The Marathon des Sables is a gruelling multi-stage adventure walk that takes place in the desert of Morocco every year in April. You have to be self-sufficient and take all equipment and food for the week on your back. TV5MONDE is partner of this sporting event which takes place from 8 to 18 April 2016.
Established in 1986 as an autonomous event, the Marathon des Sables is now the fourth of the ten stages of the Ultra-Trail World Tour founded in 2013 and played for the first time in 2014.
Some explanations on the course
The Marathon des Sables is a Footrace made up of 6 stages, it's a free-style race over a distance of about 250 km, and the competitor has to carry all his food and equipment on their back.
Day 1: Flight Departure, transfer to bivouac
Day 2: Scrutineering administrative and medical
3rd to 8th Day: Timed stages in food self-sufficiency
9th Day : Step "Solidarity" timed to self-sufficiency
Day 10 : Free day
Day 11 : Return flight
Le Marathon des Sables in figures - More than 13 000 participants since 1986
30% renewed registrations
14 % Women
90% Alternate walking and running
14 km / h : average maximum speed
3 km / h : average minimum speed
16 years old for the youngest participant
79 years for the oldest
The official organiser Atlantide has overseen the event for more than 30 years encompassing;
130 volunteers on the course itself
450 for general guidance
120,000 liters of water bottles,
300 berber and saharan tents
120 4x4 vehicles and trucks
2 helicopters " Squirrel " and 1 aircraft " Cessna "
8 planes "MDS special "
4 camels ,
1 incinerator lorry
5 quads race environment and safety
57 medical team members
6.5 km of Elastoplast, 2700 Compeed plasters, 19,000 compresses, 6000 analgesics, 150 litres of disinfectant
1 TV network van , 5 cameras , 1 satellite station,
10 satellite phones, 30 computers, fax and Internet,
1 grain of madness...
Sources : Le site officiel du Marathon des Sables, ici
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