The 2024 Edition of Sahara Marathon is organized under the leadership of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, and in collaboration with the National Sahrawi Women’s Union and other organizations. All interested athletes and individuals in this solidarity sporting event are cordially invited are invited to participate in the this edition of the solidarity race Sahara Marathon 2024, which will take place on Wednesday, February 28, 2024 in the Sahrawi refugee camps.
The available race distances are as follows: the Marathon (42km), the Half Marathon (21km), the 10km and the 5km.
All the races will be carried out in a single route between Aaiun, Auserd and Smara camps, which is the final destination of the different categories.
Requirements for the competition:
The Sahara Marathon Race is a sporting event with a solidarity character, with the main objective of raising awareness at the international level about the social and political situation of the Saharawi people.
Scheduled for the charter flight:
There will be charter flight for the participants departing from Madrid airport departing 24/02/2024 and returning 02/03/2024
The exact times for charter flight are to be confirmed with Air Algerie.
It is important to note that you must have a valid passport with a minimum of 6 months.
The Luggage allowance is 15Kg per person
Costs of participation:
The cost is 850 euros, which covers the following:
– The round-trip ticket
– Visa fees (the participant must send only his/her passport information, organization will process the visa)
– Transportation throughout the week in the different cultural activities
– Accommodation with host families
– Donation for Sports project for the benefit of young people in the camps
– Registration fee
Important note: for participants from previous years who would like to stay with the same Sahrawi host families, you must send the name of the family and their address.
The organizers recommend for interested participants to make their registrations as soon as possible, so as to enable the organizers to know the exact number of participants for reasons of flight capacity.
It also important to note that that registrations will not be valid until the payment for the fee has been completed via bank transfer, which the organizers will communicate to you as soon as possible.
The deadline for registration is February 10, 2024.
Responsibilities of the participants:
By submitting their registration , the participants accept the solidarity spirit of this race, which is organized in refugee camps, and declare that they are physically fit to run the race.
The organizer of the race, as has been the practice every year, work with different organizations and institutions and local volunteers, in order to guarantee its success and create the necessary conditions such as:
– Food and water stations
– Posts and controls along the race route
– Medical Service, first aid services are provided during the race course
– Security, the organizers in collaboration with the Saharawi authorities, throughout the week work to guarantee the safety and well-being of all participants, not only on the day of the race, but also throughout all organized visits and activities
Rules of the SaharaMarathon
The Sahara Marathon is organized by a group of volunteers from different countries and takes place every year in the Sahrawi refugee camps at the end of February, with the collaboration of the Sahrawi authorities.
2- Definition of the competition:
It is a solidarity race open to all professional athletes and individuals whose only interest is to undertake this adventure and live through this fascinating experience.
3- General conditions:
The Sahara Marathon takes place in refugee camps, taking into account the limitation of resources, which all participants commit to accepting by the mere fact of their registration.
4- Travel program:
Both the scheduled day to run the race and the program of visits during our stay in the camps may change due to weather conditions, strong winds, or siroccos. In this case, the organization, with local authorities, reserves the right to modify: the place, date, and route of the race, both start and finish, in the event of severe weather conditions etc.
Registering implies acceptance of the travel conditions.
Travel insurance only covers the charter flight journey from Madrid to Tindouf and back, and our stay in the camps.
Refunds, in case of cancellation by any participant, cannot be made once the organization has transferred the money to the travel agency for charter flight booking. That is, 10 days before the scheduled flight departure date. From this date, only refunds for registration, accommodation, meals, and transportation can be made.
Flight schedules, both departure and return, from Madrid to Tindouf, are confirmed by the airline two weeks before the scheduled flight departure date.