Last Updated on April 14, 2022

Desert races and marathons represent the ultimate challenge for runners facing hostile environments and extreme environmental conditions. The most famoust desert race is undoubtedly the Marathon des Sables in the Sahara desert in Morocco, but today it is possible to take part in a desert run in several countries around the world.

Below, a list of upcoming desert runs and ultra marathons:

Desert runners at the Marathon des Sables in 2010

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Desert Marathons Worldwide [2022-2023]

MARATHON DES SABLES – MOROCCO

March 25th, 2022

Ouzarzate (Morocco)

www.marathondessables.com

The Marathon des Sables is a six-day, 251 km desert ultramarathon, which is about the distance of six ordinary marathons. The longest leg is 91 km. This multi-day race takes place every year in southern Morocco, in the Sahara Desert, and is considered the most challenging foot race in the world.



LA PISTE DES OASIS – NAMIBIA

April 12, 2022
Sesriem (Namibia)

www.lapistedesoasis.info

La Piste des Oasis organizes foot races, especially trail stages in several countries of the world. Today, more than 15 countries.

If you are passionate about sports travel, treks, La Piste des Oasis organizes races in several countries of the world, these races are done in 4 stages, about 100km of adventure.



NAMIB RACE

May 1st, 2022
Swakopmund (Namibia)

www.racingtheplanet.com/namibrace

The Namib Race is a 7-day, 250 km / 155 mile footrace that takes place within the oldest desert and the largest dunes in the world. Through the seven days, competitors experience some of the most stunning and iconic desert landscape. The course takes you through amazing desert scenery including wide-open red plains, scattered mountain outcrops, huge expanses of dramatic sand dunes, moon-like landscape, Atlantic waves crashing against the sandy desert shore-line, and a fascinating array of plants and animals.



THE NAMIBIA CROSSING

Sendelingsdrif (Republic of South Africa)

www.wildrun.com/experiences/namibia-crossing

A 200km, five-day foot race from South Africa to Namibia through the ancient arid landscape of the /Ai/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park.
From the crystal fields of Sendelingsdrif in South Africa to the infamous giant boulders of Tatasberg deep in the /Ai/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park; this unparalleled journey then crosses the Orange River into Namibia and the wild lands of the Fish River Canyon. This is the running experience of a lifetime; this is the this is the Namibia Crossing.


ULTRA MIRAGE EL DJERID 50/100K (UMED)

October 1st, 2022
Tozeur (Tunisia)

www.ultramirage.com

The Ultra Mirage© El Djerid (UMED) Race series is the first desert Ultra taking place in the stunning Tunisian Sahara desert. The Event is organised in the Djerid region every first weekend of the month of October. Both 100km and 50km single stage races take runners across a wide diversity of terrains, ranging from soft sand, small dunes, rocks, dried river beds, oasis… Both medical and technical help as well as water supply will be available at each checkpoint. This race is open to all types of athletes, from professional ultra runners to anyone passionate about ultra trails.


JORDAN RUNNING ADVENTURE RACE

October 31st, 2022
Petra (Jordan)
www.jordanrunningadventurerace.com

Unique and incomparable, The Tendao Running Adventure Races are achievableby all. Ultra-runners, adventurers, well-trained runners or evenaccompanying people will live huge emotions. Your only one goal will be tofollow the path, to realize your dreams and discover the most beautiful places of the Earth. Three Races are proposed:

100 km in 3 stages or 60 km in 3 stages (the routes are marked) in semi autonomy. The first (24 km) and third stages (25 km) are common to the 2 races. The second is 51 km for the 100 km race and 11 km for the 60 km race.

185 km non stop with a departure from Petit Petra, a passage in the ancient site of Petra, then a final of more than 100 km in the exceptional Wadi Rum desert!


HALF MARATHON DES SABLES – PERU

December 3rd, 2022
Lima (Peru)

www.halfmarathondessables.com

Spend 7 days out of time in the most beautiful places in the world. 4 days of adventure in the middle of the desert, a route divided into 3 stages, 100 or 120km, to be done by running or walking.

Each HMDS includes a majority of walkers, with an average of 50% women and a 94% finisher rate.


DEATH VALLEY TRAIL MARATHON & HALF MARATHON

December 3rd, 2022
Beatty (USA)
www.raceroster.com/events/2022/55869/2022-death-valley-trail-marathon-and-half-marathon

This scenic wilderness trail run is on a gravel jeep road from Beatty, NV through the picturesque Titus Canyon, finishing in Death Valley (entire run is in Death Valley National Park). The desert is beautiful this time of year with mild temperatures; lows at night between 30 and 40 degrees and highs during the day from the low-60s to mid-70s. This is our most spectacular trail event of the year and well worth the weekend away. Truly, an experience you won’t forget.


GOBI MARCH

June 18th, 2023
Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia)

www.racingtheplanet.com/gobimarch

The Gobi March is a 7-day, 250 km / 155 mile footrace that takes place in the stunning Karakorum region of Central Mongolia. Through the seven days competitors traverse through the vast Mongolian steppes, sand dunes and great rock valleys as they complete the 250-kilometer / 155-mile course. The race goes through the Khar Bukh Balgas Fortress, many stupas and temples, traditional Mongolian ger villages, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre of the Orkhon Valley and finally ends at the Ancient City of Karakorum.


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