Marathon Des Sables: Peru Hosts Worlds Toughest Marathon in Ica


Peru is the first Latin American country where this event has taken place.

Under the scorching desert sun, 350 competitors went through six different stages in a route of 250 kilometers in the Marathon Des Sables (Marathon of the Sands), the most extreme in the world, took place in Ica, Peru.

After dominating the six stages in seven days of competition, the Moroccan Rachid El Morabity and the French Nathalie Mauclair won the marathon in their respective categories, according to the organization.

The Peruvian athlete Aldo Ramírez stood out in the tough competition achieving second place and the French competitor Erik Clavery was in third place. Meanwhile, Peruvian Remigio Huamán was placed in fifth place.

Runners were able to explore a small part of the desert during this marathon.

The director highlighted that the event may again take place in Peru since there are many other places to be explored.

The Marathon des Sables is a race that has been going on for more than three decades in the Sahara desert. The 33rd edition will be in Morocco.

Marathon des Sables is led by Patrick Bauer and Cyril Gauthier, and the event was sponsored by Mincetur, Promperú and supported by the Ministry of Culture.

(Cover Photo Flickr)

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