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October 03 - 07, 2024

La virée d’Ikkiss 26KM / 1400 M D+

Un unforgettable hike in the Haut-Atlas !

The Virée d’Ikkiss covers 26 kms and the vertical gain is 1400 meters.

The race starts in Oukaïmeden at an altitude of 2 620 m, the highest point on the course is at 2 950 m and the lowest at 1 830m.

The Virée d’Ikkiss might be a short race, but it will bring you a maximum of sensations!

26kms of varied terrain. Lush green valleys and dry high-altitude environments, technical paths and smooth trails, the fastest will finish in around 2 hrs and 30 minutes.

Included: airport shuttle, accommodation, dinner, breakfast, and mineral water throughout the stay.

Standard Booking

Standard : Book until July 2024 31st

Shuttles: Turn/return ( Marrakech airport/Oukaïmeden) from Thursday October 2024 3rd – Return Monday October 2024 7th.

Race registration (bib & roadbook).

Accommodation in marabout tents (16m2 / 4 to 5 persons), bring clothes and sleeping bag for low temperatures (0° to – 5 ° C).  Optional with additional charge & according to availability : Dormitory at the CAF chalet. 4 nights 100€ /person (from October 3th to 6th ), Sanitary arrangements (showers, WC).

Dinner – Thursday, Friday, Saturday + Couscous Party Sunday

Breakfast – Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday

Mineral water for the duration of your stay

Race Logistics :

  • Medical assistance
  • Para-medical services (massage)
  • Race supplies : water & food (number & location of aid stations see Technical File)
  • Course markings
  • Base Camp facilities
  • Through Saturday night : Post-race snack (hot soup – sandwiches – hot drinks, etc.)
  • Prize giving: awards for all podium positions Male and Female.

Ancillary activities in Oukaïmeden (conferences, guided visits, etc.)

From 690€

per person

International Group Offer

Standard : Book until July 2024 31st

Shuttles: Turn/return ( Marrakech airport/Oukaïmeden) from Thursday October 2024 3rd – Return Monday October 2024 7th.

Race registration (bib & roadbook).

Accommodation in marabout tents (16m2 / 4 to 5 persons), bring clothes and sleeping bag for low temperatures (0° to – 5 ° C).  Optional with additional charge & according to availability : Dormitory at the CAF chalet. 4 nights 100€ /person (from October 3th to 6th ), Sanitary arrangements (showers, WC).

Dinner – Thursday, Friday, Saturday + Couscous Party Sunday

Breakfast – Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday

Mineral water for the duration of your stay

Race Logistics :

  • Medical assistance
  • Para-medical services (massage)
  • Race supplies : water & food (number & location of aid stations see Technical File)
  • Course markings
  • Base Camp facilities
  • Through Saturday night : Post-race snack (hot soup – sandwiches – hot drinks, etc.)
  • Prize giving: awards for all podium positions Male and Female.

Ancillary activities in Oukaïmeden (conferences, guided visits, etc.)

From 630€

per person

RESIDENT SOLO RUNNER

Book before September 2024, 15th

  • Entry Fee + race logistics + Finisher
  • T-shirt
  • Post-race snack

600 dhs

per person

RESIDENT SOLO RUNNER - PURCHASE ON SITE

Book before 8h00 on October 2024, 6th

  • Entry Fee + race logistics + Finisher
  • T-shirt
  • Post-race snack

700 dhs

per person

ACCOMPANYING PERSON

Book before September 2024, 15th

Shuttles: Turn/return (Marrakech airport/Oukaïmeden) from Thursday October 2024 3rd – Return Monday October 2024 7th

Accommodation in marabout tents (16m2 / 4 to 5 persons), bring clothes and sleeping bag for low temperatures (0° to -5 ° C).  Optional with additional charge & according to availability : Dormitory at the CAF chalet. 4 nights 100€ /person (from October 3th to 6th), Sanitary arrangements (showers, WC)

Dinner – Thursday, Friday, Saturday + Couscous Party Sunday

Breakfast – Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday

Mineral water for the duration of your stay

Ancillary activities in Oukaïmeden (conferences, guided visits, etc.)

400€

per person

Race Details

START : The Oukaïmeden plateau

Type of terrain

Track : 2 KMS

Path : 23,5 KMS

Road : 0,5 KMS

Race time

Winner : circa 02h30 (current record 02:23:20 – 2016 Rachid Elmorabity)

Time limit and time barriers

Max running time: 08 hours

Amskere / Amssakrou barrier: Departure time + 05h00

1 AID STATIONS

6,5 KM (AMSKERE Alt 1861m) : Food & Drinks; Walnuts, almonds, salted biscuits, chocolate, dry apricots, raisins, cream cheese, bananas, oranges, mineral water (plain & sparkling), coca

4 CHECK POINTS (PC) with medical staff

6 KM TIZI N’ADDI Alt 2944m

11 KM TACHEDDIRT Alt 2344m

16,5 KM AMSKERE Alt 1861m

20,7 KM PLATEAU GLIZ Alt 2225m

Option Toubkal

3 days from September 30th to October 2nd or from October 7th to 9th, 2024

Morocco’s, and North Africa’s, highest peak, the Djebel Toubkal is just a mere hike away from the ATLAS QUEST playground. A great opportunity to climb a peak culminating above 4000 meters and easily accessible.

