The Sahara Desert is the largest non-polar desert in the world. It is also
the hottest desert in the world.
During the event, competitors cross through The Valley of the Whales -- an ancient shallow sea used
to cover this area, and competitors pass fossils that are believed to be whales with legs that died 40 million years ago.
The Sahara Race 2014 course will finish at the Pyramids of Giza which
were built for kings and queens in Ancient Egypt. It is estimated that it took 20,000 to 30,000 workers more than 80 years to complete The
The terrain will be largely sand. There will be a mixture of hard-packed sand, soft
sand and sand dunes.
Temperatures on the course could reach as high as 50°C / 122°F.
The fastest finish time on any Sahara Race course is held by Dan Parr of the
United Kingdom, with an overall time of 25 hours and 13 minutes, in 2011.
The fastest women’s finish on any Sahara Race course is held by Anne-Marie Flammersfeld of Germany, with an overall time of 30 hours and 48 minutes, in 2012.
Approximately 20% of competitors run the entire course, 60% combine running with walking, and 20% walk the entire course. The fastest completion
time is expected to be around 25 hours and the slowest around 70 hours.
The Sahara Race is a self-supported race; competitors must carry everything they need for seven days on their backs. The average backpack weighs 9
kilograms / 20 pounds.