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Zagora International Marathon

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Zagora International Desert Marathon

The 7th edition of the extreme Zagora International Marathon is scheduled for Friday, December 31 will be marked by the participation of 1,500 athletes (men and women), including 300 foreigners from more than 17 countries.  This edition is aimed to develop the town of Zagora as a tourist destination for Moroccan and foreign visitors. Zagora is located (186.41 miles / 300 km) from the southern part of Marrakesh, and it is considered the gateway to Moroccan Sahara.

According to Ahansal Lahcen, director of the marathon and a 10 times winner of marathon des sables, this manifestation of global dimension has three aspects: cultural, sports and tourism. The cultural component is to advance the rich and unique Moroccan culture of Zagora region and Southern Morocco, the music, and the art of the Draa Valley. The sports section is set to  identify young Moroccan talent in  the area. According Ahansal, the objective of the course is to enable young people to express themselves on the track by measuring with foreign athletes.
 
The tourism aspect is to showcase Zagora internationally. Several TV stations will travel to the region to make documentaries. Like other Moroccan desert marathons, Zagora marathon (26.21 miles / 42.19 km) is open to amateurs and professionals athletes. The main feature of this marathon is its course, an attractive and varied route through the city and its palm groves, and astonishing views of Jebel Zagora and the Draa Valley.
Unlike a traditional marathon run on flat terrains, the route of extreme Zagora marathon alternates all types of terrain encountered in the region. Competitors must run across the tracks, sand dunes, stony roads, rocky and sandy paths, paved and unpaved roads and some mountains challenges before an arrival back to the city of Zagora.
 
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