Half Marathon Des Sables HMDS Morocco

HMDS MOROCCO

IN THE HEART OF THE SAHARA

October 15 - October 22 2022

THE CONCEPT

THE CONCEPT

After Jordan, Fuerteventura and Peru, in October 2022, the HMDS teams will take you to one of the most mythical deserts in the world: the Sahara.

Direction Morocco for a week out of time, in the footsteps of the legendary MARATHON DES SABLES. Breathtaking landscapes, which will transport you during an exceptional adventure.

On the program: 3 stages to be done at your own pace, walking or running. You will sleep 4 nights in the heart of the Sahara, as well as 3 nights in a hotel located in the Province of Ouarzazate, at the edge of the desert (1 night before, 2 nights after the race).

You will also discover the Ksar of Aït-Ben-Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Registration for the HMDS Morocco 2022 are now close. To join the waiting list, please fill out the online form by clicking here.

This first edition is limited to a maximum of 300 participants.

Discover what to expect

Distances

Distances

On this HMDS Morocco edition, you will have the possibility to choose between 3 different distances: 70, 100 or 120km, divided into 3 stages.

Here is the breakdown:

  • Stage 1: around 25 to 30km
  • Stage 2: around 20, 40 or 60km
  • Stage 3: around 25 to 30km

The stages of the HMDS can be completed at your own pace: walking or running.

More info on the distances and format here.

ON THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE MARATHON DES SABLES

The program of the adventure

HMDS Morocco Program

On the footsteps of the MARATHON DES SABLES

On the footsteps of the MARATHON DES SABLES

The HMDS Morocco is an amazing opportunity to discover the Sahara from the inside, playground of the legendary MARATHON DES SABLES.

With a total of 36 editions, the MDS fascinates many adventure and long-distance lovers.

The HMDS Morocco, it’is 70, 100 or 120km in exceptional landscapes, a total immersion in the Sahara desert, meetings and emotion, for an unforgettable adventure.

And, for those who, one day, plan to embark on the MARATHON DES SABLES adventure, it is also the perfect opportunity to train and test yourself in real conditions.

FIRST EDITION OFFERS

FIRST EDITION OFFERS

HMDS Morocco: 1 950€

Special price for 2022 – 1st edition: 1 750€

Special HMDS finisher price: 1 650€

For this 1st edition of the HMDS Morocco, we have set up special offers to thank you for your trust and because you will become one of the pioneers of this new destination.

Only 300 people will be able to participate, including:

  • 150 former HMDS finishers
  • 150 new participants

The offers

What is included in the offer:

  • Transfers between Marrakech airport, the hotel and the desert
  • 3 nights in a double room in a hotel in the region of Ouarzazate at the edge of the Sahara (1 before the race, 2 after)
  • Bib for the adventure
  • 4 nights on the HMDS bivouac, in an individual tent
  • Medal and finisher t-shirt
  • Discovery of the Ksar of Aït-ben-Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Gala dinner

The HMDS finisher offer

Limited to 150 former finishers

Offer including the bib for the HMDS adventure, 4 nights in the bivouac and 3 nights in a hotel.

1 950€/person

CLOSE

The 1st edition offer

Offer limited to 150 participants

Offer including the bib for the HMDS adventure, 4 nights the bivouac and 3 nights in hotel.

1 950€/person

CLOSE

THE ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME

Join the adventure serenely

The organisation of the HMDS does its best to ensure that the event takes place in the best conditions, and that participants who register don’t take any risk with adjusted cancellation and postponement conditions.

Free postponement

In case of doubt as the adventure approaches, you can postpone your participation free of charge to the next edition, up to 60 days before departure.

Cancellation conditions

Our registration conditions allow you to cancel free of charge until June, 15, 2022.

Cancellation insurance

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

Details of cancellation and postponement conditions are available in the HMDS Morocco 2022 Regulations and Terms of Sales.

DISCOVER THE ADVENTURE

INFOS MOROCCO 2022

HOW TO GET THERE?

There are 2 options to reach us at HMDS Morocco: Marrakech or Ouarzazate. Indeed, you have either, on the one hand, the airport of Marrakech, hosting many flights at affordable prices from all over Europe, located at 4 hours transfer from Ouarzazate. On the other hand, the airport of Ouarzazate, closer to the hotel but less served.

To simplify the arrival of everyone, we offer you the possibility to arrive at the airport that suits you best. You must arrive on Saturday, October 15th.

If you arrive at Marrakech airport: transfers to Ouarzazate will be organized on Saturday, October 15 (4 hours drive).

If you arrive at the airport of Ouarzazate: the hotel is located less than 10 minutes by cab, you will have to go there by your own means.

