The Half Marathon Des Sables unites participants from around the world, from November 30-December 6. The race spans 120 kilometers divided into 3 phases.
The Half Marathon Des Sables will return to Ica for the second time in a row. The race consists of 5 days in which participants will race through the desert in an adventure in food self-sufficiency. Each competitor brings their provisions for the race while the organizers take care of the water supply. Participants sleep in bivouacs each night.
The race is broken down into three stages: 30k run on day 1, 65k on day 2, day 3 is a rest day, and 25k on the fourth day. At the end, the participants will be rewarded with a beachfront awards ceremony.
The event is co-organized by Prom Peru, entity dependent of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism. 500 participants are expected from 45 countries.
This year the organizers have added a new category. Participants can compete as either runners or hikers, which is destined for those whose aim is to live the experience and not compete at a high level.
The Des Sables (full) Marathon dates back to 1986, when the first race took place in the Moroccan Sahara desert. Designed by Patrick Bauer, a french concert promoter, there are now two half versions: one in Peru and the other in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands.
Inscriptions are still open. View the event video below, and to take part in the experience, visit the event’s website.