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The 1st Marathon des Sables through the Ica desert of Peru; photo: Jean-Philippe Ksiazek (AFP)

The first Marathon des Sables in Peru concluded

Winners and amazing photos of the tough long distance running race through the Ica desert


The original Marathon de Sables is held every year in the Sahara Desert in southern Morocco and is known to be the toughest long distance running race in the world. For the first time a replica of the ultramarathon was held in the Ica desert of Peru, one of the driest regions on earth, from November 26 to December 4, 2017.

Divided into 6 stages participating high endurance runners made it through 250 km (155 miles) conquering the scorching heat, soft sand, enormous dunes and sandy plateaus.

And the winners of the Marathon de Sables in Peru are:

In the Men category

  1. Rachid El Morabity (Morocco) with 21:35:55
  2. Aldo Ramirez (Peru) with 23:39:56
  3. Erik Clavery (France) with 23:50:45

In the Women category

  1. Nathalie Mauclair (France) with 25:55:26
  2. Melanie Rousset (France) with 29:29:59
  3. Rocio Carrion (Peru) with 32:17:16

Find below some amazingly beautiful pictures by Jean-Philippe Ksiazek (AFP).


Before the start of this tough ultramarathon a shaman performs traditional ceremonies; photo: Jean-Philippe Ksiazek (AFP)
Divided into 6 stages high endurance runners from across the world have to conquer 250 km through a terrain full of enormous dunes and sandy plateaus of the Ica desert in southern Peru
The beauty of the Ica desert in Peru captured during the Marathon des Sables 2017; photo: Jean-Philippe Ksiazek (AFP)
Two german high endurance runners during the Marathon des Sables in Peru; photo: Jean-Philippe Ksiazek (AFP)
Runners conquering the rough terrain at the Marathon des Sables 2017 in Peru's Ica desert; photo: Jean-Philippe Ksiazek (AFP)
After a long, hard day in the scorching heat runners of the Marathon des Sables 2017 in Peru get a few hours of rest and sleep at the camp; photo: Jean-Philippe Ksiazek (AFP)
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