at least 3 months from the date of entry into Morocco.
  • 1 ID photo (3,5 cm wide and 4 cm high) in .jpeg or png format
  • In case of long-term treatment for chronic illness, a letter addressed to the Medical Manager, sent by post to:

AOI - BP 20098 - 10002 TROYES Cedex - FRANCE or by email to

  • Hotel form.
  • Press form.


The organisation's medical certificate (downloadable from 25 February 2022), the resting electrocardiogram (ECG) report plus graph, dated less than 30 days before the start of the race, i.e. from 26 February 2022, are to be presented during the administrative, technical and medical checks on 26 March 2022. Only the original documents, dated and signed, will be accepted (photocopies not valid). Failure to present these documents will incur penalties (see ART.27 et 28).


Article 1: Presentation

The purpose of the QUARTZ Program is to protect participant’s health and to contribute to the ethics of competitions.

The QUARTZ Program strengthens the medical monitoring of participants before the competition and protect the physical integrity of participants during the competition.

The QUARTZ Program applies to the 36th edition of the MARATHON DES SABLES.

Article 2: Rules

Within the framework of the QUARTZ Program, each participant agrees to:

2.1   Accept to answer any meeting request on site or remotely (phone or videoconference) within 30 days before the start of the competition and up to 15 days after the competition.

2.2     Accept all urine and/or blood and/or capillary and/or saliva samples within 30 days before the start of the competition and up to 15 days after the competition knowing that all samples and analyzes costs remain entirely funded by the Organisation.

2.3     Inform, if requested, of any medical history and/or pathology as well as the use of regular treatments or medication or food supplements within 30 days before the start of the competition.

2.4  Inform of anyrequest or use of a substance or method subject to a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE).

2.5  Comply with the prohibited list published annually by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

2.6Protect your health and preserve ethics by not participating in the competition in case of use of:

-> Within 30 days before the start of the competition and during the competition

2.6.1     Intravenous iron infusion

-> Within 7 days before the start of the competition and during the competition

2.6.2     Intravenous infusion

2.6.3     Gas inhalation

2.6.4     Substance subject to a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) according to the WADA Prohibited List except insulin

2.6.5     All glucocorticoids regardless of the mode of administration

2.6.6     Thyroid synthesis hormones except in case of partial or total removal of the thyroid or hypothyroidism of medical origin.

-> Within 24 hours before the start of the competition and during competition

2.6.7     All beta-2-agonist regardless of the mode of administration

2.6.8     All painkillers including Tramadol and Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) regardless of the mode of administration

2.6.9     All antispastic regardless of the mode of administration

2.6.10  All substances included in the WADA Monitoring Program

Article 3: Breach of rules

3.1     In case of:

-  Proven breach, refusal, or transmission of erroneous information in connection with the QUARTZ Program.

-  Proven breach in connection with the possible use of a substance and/or method not allowed by the QUARTZ Program, in the periods before the competition or during the competition, on the basis of the analyzes carried out within the framework of the QUARTZ program or any way of investigation.

The participant agrees to possible sanctions from the Organisation on the proposal of the QUARTZ Program, which may range, from a simple warning, to an hourly penalty, to exclusion before the competition or to downgrading after the competition.

3.2  The nature of the sanctions remains specific to MARATHON DES SABLES and will have to be established in particular according to the "Elite" or "Regular" status of the participant concerned, a first breach or not in the QUARTZ Program rules, as well as on the possible prescription of an unauthorized substance and/or method by a competition doctor.

3.3      The classification of a participant in the "Elite" or "Regular" category is freely managed by the Organisation but includes at least the first 10 Men and the first 10 Women in the general ranking as well as the first 3 Men and the first 3 Women in each age group ranking.


Enrollment cancellations and requests for refunds must be made in writing by registered post in order to avoid any misunderstanding.

Cancellation refunds will be made on the following basis:

  • Deposit of 500 euro will be retained for processing fee in the event of cancellation until 30/04/2021.
  • 25% of the full enrolment fee will be retained by the organisation in the event of cancellation between 01/05/2021 and 30/09/2021.
  • 40% of the full enrolment fee will be retained by the organisation in the event of cancellation between 01/10/2021 and 30/11/2021.
  • 60% of the full enrolment fee will be retained by the organisation in the event of cancellation between 01/12/2021 and 15/01/2022.

Beyond 15/01/2022 midnight no request for reimbursement will be honored.

