Marathon Des Sables 2023

5:00pm 21 Apr - 8:00pm 01 May, 2023
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Southern Moroccan Sahara, Morocco

37th Edition of Marathon des Sables returns in 2023 for the Ultimate Desert Race

This desert race is perhaps one of the most grueling ultramarathons of all time. Runners have to endure the extreme weather conditions of the Sahara Desert on a six-day 250-km run while going through sand dunes and elevations

The MDS starts at the Merzouga Desert in Morocco.

Things to do in Merzouga

Experience being buried in the Merzouga Sand dunes neck deep in what locals believe to have healing and medicinal properties.

Ride a camel in the Merzouga Desert.

Visit the Gallery Laoun.

Go camping and hiking in the desert.

See the beauty of Marruecos in a 4×4 off-road ride.

Where to stay 

Some of the exotic hotels in the Merzouga village include Riad Nezha, Auberge Les Roches, Ksar Bicha, Auber Takojt, Kasbah Le, The Doors of the Desert, and Kasbah Ksar Merzouga.

How to get to Merzouga

The best way to get around is to board a bus from Marrakech to Merzouga. There is also car hire available in Marrakech which most tourists prefer because it is more convenient and comfortable in the heat.

This race is for those who love extreme running. It will certainly test your speed, endurance, heat tolerance and thirst tolerance.

For more information head to the Ultimate Guide to Marathon Des Sables.

Do you want to know more about running ultras?

Edward Chapman, the Trailrunningman has completed over 200 marathons and ultra-marathons including this race. His biggest achievement is completing the Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon, a 250km desert race 12 times!

Rad Season Founder Oli Russell-Cowan chats to him about some of his best stories and his love for trail running, his training and nutrition.

Marathon des Sables 2023 Dates

The 36th MDS takes place from April 21 – May 1, 2023. 

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Morocco Travel Tips:

Plan ahead: Book your perfect trip with our Morocco travel guide and destination information. Does Morocco require a visa? Check the visa requirements before you get caught up during your travel.

Stay safe: Even the best-laid plans can head south. SafetyWing travel medical insurance can help you stay safe and cover you in unlikely situations as well as that epic road trip or on your next adventure. How to stay safe during Marathon Des Sables 2023? If you’re not covered for your trip yet, get your quote here.

Spend money wisely: Take public transport and dine in from time to time are common saving tips during traveling. How to spend money wisely in Morocco? Make use of technology. There’s an app for everything.

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