Join Marathon des Sables champions, Rachid El Morabity, Elisabet Barnes and the Ultra Mirage© El Djerid 2017 champion, Mohamed El Morabity for the ultimate 100km desert experience. Soft sand, rocks, small dunes, dried river beds, oasis and a multitude of soft-sand, Ultra Mirage© El Djerid is a single-stage race to test the minds and legs of runners who are looking for a new adventure.
The Ultra Mirage© El Djerid (UMED) is the first 100km Ultra Trail taking place in the stunning Tunisian Sahara Desert. A 20-hour time limit, five checkpoints, medical and technical help to ensure safety, the UMED is open to all runners. Importantly for the fleet of foot, prize money is available totaling 10.000 euros split equally between the male and female fields.
Rachid running at the 2017 MDS Peru which he won.
Tunisia and in particular the area of the Djerid was the background of famous movies including Star Wars and the English Patient just to name a few. The diversity and the beauty of the Djerid makes it a major attraction for tourists from all around the world. Tozeur is the main city of this area, it is very well known for its stunning surroundings with a mixture of Rocky Mountains, valleys, salt lakes and desert dunes and most of all for the generosity of its people.
Elisabet Barnes at the 2017 Marathon des Sables.
“Ultra Mirage© El Djerid 100K’s first edition was full of emotions! It was one of those moments where total strangers gather in a single event to release the best humanity has to offer: friendship, kindness, camaraderie, sport, courage, endurance, perseverance, love, compassion, respect, just to name a few, and all of that in the most amazing surrounding of the Sahara Desert! For 2018, we are looking to build on that outstanding success, organizing a race which will be bigger on all fronts, from the number of runners which should top 300, to a more diverse path and scenery! Hope to see you at the starting line on the 29th of September 2018!!” – Amir Ben Gacem, Race Director.
The race will take place on September 29th 2018, and a special package price has been arranged for 350 euro:
- Domestic flights from Tunis
- Ground transport
- 2 nights’ accommodation in a 4* hotel
- Race entry
- Race Shirt, cap, bag, medal and certificate
It’s an incredible package at a stunning price. Runners expected to fly into Tunis Carthage Airport (connected to all major European cities) at their own cost. Departure will be on Friday 28th September from Tunis to Tozeur international airport. Return on Sunday 30th September late afternoon.
Friday 28th September
16:00 Meeting at Tunis-Carthage Airport
17:30 Departure to Tozeur
18:40 Arrival at Tozeur-Nefta Airport
18:45 Transfer to Hotel
19:00 Check-in / Dinner / Race Briefing
Saturday 29th September
05:00 Breakfast opens
05:45 Departure to start line by bus
06:00 Last bus departs
06:30 Arrival at start line / Ultra Mirage village
07:00 Race starts
Shuttle buses will assure runners transfer from Ultra Mirage village to hotel every hour.
Sunday 30th September
03:00 Race finish
06:00 Breakfast opens
11:00 Closing ceremony
14:00 Transfer to Tozeur-Nefta Airport
16:00 Departure to Tunis
17:10 Arrival at Tunis-Carthage Airport
WIN A FREE PLACE
In conjunction with Amir Ben Gacem and Ultra Mirage© El Djerid we are offering readers of this website and listeners to Talk Ultra podcast the opportunity to win a 350-euro package place.
The winner will need to cover return costs to Tunis.
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Race Information and entry
Race website HERE
Enter the race HERE
Facebook page HERE