Important: AOI strongly recommends that each competitor takes out an insurance policy to cover cancellation – if the competitor cancels his/her entry for any reason, cancellation charges/reimbursements will follow the fixed scale below. AOI will not be able to consider any complaints/appeals. Our partner ASSURINCO offers cover for the race (online sign up, just click here).From the registration confirmation for the MDS 2022 (sent by email once the 1st payment has been validated), the subscription period for insurance is 14 days. But the choice is at the competitor discretion. It remains the responsibility of the competitor to ensure that any policy purchased is adequate for his/her needs.


Administrative process

Any competitor whose information is incomplete in the online applications process on 15/01/2022 will incur a 30-minute penalty (see ART. 28). AOI allows a maximum of 15 days to complete the online administration details. After 30/01/2022, the application of competitors who have still not provided complete information will be cancelled (see ART.26, ART.28).

Technical and administrative checks

If a participant is more than 30 minutes late for these checks on 26 March he/she will be penalized by the length of time of his/her lateness.

If a participant does not submit proof of having all his/her mandatory equipment, he/she will be penalized or disqualified.

Failure to respect the minimum or maximum weight of equipment will also result in a penalty (see ART. 28).

Medical file

At the medical check-ups in Morocco on 26 March 2022, competitors must present the organization's medical certificate and his or her resting electrocardiogram with tracing. These 2 documents must be signed and dated at least 30 days before the start of the race, i.e. from 26 February 2022. Competitors who do not fulfil this obligation shall not be able to start the race. However, such competitors shall be able to participate after an examination by the organization's doctors and subject to their approval. Each of these documents can be produced in the bivouac for a fixed fine of 200 euro to be paid in cash on the spot. A penalty of one hour per missing document shall be applied (see ART. 28).

List of personal belongings

Competitors abandoning one or several elements of his or her personal equipment should inform a bivouac marshall.

Competitors who cannot justify at any check point the absence of any personal item will be severely penalized (see ART. 28).


14 000 compulsory k/calories. When spot-checks are made, any competitor unable to present and justify the minimum 2000 k/calories per day during the race will receive a 2 hours penalty (see ART. 28). The solidarity stage is considered as a race day.

ID markings

In the event of loss or damage to ID markings, race officials must be informed immediately, or a penalty will be applied.

Competitors failing to wear their ID marking may risk disqualification from the race (see ART. 8, 9 and 28).

The loss of the transponder will incur a fine of 100 euro (see ART. 28).

Tampering with ID markings will result in the participant's immediate disqualification (see ART. 28).

Start of stage

Competitors who fail to be present at the starting line when each stage begins will be penalized by the time equivalent to the delay. Exceeding 30 minutes, the competitor will be disqualified and his/her ID markings will be handed over to the steward (see ART. 28).

At the non-stop stage, if the start order is not respected, a three-hours penalty will be given.

Check posts/Time-checking 

At each stage the finish line, and on the route, time-checking is obligatory at the check posts and is the responsibility of the competitor. The first infraction will result in a one-hour penalty, the second infraction a two-hours penalty and the third time elimination from the race (see ART. 28).

Maximum authorized time

Any competitor who exceeds the maximum authorized time for each stage shall be disqualified and must return his/her bib to the steward. Any competitor who arrives at a CP after the deadline shall be disqualified (see ART. 28).

Distress beacon/Torch/Luminous signal sticks/Number bibs

The following penalties apply during the stages (see ART. 28):

  • 1 hour for the use of a distress beacon without a valid reason (the willingness to give up without medical problems is not a valid reason for triggering the beacon),
  • 30 minutes for a headlamp not turned on after 7 pm,
  • 30 minutes for lack of luminous signal sticks after 7 pm.
  • 30 minutes for number bibs not visible.


Any participant withdrawing from the race must notify an organization official as soon as possible.

Withdrawal by one team member in a team of more than 3 members will result in a one-hour penalty for that team, provided of course that at least 3 people remain in the race (see ART. 28).


Any use of illicit drugs by a participant noted by the medical team will result in the elimination of that person from the race (see ART. 28).


Any inappropriate or harmful behaviour may incur serious penalties (see ART. 28).

Mobile phones must not be used in the bivouac or at the CPs (see ART. 28).

Land and medical assistance

Any form of outside assistance is strictly forbidden.

Fraudulent outside assistance supplying food or drink to a competitor shall incur a penalty ranging from three hours to expulsion from the race. Any long searches brought about by excessive deviation from the route will lead to exclusion from the race and a € 200 fine (see ART. 28).

The use of transportation, either with 2 or 4 wheels will result in elimination from the race. The receiving of extra water in particular instances (due to lack, loss or leaking bottle), and with the agreement of the race stewards or on the advice of the medical team, will result in a 30 minutes penalty the first time, one hour the second time and disqualification from the race on the third occasion.

