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UK Gear’s training shoes were originally designed in association with the Royal Army Physical Training Corps (RAPTC). These elite fitness professionals were closely involved in the development and tested our products in some of the most inhospitable conditions on Earth. Only when approved by the Military do we consider our products... Built to survive.

The Marathon des Sables

 desert shot

The Marathon des Sables (MDS) (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.

Required kit

Survival gear

  • Backpack or equivalent (best suited to each participant)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Torch with spare batteries
  • 10 safety pins
  • Compass with 1° or 2° precision
  • Lighter
  • Whistle
  • Knife with metal blade
  • Tropical Disinfectant
  • Anti-Venom pump (insect poison remover)
  • Signalling mirror
  • One aluminium survival sheet

A survival kit will be supplied by the organisation and will include the following:

  • A Distress flare
  • Salt tablets
  • luminous signal stick (non-stop stage)

Next Marathon des Sables: 1 - 12 April 2010

If you decide it is for you, the registration details for runners are on the following links :