Wednesday February 27th, 2019
The Sahara Marathon is an international sport event to demonstrate solidarity with the Saharawi people. Its first edition was in 2001. It’s organized by the Secretary of State for Sport, Government of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic with the help of volunteers from all over the world. For the promotion and coordination of participants from other countries, the organization also partners with Marie Frison from France, Wolfgang Hofman from Germany, Oddvar Rosten from Norway and Danielle Smith from England.
The Sahara Marathon, which along with the standard-distance marathon also includes the shorter distances of 21km, 10km, 5km and the children’s race, is aimed at promoting sport activity among Saharawi young men and women and financing and developing humanitarian programs. But also wants, through sport, raise awareness and sensitize the world about a 35-year-long conflict.
37 years of suffering for a population affected by a conflict that is burying their hopes, generation after generation, in the refugee camps of Tindouf (Algeria), far from their home. 37 years during which the international community has not been able to unlock the situation.
A race to prevent the Saharawi people from being forgotten.
18 years of SaharaMarathon, and 42 years of exile for the Saharawi people.
The 2018 edition of SaharaMarathon revolves around a number we all know: 42. The kilometers you need to run to complete a marathon, but also the number of years that the Saharawi spent away from their home, in this inhospitable desert. So we would like this edition to be about history, most of all, following the very good response we had last year with the guided walking tours in Smara organized by our young saharawi collaborators.
We’ll try to improve even more your experience, but we know that we can’t beat the most beautiful one, the life with a saharawi family, enjoying the tea and the company in their home, in the slow saharawi time.