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100km of the Sahara

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Distance: 100km race in five stages.
Location: Sahara Desert, Tunisia
Concept: Race for the Deisero stages.
Bring a backpack with safety equipment.
All meals are included.
Dates: 4th March 2012 - 10th March 2012
Details: Camping with showers, Italian restaurant and physicians.
Service available: Satellite phone, masseuse.
Official Languages: Italian and English
Price: Programme Registration (including flights: €1,890.00 (Approximately £1,655.00*)
Programme Registration (excluding flights: €1,690.00 (Approximately £1,480.00*
Race Registration: €190.00 (Approximately £167.00*)
Agency fee: €60.00 (Approximately £54.00*)
Click Here to register!

*Exchange rate may vary, the figures provided are guidelines only

More Information:

Basic Information

The desert, though full of attraction is certainly an unsuitable environment for running, so you will need to be psychological prepared, and be thoroughly trained.

The organisation's goal is to be able to bring all participants to the finish, although we acknowledge that the 100km distance in 4 days requires a great effort, it is not a walk!

The terrain is difficult and the route is completely off-road with harsh unpredictable weather conditions.

5 stages over 4 days require a good workout for muscle recovery.

Things to consider

  • The route is fully marked to avoid orientation problems
  • The personal baggage is transported by the organisation's vehicles
  • Italian catering for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Dining tents with tables and benches to eat together
  • Unlimited supply of water
  • There is a water tank for showers
  • Foam mattresses in the Berber tents for sleeping on
  • Italian medical assistance team
  • There is a satellite phone service

Recommended materials in camp

  • A large, bulky sleeping bag (during this season nights in the desert are always cold!)
  • A change of comfortable clothes for after the race
  • Shirts
  • A fleece
  • A windproof lighter
  • A towel
  • A Bathing suit and flip flops
  • Four pairs of socks for the race
  • A needle and thread, safety pins
  • A wool cap
  • Underwear
  • Toilet paper and/or wipes
  • Earplugs
  • Eye drops,
  • Compeed patches
  • Vaseline lip therapy with cocoa, sunscreen
  • Any personal medication
  • A flashlight (preferably frontal)
  • Energy drinks, dried fruit, or energy bars
  • Ant-glare sunglasses
  • Motorcycle goggles (for use in a sand storm)


European citizens require a valid passport and any vaccine documentation.

The statutorily requirements to participate in the race, as specified in the regulations, is the medical certificate issued in a sports medicine centre with exercise testing.

If not present, you cannot participate.

Walking does not require any certificate.


It is difficult to make an accurate forecast.

This period should guarantee good conditions, with daytime temperatures above 35 ° degrees and night temperatures between 7 ° and 10 ° degrees but changes also affect the spring and can be checked, these changes can cause desert situations to be much hotter or much colder.

Wind can be another unpredictable problem.

You need to be prepared for everything, it is part of the challenge!


For safety reasons, each runner in the race must carry a backpack containing:

  • A container with the capacity of at least one litre
  • Two energy bars
  • Minerals
  • A survival blanket
  • A whistle
  • A lighter


It is also strongly recommended that you should also include:

  • A cap
  • A pair of sunglasses
  • A high SPF factor sunscreen
  • A knife
  • Compeed patches

The binding material may be verified at any time and the lack of anything will cause a penalty and is considered a breach of the regulations


  • Sunday, 4th March 2011
  • Madrid to Tozeur Flight, travel to the hotel, have dinner and spend the night at the hotel.

  • Monday, 5th March 2011
  • Breakfast at the hotel then travel by bus to Ksar Ghilane (about 300km) for the opening ceremony.
    Lunch at the base camp which will consist of local specialities.
    Scrutineering and delivery of ridges.
    Dinner at the camp, where you will stay overnight.

  • Tuesday, 6th March 2011
  • Breakfast and give personal baggage to the organisation (ZITOWAY) for transport, then attend the stage briefing.
    It is 23km from Ksar Chilane to Camp Biban.
    The restaurant will stay open until the arrival of all participants.
    Overnight accomodation in the Berber camp.

  • Wednesday, 7th March 2011
  • Breakfast and give personal baggage to the organisation for transport, then attend the stage briefing.
    It is 16km from Biban to Bir el Ghif
    Dinner will be served at camp.
    The 7km night test will then begin.

  • Thursday, 8th March 2011
  • Breakfast and give personal baggage to the organisation for transport, then attend the stage briefing.
    It is 42km from Bir el Ghif to Bir Lectaya.
    Lunch is served until all participants arrive.
    Dinner is served in the overnight Berber camp accomodation.

  • Friday, 9th March 2011
  • Breakfast and give personal baggage to the organisation for transport, attend the stage briefing and out onto the fourth and final stage.
    It is 21km from Bir Lectaya to Louz.
    Finishing position in Douz and accommodation at the Hotel Sahara Douz
    Relaxing afternoon, dinner, awards ceremony and party.

  • Saturday, 10th March 2011
  • Breakfast at the hotel and a free morning to visit the oasis of Douz.
    Lunch at the hotel and departure to Tozeur.

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