The travel

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.
To get to the camps and participate in the race you can join a charter flight from Madrid (Spain) to Tindouf, leaving on the 24/02/2018 (at 15:00, waiting for confirmation) and returning the 3/03/2018 (at 12:00, waiting for confirmation)

Price: 950 Euros with reg. fee included
Kids under 16 pay 750€

The registration fee is the same for both runners and non-runners and includes:
Flight Ticket
Madrid-Tindouf-Madrid
Travel insurance
Algerian visa
Accomodation: participants will be split in to small groups of 4-5 and will be hosted by Saharawi families in their tents. Mattresses, pillows and blankets will be provided but bringing a sleeping bag is strongly recommended.
Food: participants will eat meals with the Saharawi families.
Water: participants will receive mineral water in sealed bottles as required.
Transport: transportation will be provided from Tindouf to the camps and for various site visits.
Race registration: race participation, t-shirt and a medal.
Humanitarian aid: 50€ of contribution to the Sahara Marathon project and to other projects at the camps.
If a participant or a group of participants are interested, he/they can help and directly fund a project at the camps.

Schedule

Although it is not easy to comply with a scheduled programme in the camps, this is the travel plan:

Saturday: upon arrival at the camps participants will be assigned to local families and shown to their tents where they will be able to rest
Sunday: participants will be free to explore the camps and acclimatise. Race registration will take place and a information will be provided.
Monday: SaharaMarathon
Tuesday: celebration of the aniversary of the foundation of the Saharawi Republic
Wednesday: Prize giving ceremony, Children Race and Children Olympic Games
Thursday: visit with a guide of a school, a nursery, a pharmacy dispensary, and at the end a talk about the history of Saharawi people
In the afternoon, visit by bus of the Saharawi History Museum, the women’s workshop at the school February 27, visit to ElAyoun ceramics workshop and medals production.
Friday: visit to the museum of war, and excursion for tea on the sand dunes

The Sahara Marathon organisation and the Saharawi people will try to ensure visitors enjoy their stay at the camps. However, it is important to understand that the event is also about solidarity and, for a week, participants will be living in the same conditions that the Saharawis have endured for 40 years. With this in mind, it is requested that participants visit the camps with an open mind and a flexible attitude.

THE FLIGHT
An Air Algerie aircraft has been chartered to transport the delegation from Madrid to Tindouf, leaving on Saturday 24th February and returning on Saturday 3rd March.
However, in the event that less than 100 participants register to take the chartered flight it may be necessary to revert to scheduled flights requiring a change of aircraft in Algiers.
The schedule won’t be official until AirAlgerie confirmation.
The plane will make a technical stop at Orán or Algier, but normally there’s no need to get out of the plane.

VISA
The visa is collective and we will take care of it. Don’t forget your passport and make sure about the expire date (must be valid for 6 months ahead of the travel date).

THE ACCOMODATION
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 FOOD
The organization will offer a pasta dinner the night before the race, 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.

SHOPS
If you want to buy something you can use Euros (don’t bring big 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.

HYGIENE
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).

LUGGAGE
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
– sunglasses
– sunscreen
– sandals
– shorts
– hat
REGISTRATION
To register send a mail to diego.munoz@proyectosahara.com with the following information:
Name
Address
Telephone number
E-mail
Nationality & Passport number
Date of birth
Intended race (Marathon, 21km, 10km, 5km)

For travel arrangements from specific countries, check in the Contacts page if there’s a SaharaMarathon partner in your country.
Past participants from Italy, Germany, Norway, Sweden, France, China, UK, USA organize groups, promote the race, arrange flights and can answer many of your questions.

 

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