Last week was one of the toughest marathons in the world -
"Sandy Marathon» (Marathon des Sables). This year's race took place in the
26 th time and it was attended by 844 marathon runners. The race for 250
miles is traditionally held in the Moroccan Sahara.
To get to the
finish line, participants need to overcome the 254 miles under the
scorching sun of African deserts. In the entire history of the marathon
age of participants ranged from 14 to 76 years. It was attended by
athletes, the Olympians and former gold medalists, scientists, polar
researchers, students, housewives and yoga.
Part in the marathon is 2,600 U.S. dollars, and the
grand prize is about 4500 dollars. By and large, the prize money is not so
valuable, because the participation is necessary to pay the registration
fee, which amount to the cost of air travel may well be comparable to that