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Racing the planet Sahara, October 24th 2009

Categories: Ultrarun

Team good sport
10August 2009

The Sahara Race is a six-day, 250-kilometer foot race. Each individual must also carry his or her own gear, food and clothing in a backpack. The only assistance provided is water (plenty), tents and medical assistance. The average backpack weighs about 20 pounds (9 kilos).

There are six stages ranging from 10 – 50 miles (20 – 80 kilometers) over seven days. The stages are arranged to cover the most spectacular and varied part of the Sahara. Each stage consists of several legs whereby competitors must pass through a checkpoint to collect water and where medical assistance is also available. A typical day will have three or four checkpoints which includes the finish line checkpoint (or campsite).

 

Author: Sissel Smaller

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