33rd Annual Marathon des Sables to Kick Off in Southern Morocco

Rabat – Nearly 1,300  international runners will land in the Moroccan Sahara to participate in the 33rd annual Marathon des Sable, which will take place from April 6 to 16.The Sahara race will be organized by the Atlantide Organization Internationale. The event will take place under the auspices of the Moroccan Ministry of Tourism, according to a statement by the Marathon Des Sables.The race features several stages open to walkers and runners over a distance of about 250 kilometers. Each runner or walker “must carry his/her own backpack containing food, sleeping gear and other material.” “The 33rd Marathon des Sables will be administered according to the general race regulations and their amendments (road book,…), to which all participants agree when they register,” added the statement.In order to participate in the race, candidates need to be over 18 and must hold a medical certificate issued by the organization stating their ability to participate.The 32nd edition of the event convened 1,300 runners from 52 countries. The race was marked by the participation of thirty Moroccan runners. The 2016 edition was won by Morocco’s Rachid El Morabiti.