The Marathon des Sables is hailed as the toughest footrace in the world. To compete, not only do you need to be fit, you need extreme mental strength .
The MDS covers 243km (151 miles) over 6 days; with the stages split to approximately 25km, 34km, 38km, 82km 42km and 22km. Competitors are required to carry everything they need for the duration of the event (apart from a tent) and water is rationed throughout the various stages. If that doesn’t sound so bad; the final detail is that the event is staged across the Sahara Desert in Morocco!
Competitors are completely self-sustained and will have to endure temperatures of up to 120⁰F, run over uneven rocky and stony ground and battle with sand dunes for 15 – 20% of the distance. The heat, distance and rubbing is likely to trash your feet. Dehydration is a serious threat throughout the duration of the race. Physical fitness is a fundamental requirement but mental stamina probably constitutes atleast 50% of whether competitors complete or not. The fourth day of the race really epitomizes what this event is all about: 45 – 50 miles across the barren wilderness with a 42km marathon distance the very next day. This really is the toughest footrace on earth!
….And I’m competing!!
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I’ll be attempting to complete the Marathon des Sables in March / April 2011 to raise £7k for Hope for Children. Do something amazing…
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