The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - WORLD -

MOROCCO: More than 977 run­ners and walk­ers from around the world are tak­ing part in the 33rd Marathon Des Sables.

The an­nual six-day ul­tra-marathon, the name of which means Marathon of the Sands, is the world’s long­est foot race.

It con­sists of six reg­u­lar marathons across the Sa­hara Desert and is held over six days, with only one rest day.

The com­bined dis­tance is 254km, with the long­est stage 91km.

Par­tic­i­pants can run or walk but they must be com­pletely self-suf­fi­cient, car­ry­ing all their food and sleep­ing gear on their backs.

Pic­tures: AP, AFP

SHIFT­ING SANDS: Com­peti­tors take part in stage 5 off ththe gru­elling uelling 254km Marathon Des Sables in the Sa­hara Desert.

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