Ultra Mirage Marathon covers 100 km in Tunisian desert

180 athletes from 26 countries participated in 3rd edition

30 September, 13:31

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, SEPTEMBER 30 - The third edition of the Ultra Mirage Djerid Marathon, a 100-kilometre ultra long-distance desert race, took place September 28 in Tozeur in southern Tunisia.

    Participants were required to complete the race in 20 hours or less, covering a stretch of desert from Ong Jemal, which includes locations that George Lucas used to film Star Wars, to Nefta, crossing oases, plains, and marshes, such as the Chott al-Gharsaa sedimentary basin and intermittent salt lake.

    Rachid El Morabity of Morocco took first place, with a record time of eight hours, 21 minutes, 39 seconds.

    Marco Lombardi, a champion runner from Livorno, came in fourth with a time of 11 hours, 26 minutes, 22 seconds.

    A total of 180 athletes from 26 countries participated, including France, the UK, Italy, Spain, Ukraine, Morocco, Algeria, and Oman.

    Fifteen champion athletes competed, there were 13 foreign teams, and runners were three-fourths men and one-fourth women, 60% Tunisian and 40% foreign overall.

    The Ultra Mirage Djerid Marathon is the only race in Tunisia over 42 kilometres (with five checkpoints) and is one of the most well-known desert races.

    It is part of the Courmayeur Charter for Sustainable Sporting Events, signed September 7 by the City of Courmayeur, the Italian Environmental Ministry, and the autonomous region of Valle d'Aosta. The charter's other participants are the Giro d'Italia, Sila3vette (Calabria), KeepCleanAndRun, and Tor des Géants.


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