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The 2025 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 2025, which will take place on Tuesday, February 25, 2025 in the Sahrawi refugee camps.

Race Categories:

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 22/02/2025 and returning 01/03/2025

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

All the information on this page refers to the 2024 event. We’ll publish 2025 information as soon as travel details will be defined.

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
– Food
– Donation for Sports project for the benefit of young people in the camps
– Registration fee
– T-shirts


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

1- Organization:
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.