12th Running February 27, 2012
In addition to the main race, there are shorter options for runners.
Participants will run through and in-between the main camps and across the desert.
The Sahara Marathon is an international sport event to demonstrate solidarity with the Saharawi people and this year celebrates its twelfth edition.
It’s organized by the Secretary of State for Sport, Government of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic with the help of volunteers from all over the world.
The coordination of the overall development of the event is run by two organizations of solidarity, the Association of El Ouali Bologna (Italy) and the Sahara Project Association of Madrid (Spain).
For the promotion and coordination of participants from other countries, the organization also partners with Marie Frison from France, Wolfgang Hoffman from Germany, Oddvar Rosten from Norway and Danielle Smith from England.
The Sahara Marathon, which along with the standard-distance marathon also includes the shorter distances of 21km, 10km, 5km and the children’s race, is aimed at promoting sport activity among Saharawi young men and women and financing and developing humanitarian programs.
But also wants, through sport, raise awareness and sensitize the world about a 35-year-long conflict.
37 years of suffering for a population affected by a conflict that is burying their hopes, generation after generation, in the refugee camps of Tindouf (Algeria), far from their home.
37 years during which the international community has not been able to unlock the situation.
A race to prevent the Saharawi people from being forgotten.