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