A new page of the Marthon des Sables will be written in the dunes of the Moroccan Sahara from April 5 to 15, 2019, announces a press release sent to our daily. From April 5th, a thousand people from all over the world will arrive in Morocco. They will tackle this monster of endurance and travel 250 km divided into six stages on foot in the desert and food self-sufficiency.
Moroccan riders, led by Rachid El Morabity, will once again defend their domination of the Marathon. But for the 34th edition of the event, the team Terres d’Aventure consisting of French Julien Chorier, Erik Clavery and Merile Robert could well win.
For seven days, competitors will go through the stages through dunes, djebels, ergs and dry lakes. During the week, only water and a traditional Berber tent per group of eight competitors will be provided.
For seven days, in the heart of an exceptional desert environment, they will advance at all costs, fighting against sand, heat, but above all against themselves. Helped by their fellow passengers and by all the staff, they will have to excel and get the little something that will allow them to complete their challenge.
Among the 1,000 or so competitors who will start the race this year, there are about 200 women who will line up at the start of the event, a significant percentage despite the reputation of “the toughest race in the world” of the Marathon des sables.
The motivations of these women are often deep, drawing from the experience of each. Their endurance and adaptability allow most to finish the event, and impress more than one man in the pack. Statistically, women are more likely to complete the six stages than men! Indeed every year, women are ahead of men in the percentage of finishers of the event.