What is it?
Marathon des Sables is a six day, 151 mile (243km) endurance
race across the Sahara Desert in Morocco, taking place at the beginning of April.
is run over seven days and the total distance is equivalent to just under six
regular marathons. The actual course and distances are still to be announced,
but are roughly:
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- 15 miles
- 26 miles
stage - 45-50 miles
day (although in reality many competitors need to use this day to finish the long
day - 26 miles|
day - 12-14 miles|
can reach 50°C/120°F, and the terrain will involve stony ground, salt
flats, mountain trails and the infamous dunes. Not to mention the violent sand
storms which can reduce visibility to zero and cover everything in sight.
kit will they need?
They will then
compliment this with luxuries like shades / goggles, sun hats, spare clothing,
medical supplies. They may even consider an MP3 player - Bon Jovi in the dunes!
weight in the heat, over large distances and in sandy terrain can severely traumatise
feet. The boys will wear specialist desert gaitors which should keep some of the
sand out, but they will have to carefully manage their feet to ensure they have
a chance of finishing.
will they eat and drink?
is given out at each checkpoint and at the start and end of each race stage- this
is bottled mineral water and competitors will need to use their water ration for
cooking and washing as well as drinking. Electrolyte powders will be added to
the water to help replace lost salts and carbohydrates.
chaps will also carry all their food for the week and have to prepare their own
food throughout the race. In the mornings and evenings they will eat freeze dried
food that is rehydrated using boiling water cooked over a small stove. Not dissimilar
to dog food in both looks and taste!
will need to demonstrate that they have at least 2000 calories worth of food per
day. Considering the average person uses around 2000 calories per day, and running
a mile burns off around 100 calories, then this would be woefully inadequate.
So the boys will eat An additional mixture of energy bars, biltong, dried fruit,
nuts and high energy snacks.
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