WHICH FLIGHTS TO CHOOSE?

If you arrive and leave from Marrakech:

  • Outward trip: You can arrive until 1:00pm on October 15, time of the transfers departure.
  • Transfers to Ouarzazate: Transfers will take place on October 15, departures between 1pm and 4pm approximately from Marrakech.
  • Return trip: Transfers will take place on October 22, at 8am from Ouarzazate.

If you arrive and leave from Ouarzazate:

  • Outward trip: You can arrive whenever you want on Saturday, October 15 (until quite late).
  • Return trip: You can book your flight at any time on October 22.
  • Ouarzazate transfers: The hotel is 10 minutes away from the airport of Ouarzazate. You will have to do the transfer between the airport and the hotel by your own means.

You can extend your stay in Morocco by booking an accommodation in Marrakech after Saturday, October 22.

You can also take an extra night or several nights in Ouarzazate (October 14 and/or 22), if you wish to extend your stay.

If you have any doubts about booking your flight, don’t hesitate to call us (+33 1 47 05 12 06). 

Find our flight recommendations in our Frequently Asked Questions.

It is necessary to take flight tickets with cancellation and modification insurance, considering the restrictions that may be applied by the countries.

PROGRAM OF THE WEEK 

Saturday: Arrival in Morocco, transfers from Marrakech to the hotel in Ouarzazate, technical/medical checks, night in the hotel.

Sunday: End of the technical/medical checks, transfer to the desert, start of self-sufficiency, first night at the bivouac.

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: Day at the hotel, discovery of the Ksar of Aït-ben-Haddou, awards ceremony and gala dinner.

Saturday: Transfers to the airport of Marrakech, end of the HMDS adventure.

WHAT DO I TAKE WITH ME?

If it’s your first HMDS, you probably have a lot of questions. Once you register, we'll send you a full checklist of the material, but here is the principal to have per person:

  • Backpack plus 2 water bottles (type Ultrabag 20L)
  • T-shirt + running shorts
  • Trail shoes + anti-sand gaiters
  • Cap and sunglasses
  • Change: T-shirt + light shorts / leggings
  • Windbreaker jacket for the evening and morning
  • Sleeping bag + mattress for the night
  • Hygiene products (sun cream, soap, antiseptic...)
  • Toilet paper
  • Food and kitchen utensils (cooking utensils, lighter, fire pellets...)

You can bring a large suitcase with more clothes, which you will leave at the hotel and find after the HMDS adventure.

Find more details by clicking here.

MEALS

A total of 12 meals will be required as follows:

  • Day 2: dinner.
  • Day 3, 4 and 5: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
  • Day 6: breakfast, lunch.

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

PRICES

Prices for the HMDS Morocco 2022 are as follows:

  • 1 st edition offer: 1 950€/person 1 750€/person
  • Former HMDS finisher offer: 1 950€/person 1 650€/person

Additional nights: 60€ per night

INCLUDED IN THE OFFER

  • Transfers between the airport, the hotel and the desert
  • 3 nights in a double room in a hotel in the region of Ouarzazate at the edge of the Sahara (1 before the race, 2 after)
  • Bib for the adventure
  • 4 nights on the HMDS bivouac, in an individual tent
  • Medal and finisher t-shirt
  • Discovery of the Ksar of Aït-ben-Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Gala dinner

ULTRA-FLEXIBLE REGISTRATION CONDITIONS

Cancellation conditions:

  • Cancellation is possible without charge until June 15, 2022.
  • From June 16, 2022 to July 15, 2022 included, 25% of the total amount of the registration will be kept by the organization in case of cancellation.
  • From July 16 to August 15, 2022 included, 50% of the total amount of the registration will be kept by the organization in case of cancellation.
  • After August 15, 2022, no refund is possible, however it will still be possible to postpone your registration according to the conditions detailed below.

Postponement conditions:

  • Up to and including August 15, 2022, postponement possible to the next edition free of charge.
  • From August 16, 2022 to September 15, 2022 included: 250€ fee for a postponement.
  • From September 16, 2022: no postponement possible.

DISTANCES

You can choose between 3 different distances: 70, 100 or 120 km, divided into 3 stages.

These distances are given as an indication and are likely to be adjusted according to the type of terrain and the difference in elevation of the routes.

SAFETY

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

The courses are marked with stakes every 50/100m, 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.

A medical tent is present at the bivouac where you can go at any time.

PAYMENT TERMS

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% validated once the total amount of the registration is paid.

ABOUT US

The HALF MARATHON DES SABLES is an event that took place for the first time in 2017 in Fuerteventura, and in 2018 in Peru. In 2022, we introduce 2 new destinations: Morocco and Jordan.

The event is organized by WAA.

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