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The Marathon des Sables is a 6-day endurance race of 243 km equivalant to 5 1/2 marathons. It plays out in the Sahara Desert, southern Morocco, up and down sand dunes, along dried lakes and riverbeds, past ruins, always under the baking sun. Competitors at the Marathon des Sables expierence mid-day temperatures of up to 120°F. They are running or walking on even rocky, stony ground as well as 15-20% of the distance being in sand dunes. In addition to that, competitors have to carry...
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