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April 8, 2010
Marathon Des Sables, the sand marathon
The Marathon des Sables (Marathon of the Sands) is a six-day, 254 km (156 mile) ultramarathon, which is the equivalent to six regular marathons. The longest single stage (2009) is 91 km (55 miles) long. This multiday race is held every year in the southern Moroccan desert. It is considered the toughest foot race on Earth. The first event of the Marathon started in 1986. Competitors must carry all personal belongings and food for the entire event in their backpack. Water and tents are supplied by the organizers. Source: Wikipedia
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Some of the 1013 competitors compete in the 25th edition of the gruelling 150-mile Marathon des Sables in Irhs Valley, some 186 miles from Ouarzazate in Morocco on April 4. The race includes a full marathon on one day, and a 55-mile stage, as well as others of varying length and terrain during seven days. Competitors must carry all their equipment on their backs. Only a carefully rationed nine litres of water and open-sided local tents are provided daily by the organizers. Competitors come from 43 nations and range in age from 16 to 73. AFP / Getty Images / Pierre Verdy


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Competitors run on April 6, during the third stage of the 25th edition of the gruelling 150-mile Marathon des Sables, Jebel El Otfal to Taourirt Mouchanne, south of Ouarzazate in Morocco. AFP / Getty Images / Pierre Verdy



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Competitors run the third stage of the 25th edition of the gruelling 150-mile Marathon des Sables, Jebel El Otfal to Taourirt Mouchanne, south of Ouarzazate in Morocco. AFP / Getty Images / Pierre Verdy



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Competitors run on April 6, during the third stage of the 25th edition of the gruelling 150-mile Marathon des Sables, Jebel El Otfal to Taourirt Mouchanne, south of Ouarzazate in Morocco. AFP / Getty Images / Pierre Verdy



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Competitors run the third stage of the 25th edition of the gruelling 150-mile Marathon des Sables, Jebel El Otfal to Taourirt Mouchanne, south of Ouarzazate in Morocco. AFP / Getty Images / Pierre Verdy



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A local approaches competitors on April 6, during the third stage of the 25th edition of the gruelling 150-mile Marathon des Sables, Jebel El Otfal to Taourirt Mouchanne, south of Ouarzazate in Morocco. AFP / Getty Images / Pierre Verdy



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A competitors runs on April 6, during the third stage of the 25th edition of the gruelling 150-mile Marathon des Sables, Jebel El Otfal to Taourirt Mouchanne, south of Ouarzazate in Morocco. AFP / Getty Images / Pierre Verdy



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Competitors walk through a sand valley on April 7, during the two-day, 50-mile stage of the 25th edition of the 150-mile Marathon des Sables (Sand Marathon), some 186 miles south of Ouarzazate in Morocco. AFP / Getty Images / Pierre Verdy



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Marocan competitor Mohamad Ahansal, winner of the last edition, runs through the oasis El Maharch oasis on April 7, during the two-day, 50-mile stage of the 25th edition of the 150-mile Marathon des Sables (Sand Marathon), some 186 miles south of Ouarzazate in Morocco. AFP / Getty Images / Pierre Verdy



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Competitors walk through the El Maharch oasis on April 7, 2010 during the two-day, 50-mile stage of the 25th edition of the 150-mile Marathon des Sables (Sand Marathon), some 186 miles south of Ouarzazate in Morocco. AFP / Getty Images / Pierre Verdy



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A competitor climbs the El Otfal djebel on april 5, during the second stage of the 25rd edition of the gruelling 150-mile Marathon des Sables, some 300 Kilometers south of Ouarzazate in Morocco. AFP / Getty Images / Pierre Verdy



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Competitors climb the El Otfal djebel on April 5, during the second stage of the 25rd edition of the gruelling 150-mile Marathon des Sables in Morocco.AFP / Getty Images / Pierre Verdy



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US competitor Michael Wardian walks on the El Otfal djebel crest, on april 5, during the second stage of the 25rd edition of the gruelling 150-mile Marathon des Sables, some 186 miles south of Ouarzazate in Morocco. AFP / Getty Images / Pierre Verdy



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Competitors walk through a dried lake on April 7, 2010 during the two-day, 50-mile stage of the 25th edition of the 150-mile Marathon des Sables (Sand Marathon), some 186 miles south of Ouarzazate in Morocco. AFP / Getty Images / Pierre Verdy



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Competitors walk through a valley down the djebel Zireg on April 7, during the two-day, 50-mile stage of the 25th edition of the 150-mile Marathon des Sables (Sand Marathon), some 186 miles south of Ouarzazate in Morocco. AFP / Getty Images / Pierre Verdy



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A competitor freshens up at a cheking point in a dried lake on April 7, during the two-day, 50-mile stage of the 25th edition of the 150-mile Marathon des Sables (Sand Marathon), some 186 miles south of Ouarzazate in Morocco. AFP / Getty Images / Pierre Verdy



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Competitors walk through a Valley down the djebel Zireg on April 7, during the two-day, 50-mile stage of the 25th edition of the 150-mile Marathon des Sables (Sand Marathon), some 186 miles south of Ouarzazate in Morocco. AFP / Getty Images / Pierre Verdy



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Competitors walk through a sandy valley on April 7, during the two-day, 50-mile stage of the 25th edition of the 150-mile Marathon des Sables (Sand Marathon), some 186 miles south of Ouarzazate in Morocco.AFP / Getty Images / Pierre Verdy



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A competitor runs through a sandy valley on April 7, during the two-day, 50-mile stage of the 25th edition of the 150-mile Marathon des Sables (Sand Marathon), some 186 miles south of Ouarzazate in Morocco. AFP / Getty Images / Pierre Verdy



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A competitor freshens his body at a fountain in the El Maharch oasis on April 7, during the two-day, 50-mile stage of the 25th edition of the 150-mile Marathon des Sables (Sand Marathon), some 186 miles south of Ouarzazate in Morocco. AFP / Getty Images / Pierre Verdy



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A competitor walks in front of a camel skeleton on April 5, during the second stage of the 25rd edition of the gruelling 150-mile Marathon des Sables, some 186 miles, South of Ouarzazate in Morocco. AFP / Getty Images / Pierre Verdy



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A young resident greets one of the 1013 competitors as he competes during the 25rd edition of the gruelling 150-mile Marathon des Sables in Irhs Valley on April 4. AFP / Getty Images / Pierre Verdy



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Some of the 1013 competitors compete just at the beginning of the 25rd edition of the gruelling 150-mile Marathon des Sables in Irhs Valley on April 4. AFP / Getty Images / Pierre Verdy



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A competitor jumps down a dune on april 5, during the second stage of the 25rd edition of the gruelling 150-mile Marathon des Sables, some 186 miles south of Ouarzazate in Morocco. AFP / Getty Images / Pierre Verdy



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A competitor go through an erg on April 5, during the second stage of the 25rd edition of the gruelling 150-mile Marathon des Sables. AFP / Getty Images / Pierre Verdy



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A competitor go through an erg on April 5, during the second stage of the 25rd edition of the gruelling 150-mile Marathon des Sables. AFP / Getty Images / Pierre Verdy



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