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Sahara Marathon

Quick facts

Location Smara, Morocco

Distance Marathon

Date February

About Sahara Marathon

The Sahara Marathon is an international sport event to demonstrate solidarity with the Saharawi people and this year celebrates its twelfth edition.

It’s organized by the Secretary of State for Sport, Government of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic with the help of volunteers from all over the world. For the promotion and coordination of participants from other countries, the organization also partners with Marie Frison from France, Wolfgang Hoffman from Germany, Oddvar Rosten from Norway and Danielle Smith from England.

The Sahara Marathon, which along with the standard-distance marathon also includes the shorter distances of 21km, 10km, 5km and the children’s race, is aimed at promoting sport activity among Saharawi young men and women and financing and developing humanitarian programs.

But also wants, through sport, raise awareness and sensitize the world about a 35-year-long conflict.
37 years of suffering for a population affected by a conflict that is burying their hopes, generation after generation, in the refugee camps of Tindouf (Algeria), far from their home.37 years during which the international community has not been able to unlock the situation. A race to prevent the Saharawi people from being forgotten.

Practicalities

Aid Stations

A series of water stations will be provided every 3km and four-wheel drive vehicles will follow the course to provide assistance if required. This year you won’t find anymore plastic bottles of water at the water stations, but water tanks (filled with mineral water) with a tap and glasses made of biodegradable material. You can drink and fill your own water bottle or camel bag.

Transport

Participants will be transported to the start of each race.

Sahara Marathon Route Map

Sahara Marathon Route Map

Start:

El Ayoun

El Ayoun, Morocco

Finish:

Smara

P2011, Morocco

Difficulty

extreme

Overview

Marathon 42km – El Ayoun – Auserd – Smara
½ Marathon 21km – Auserd – Smara
10km – Farmacia – Smara
5km – Paco – Smara

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.