The Saharawi refugee camps are located about one hour bus/truck journey from the city of Tindouf, in the South-west of Algeria, close to the Moroccan and Mauritanian borders.
All participants will be split in to small groups of 4-5 and will be hosted by Saharawi families in their tents. You can ask to join a particular group or create one, otherwia you’ll be assigned randomly.
All families will receive economical aid and supplies from the organization, and since for the saharawi hospitality is very important they’ll do their best to make you feel part of the family.
If you want you can bring small gifts to the family, possibly sharing the gifts amongs neighborood families and kids to help more people. We suggest small toys for the kids, flashlights, pens and colored pencils, utility tools…
The organization will offer a breakfast and a pocket lunch the day of the race. All other meals will take place with the respective saharawi families (lentils, couscous, salads, camel or goat meat, french fries, pasta)
Is very important to drink only the bottled water (we’ll take car of water distribution in each family), that is the same water used for tea that you can drink safely.
If you want to buy something you can use Euros (don’t bring large bills). There are quite a lot of shops where you can buy artisan articles and have a drink. You can also find locutories where you can call home. The best is to bring one of the childs with you so they can understand you better.
We’ll stay in a refugee camps in the middle of the desert, this means that we must forget a daily shower and all the commodities of our WCs.
Outside every house/tent there will be a small building with a wc, and you’ll always have available a basin with water to wash.
The day of the race, if we won’t have problems with water, everyone will have the chance to take a shower in the protocol building (bring your soap and towel).
Besides the normal weight limit of 15 kg per person please note that we bring a lot of material for the project. We ask you to not bring too much luggage.
Temperatures: during the day it is spring temperature (20º-25º) and at night is quite chilly (10º) so it is recommended to bring an anorak or a warm sweater.
You should bring:
– sleeping bag
– toilet paper
Do I have to vaccinate? It is not necessary, just enough care in food and water consumption (bottled only). It’s recommended to schedule a previous medical examination.
What temperature am I going to find? Between 8º and 28º. Fresh nights and spring days. Possibility of some sandstorms.
What will we eat there? Your family will prepare pasta, tortilla, cous cous, lentils or some meat (chicken, goat or camel).
What footwear do I run? The terrain is generally hard and stony with some sand. You can run with trail shoes or leggings, but usually the best are normal training shoes.
Is there a time limit for the race? No, there are people that walk all the way to the finish.
Are there feeding zones in the route? Yes, every 3 kilometers or less there is a place with water, fruit and some energy bar.
Can I change the distance to which I have registered? Yes, until the previous night you can change the distance by communicating it to the organization.
Do we have showers after the race? Yes, but only on the day of the race, in the jaimas you can clean yourself with water from tanks and buckets.
What currency is used there? The official currency is the Algerian dirham, but in most shops euros are accepted (small bills are recommended).
What traditions do they have? A very tolerant and hospitable Muslim society; we will often be invited to the tea ceremony.
In what language do they speak? Their language is Hassania, an Arabic dialect, but in almost every house there is someone who speaks Spanish because they study it in school and because many children have family in Spain or have come on vacation.
Do I bring a gift? It’s a good idea but keeping in mind that it must not be too bulky nor too heavy to carry. Children’s toys, school stationery, candies, flashlights, multi-pronged knives, pens … are all good options.
Download a useful map of the Smara camp
Download a useful Hassania to English/Spanish/Italian vocabulary