Ah, The race I wish I was cool enough to compete in. The Marathon des Sables is a six-day, 150+ mile endurance race across the Sahara Desert in Morocco. It is considered the toughest foot race on Earth and usually takes place at the end of March or the beginning of April.
Here are some key facts about the race:
1. Competitors must carry all personal belongings and food for the entire event in their backpack. Water and tents are supplied by the organizers.
2. During the 1994 race, Italian police officer Mauro Prosperi lost his way during a sand storm and wandered lost for more than 9 days, losing over 13 kg (30 lb) of body weight.
3. It is reported that the total cost to participate is about $5000.
4. As of 2007, two competitors have died during the race.
5. As of 2009, Lahcen Ahansal from Morocco had won 10 titles, and his brother Mohammed Ahansal 3 titles.
7. The 2011, race saw a new winner take the podium in a time of 20 hours, 58 minutes and 19 seconds.
8. The 2011 event used over 6000 painkillers and 150 litres of desinfectant