Vital medical assistance (i.e. rehydration, plaster cast etc.) will result in a two-hours penalty the first time, and elimination from the race on the second occasion.

Water and environment

Any water container found on the race route will incur a penalty (see ART. 28).

The throwing away of any food packaging or other items on the race route is strictly forbidden and will be penalized (see ART. 28).


Tents are numbered and attributed by country of residence.

Competitors must, without fail, stay in the tents reserved for them. Failure to adhere to the numbers attributed will incur a penalty (see ART. 28).

All complaints from competitors must be addressed to the Race Director in writing.

  • During the race, it should be handed over to the head of the competitors' bivouac. Replies issued within 48 hours.
  • After the race, on 3 April, at Ouarzazate, to the competitors information point (see road-book)
  • After 4 April and until 30 April, to AOI - BP 20098 - 10002 TROYES Cedex - FRANCE. - Email:





Online applications process incomplete on 15/01/2022



Online applications process incomplete on 30/01/2022



More than 30 minutes delay at admin/tech check-in



Non submission of AOI medical certificate and/or ECG report at rest




No MDS backpack or equivalent



No sleeping bag, compass with 1° or 2° precision


3 H

Non submission distress flare, road book, salt tablets, 2 000 calories/day, aluminium survival sheet


2 H

Non submission 10 safety pins, knife with metal blade, whistle, antiseptic, mirror, venom pump, headlamp + batteries, check-in card, lighter, sun cream, 200 €


1 H

Bag weight not respected


1 H

Piece of personal equipment missing



No bib

2nd / X


Failure to respect ID markings and their positioning


2nd / 30 MINUTES

Tampering with bib



Lateness at start of stage not exceeding 30 minutes



Lateness of more than 30 minutes at departure of stage



Exceeding maximum allowed time



Out of time CP



No check in at check point

3rd / X

1st/ 1 H
2nd / 2 H

Out of time departure



Failure to follow the markings, non-respect of starting procedure



Unjustified use of distress beacon


1 H

Headlamp turned off, lack of luminous signal sticks, number bibs not visible






Abandon of team member for team of 3+ members


1 H

Abandon of team member leaving team short (less than 3)



Doping / use of transportation



Ground assistance

2nd / X

1st / 3 H MINIMUM

Receiving of extra water

3rd / X

1st/ 30 MINUTES
2nd / 1 H

Vital medical assistance

2nd / X

1st / 2 H

Wandering far off course


€ 200

Water and environment

3rd / X

1st / 30 MINUTES
2nd/ 1 H

Failure to respect tents reserved by AOI


1st / 30 MINUTES
2nd / 1 H

Loss of distress beacon


€ 100

Inappropriate or harmful behaviour

2nd / X

1st / 1 H



ATLANTIDE ORGANISATION INTERNATIONALE reserves all exclusive rights for photo coverage of the 36th MARATHON DES SABLES. Participants must agree that ATLANTIDE ORGANISATION INTERNATIONALE may have exclusive use their identity and individual or collective pictures for anything related directly or indirectly to their participation in the MARATHON DES SABLES. Any still camera, video or movie coverage done during the MARATHON DES SABLES cannot be used by participants, their entourage or trainers for any use other than personal, unless by prior authorization or accreditation from ATLANTIDE ORGANISATION INTERNATIONALE. As a result, any book or film (short, feature) project must obtain ATLANTIDE ORGANISATION INTERNATIONALE 's prior authorization. Email:




1st prize
2nd prize
3rd prize
4th to 10th prize

Trophy / € 5000
Trophy / € 3000 
Trophy / € 1500 
Trophy, credit of € 500 for the next enrolment.


1st team
2nd team
3rd team

Trophy / € 4000 
Trophy / € 3000 
Trophy / € 2000


Women's ranking

1st prize
2nd prize
3rd prize

Trophy / € 5000
Trophy / € 3000
Trophy / € 1500

Men's Master ranking

1st master M1
1st master M2
1st master M3
1st master M4

1st master M5

Trophy / € 1000*
Trophy / € 500*


Women's Master ranking

1st master W1
1st master W2
1st master W3
1st master W4

1st master W5

Trophy / € 1000*
Trophy/ € 500*


Daily race challenge: male and female categories: a credit of 400 euro per stage for the next enrolment in MARATHON DES SABLES. These reductions can be accumulated to a maximum of one complete entry fee.
*May not be added to prize money won in individual and women's rankings.


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