Moroccan runner wins 37th Marathon des Sables

Moroccan runner Mohamed El Morabity claimed victory at the 37th edition of Marathon des sables (Sands Marathon). He overcomes his compatriot Aziz Yachou in the last stage of the race, despite temperatures reaching over 40°C.

Marathon des Sables, also known as the toughest footrace on Earth, is a multi-stage ultra-marathon held every year in the Sahara Desert. Participants must run 250km in self-sufficiency, carrying all their food, clothing, and gear for the week-long event.

El Morabity had finished second five times before finally winning the race, but his win was bittersweet as his brother, Rachid El Morabity , was unable to compete for his 10th title due to a three-hour penalty received in the fourth stage.

In the women’s race, Dutch runner Ragna Debats suffered a breakdown on the fourth stage, allowing France’s Maryline Nakache to take the lead and claim her first title.