2024 Registration open
The MDS and HMDS organizations are merging to become one big family: the MARATHON DES SABLES’ family.
In 2024, the events will adopt new denominations. The MARATHON DES SABLES Morocco, which celebrates its 38th edition in 2024, will become "MARATHON DES SABLES, The Legendary". The HMDS editions will become "MARATHON DES SABLES", including in 2024, the MARATHON DES SABLES Namibia, Cappadocia, Fuerteventura, Morocco, Jordan, Egypt, and Peru.
Live a week out of time. 4 days of adventure in the desert, different formats (120, 100 or 70km in 3 stages), to be completed by walking or running.
Discover the world's most beautiful deserts in Namibia, Cappadocia, Fuerteventura, Morocco, Jordan, Egypt and Peru.
*Some destinations are still work in progress, and pending permits and government authorizations.
The HMDS is a one-week sporting adventure that combines the discovery of the country, meeting new people and surpassing yourself.
The program: after spending 1 or 2 nights in a hotel, you will go to the desert for 4 days of walking/running and 3 or 4 nights in bivouac.
Once the race is over, we will return to the hotel to celebrate together and spend some time relaxing, or to discover the country depending on the destination.
The HMDS exists in different formats: 70, 100 or 120km - spread over 3 stages, as follows:
- Stage 1 : 25km
- Stage 2 : 20, 40 or 60km
- Rest day
- Stage 3: 25km
The difference between the formats is in step 2, where, depending on your form, you can choose between 3 distances.
HMDS is designed to be accessible to everyone. Whether you're a runner or a walker, you'll find what you're looking for at HMDS:
- Possibility to run or walk any distance
- Wide time barriers: Minimum speed allowed 3,5km/h
- Average pace in HMDS: 5,5km/h
- 52% women
- Average age: 42 years old
- 98% of finishers
The HMDS can be done at your own pace: whether you sign up for the rankings or want to enjoy the adventure while walking, it's possible.
The HMDS is the only race in the world to offer a guarantee for non-finishers.
If you don't manage to get your finisher's medal at the end of the 3 stages of the HMDS, you will be invited for free on the same edition, the following year.
We know that small problems can occur during the adventure and if you are concerned, we want to offer you a second chance.
And because we believe in you: on average, 99% of the HMDS participants become finishers!
During the HMDS adventure, you will spend your nights in the heart of the desert, on the HMDS bivouac.
Organised in groups of 6 tents, the HMDS bivouac is the place where you will eat, rest and, above all, exchange and share with the other participants.
The organisation will provide you with an individual tent.
As the HMDS is self-sufficient in food, you will have to bring and carry your own food for the 4 days of the adventure.
It's up to you to choose between freeze-dried meals, salty snacks, compotes, soups, cereal bars, gels or other energy sources.
The water supply is entirely managed by the organization, in order to provide for all needs during the 4 days.
You will need to bring a backpack, technical running gear, light clothing for the mornings and evenings at the bivouac, as well as night, hygiene and cooking equipment.