Half Marathon Des Sables Fuerteventura


The 2023 edition of the HMDS Fuerteventura has been cancelled.
Don’t hesitate to contact the organization at contact@halfmarathondessables.com for more information.

The concept

The concept

The HMDS Fuerteventura combines adventure and hotel accommodation for an exceptional week!

During the HMDS adventure, you will live 4 days and sleep 3 nights at the rhythm of Fuerteventura desert.

The day before the start and the 3 nights after the race, you will be accommodated in the hotel Playitas.

Registration for the HMDS Fuerteventura 2023 will open on October, 12, 2022.


The program of the adventure

hmds fuerteventura 2023 program


The concept of the HMDS Fuerteventura combines race and hotel accommodation. The offers are different by the hotel accommodation option. Otherwise, during the 4 days of the race, the adventure is the same for everyone.

With each offer, it is included:

  • Bib for the race
  • 4 nights at the hotel (1 before the race, 3 after) 
  • 3 nights at the bivouac in the desert
  • Transfer between the airport and the hotel
  • Gala Dinner
  • Medal and finisher t-shirt

Below is a list of the different offers/accommodation.

When registering, you will have the possibility to give the names of the people with whom you would like to share your accommodation. If you do not give a name, you will be assigned with other participants who speak the same language as you.

Apart Hotel

Playitas Resort

Accommodation type "apart-hotel" for 4/5 people, to be shared with up to 4 other participants.

1 750€ / person*

Hotel for 2

Playitas Resort

Hotel accommodation for 2 people, to be shared with another participant.

2 050€ / person*

Hotel for 3

Playitas Resort

Hotel accommodation for 3 people, to be shared with two other participants.

2 050€ / person*


Playitas Resort

Accommodation in a villa for 4/5 people, with private swimming pool, to be shared with 4 other participants.

2 150€ / person*

Hotel + Companion

Playitas Resort

Join the adventure with a companion who will enjoy the facilities of the Playitas Resort Hotel while you are in the desert. During the race, transfers will be arranged to attend a moment of each HMDS stage/day.

Hotel accommodation for two.

2 750€ / person + companion

A zero risk event

Free Report

In case of doubt as the adventure approaches, you can postpone your participation free of charge to the next edition, up to 30 days before departure, without giving any justification.

We invite you if you are not a finisher

If, in spite of your training and preparation, you don't make it to the end, we invite you on the next edition, on the same offer (excluding plane ticket, material and other options).

Cancellation insurance

In case of cancellation of the event by the organisation, you will be refunded 100% of the amount you paid within 60 days.

A COVID-safe adventure

The organisation of the HALF MARATHON DES SABLES has done its best to ensure that the event takes place in the best possible conditions, and that participants who sign up do not take any risk with adjusted cancellation and postponement conditions.




Simply book your plane ticket to arrive at Fuerteventura airport on Sunday, September 25.
Once there, you will be welcomed by the organization and transfers will be organized to the hotel, which is 45min far from the airport. However, if you prefer to take a taxi to get there faster, this is also possible.

Here is the address of the hotel:

- Playitas Hotel

Las Playitas
City: Tuineje
Department: Las Palmas
Community: Canarias


Sunday: arrival at the hotel, material/medical checks, presentation of the guide with all the information for the week.

Monday: first stage, night at the bivouac

Tuesday: second stage, night at the bivouac

Wednesday: rest day, night at the bivouac

Thursday: third stage, night at the hotel

Friday to Sunday: free nights and days at the hotel

Sunday: return transfers and end of the adventure


If it’s your first HMDS, you probably have a lot of questions. Once you've registered, we'll send you a complete checklist of materials, but here's the most important things to have per person: 

  • Backpack + 2 water bottles 
  • T-shirt + running shorts 
  • Trail shoes + Anti-sand gaiters 
  • Cap and sunglasses 
  • Change: light T-shirt + light shorts / leggings 
  • Jacket for morning and evening 
  • Sleeping bag + mattress 
  • Hygiene products (sunscreen, soap, antiseptic, etc.) 
  • Toilet paper 
  • Food and kitchen utensils (pots and pans, lighter, fire starter cube...) 

You can take a large suitcase with more clothes, which you will leave in your hotel room and return to the hotel after the adventure for the last few days. 

Find more details about equipment


A total of 10 meals will be required as follows:

  • Day 2: lunch, dinner. 
  • Day 3 and 4: breakfast, lunch, dinner. 
  • Day 5: breakfast, lunch. 

The equivalent to 2000KCAL per day is recommended by the organization.


The HALF MARATHON DES SABLES is an event that took place for the first time in 2017 in Fuerteventura. In 2023 the sixth edition will be held in Fuerteventura.

The event is organized by WAA


Here are the prices of the HMDS Fuerteventura 2023:


Accommodation at Playitas Resort:

  • Apart-hotel offer: 1,750€ per person 

  • Hotel for 2 offer: 2,050€ per person 

  • Hotel for 3 offer: 2,050€ per person 

  • Villa offer : 2,150€ per person 

  • Hotel + companion: 2,750€


Cancellation conditions:

  • No cancellation fees until April, 30, 2023
  • From May, 1 2023 to July, 31, 2023 included, 25% of the total registration fee will be retained by the organization in case of cancellation
  • From August, 1, 2023 to August, 24, 2023 included, 50% of the total registration fee will be retained by the organization in case of cancellation
  • After August 24, 2023, no refund is possible, however it will still be possible to postpone according to the conditions detailed below


Conditions for postponing: 

  • Up to August, 24, 2023 included, free postponement to the next edition is possible
  • From August, 25, 2023 to September, 9, 2023 included: 150€ fee for a report
  • From September 10, 2023: no postponement possible


Included in the registration fee:

  • Bib for the race
  • Transfers from the airport to the hotel
  • 4 nights half-board: 1 night before the race + 3 nights after the race
  • Room in case of abandonment
  • Gala Dinner
  • Medal and finisher t-shirt
  • Full refund in case of cancellation of the event by the organization
  • Offer "If you are not a finisher, we invite you next year"
  • Free report offer


During the race, you will be surrounded by the medical and organization teams from the beginning to the end of the stages.

The routes are marked out with small stakes every 50/100 meters, so it is almost impossible to get lost.

You will all be equipped with a GPS beacon with an alarm button, allowing the organization to locate you at any time.

At any time, you can go to the medical tent present at the bivouac.


You can pay by:

  • Credit card
    • 1, 3 or 5 instalments
  • SEPA Credit Transfer in Europe
    • 1 instalment

The number of instalments may vary depending on the date of registration. The registration will be 100% completed once the total amount of the registration fee has been paid.

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