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Marathons, Ultra races, trails and city running tips in the African world.
APRIL: MARATHON DES SABLES, NORTH-AFRICA
At 28 years of age, Patrick Bauer decided to make for the Sahara to try to traverse a 350km expanse of uninhabited desert, on foot, alone, where he wouldn’t come across a single village, oasis or watering place. Totally self-sufficient, with a rucksack weighing 35kg and containing water and food, he set off on a journey which was to last 12 days. It was the starting point of what was to become the MARATHON DES SABLES.
In 1986 23 pioneers took part in the first edition of this legendary multi-day running event in the Moroccan Sahara.
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/her own backpack containing food, sleeping gear and other material.
Especially in Southern Morocco at a time of year when the temperature can exceed 100 degrees Farhenheit in the sun, the body is under strain.
Participants will be advised carefully on how to avoid certain mistakes and how to prepare efficiently for this “extraordinary expedition”.
MAY: SAHARA 7 DAYS, 250K FOOTRACE, NAMIBIA
Namibia is one of the driest countries of the African continent, and known for its iconic desert and stunning landscape.
The Namib Desert, on the west coast of Southern Africa, is the oldest desert and has the largest dunes in the world.
The course is located in and around beach of Torra Bay, in the the Skeleton Coast National Park.
During this multiday race you will see a great diversity of scenery and terrain as you complete the 250K / 155mi course.
This includes running along the beach where the desert meets the Atlantic Ocean and through Seal colonies, over salt pans, past salt lakes which are home to flamingos, through the infamous dunes of the Namib desert, into dry riverbeds where a hint of water gives way to lush green vegetation, past deserted oil and diamond mines and across vast open red desert plains and hills.
The course follows four stages of approximately 40K / 25mi, the Long March of approximately 80K / 50mi, which takes place over two days, and the final “sprint” less than 20K / 13mi.
It is a self-supported race; competitors must carry everything they need for seven days on their backs.
20-30 MAY: TRANS ATLAS ULTRA TRAIL MARATHON, MOROCCO
A multiday race high up in the mountains of the the Moroccan Atlas. The 285 km route is divided in 6 stages. Every day 30 to 60 km of trails will be covered with an elevation up to 14000.
An adventure with spectacular views through a lunar-like rocky landscape with snowy peaks, gorges, valleys, few villages.
Race-director and ultrarunner Mohamad Ahansal is the Moroccan initiator who made it possible to meet the ancient culture of Berbers and souks with rich colors, smells and flavors.
Apart from a place to sleep in a lodge, breakfast and diner, participants have to carry their backpack with food, water and equipment during each stage.