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The Marathon des Sables, dubbed ‘the toughest footrace on earth', covers approximately 150 miles over six days. That's the equivalent of five and a half marathons in extreme conditions (think dunes, 120°F temperatures, sand storms) whilst carrying everything you need for the entire race on your back!
The desert race takes place in March/April (final dates to be confirmed) in the Moroccan Sahara, where midday temperatures can rise to 120°F. The terrain is uneven, rocky, stony ground, and 15-20% of the distance is over sand dunes.
Please note: the dates mentioned (4 April - 15 April 2013) are just an indication - the exact dates for the 2013 event will not be finalised until mid-2012.
The Mencap Marathon des Sables team
Mencap has secured some of the limited places available for the Marathon des Sables 2013. As part of Mencap's extreme team you'll receive:
- fundraising support
- training support
- the benefit of being part of a team and invites for Mencap's extreme team get togethers
- team top/vest before the race
- other free or discounted health and fitness services and products
- 40% refund policy - if you have secured your own place, we can help you cover your costs (read our FAQs for details).
How to take part
Mencap's Marathon des Sables 2013 team is now full. If you would like to join the waiting list, or apply for the 2014 team, please fill out the online application form and we'll be in touch with more information.
If you have secured your own place on the Marathon des Sables, or any other extreme race, we would be delighted to welcome you to our team. For more information find out about your next challenge.
Find out more
If you would like more information about this event, please contact:
Mencap's events team
Telephone: 020 7696 6946