Take advantage of your participation at the ATLAS QUEST to summit this mountain, either before to optimize your acclimatation before the race, or just for the pleasure of adding yet another summit to your mountain adventures.

Why acclimatize to the altitude ?

One of the characteristics of the ATLAS QUEST is itineraries at high altitude (average altitude is 2400 m). The start of all the races is at 2 620m and there are 6 cols above 3000m, one at 3690 – there are no other races with similar altitude profiles. It is quite possible to participate, and even perform, at the ATLAS QUEST without an acclimatization.

After listening to the feedback and requests from racers over the years, we decided to add the option to climb the Djebel Toubkal to our race package, offering an additional chance to finish the race in good conditions as well as a possibility to discover new territories.

An all-inclusive package - 330€ (group 290€ for 10 pax)

We will welcome you at the airport in Marrakech and transfer you to the village of Imlil, a Berber version of Chamonix, and you will stay in a charming inn. The following morning you will start hiking towards the Toubkal CAF mountain hut, accompanied by your mountain guide and mules to carry your bags. After an afternoon spent in altitude, a nice evening meal a good night’s sleep you will start very early in the morning, at the light of your headlamp. After summiting you will hike back down to Imlil. From there a shuttle will bring you to the ATLAS QUEST base camp at the end of the day.

The perfect travel kit for a trail race in the High Atlas

EQUIPMENT
Compulsory equipment*
Basic equipment for the 105 km, the Marathon de l’Atlas and the Virée d’Ikkiss :

  • A cup: min. 15 cl
  • A survival blanket: min. 1.40 m x 2 m
  • A whistle
  • Jacket & pants that breath and are waterproof* ( Gore-Tex or similar), to cover up in bad weather in the mountains (snow, fine hail, rain)   * minimum recommended 10,000 Schmerber
  • A warm base layer: light jacket or T-shirt with long sleeves, min. 180 g (cotton prohibited), adapted to the sex and the size of the participant.
  • Pants, long running tights or mid layer tights & composition of various elements that cover the entire leg (short johns + high socks)
  • Hat, cap or bandana
  • Warm and waterproof gloves
  • Race road book
  • ID

In addition, for the Virée d’Ikkiss (26km / 1400D+)

  • One headlamp in good condition with sufficient energy supply
  • A water supply of min 1 liter
  • Food supply : min. 500 kcal

*This list of compulsory equipment may change due to the actual weather conditions expected during the race.
**minimum 10 000 Schmerber

The racer must make sure his/her jacket meets the requirements in the regulations. In case of a gear check only the opinion of the race marshal will be retained.

Additional recommended equipment

  • Telescopic poles*
  • X-tra set of base layer
  • Compass
  • Knife
  • String
  • Sun cream and sunglasses
  • Vaseline or anti-heating cream
  • Blister plaster
  • Sewing kit

*Would you choose to take poles you must carry them for the duration of the event.

A short trail and maximum thrills !  26 kms on a variety of trails, some technical and some smooth. Green valleys and high-altitude dryness.

You might imagine that the length of the race makes it easier…but not really! The Virée d’Ikkiss, though shorter, offers an intense challenge on the Atlas trails. Two cols at almost 3000 m of altitude, many picturesque villages, technical descents and to finish it all a breathtaking ascent!

The start of the Virée d’Ikkiss is a buzzling mix of European and local racers, the latter excited to race on their home turf. Inevitably the Moroccans start off fast in the direction of Tizi n’Addi, the first col at an altitude of nearly 3000 m. However, it’s best to be careful since this first climb is rough, the altitude takes its toll.

Once this first difficulty over, there is an enjoyable downhill of 5 kms to the village of Tacheddirt. The eyes and applauds of the villagers encourage you when you take a fairly smooth single track permitting you to bypass the Adrar n’Oukaïmeden. Along the itinerary there are hamlets with smiling children and the walnut trees offers a salutary shade.
A hilly path will get you to Amssakrou, the only Aid Station on the race, before a last and imposing climb up to Tizi n’Oukaïmeden.

The path offers a brutal climb through a read earth crushed by the sun. Soon the bright green silhouettes of the junipers appear above you. The ascent is really steep, your legs are aching, but the environment is absolutely stunning.
After an ascent of 8 kms you finally pass the Moroccan flags at Tizi n’Oukaïmeden, from here you can see the Atlas Quest base camp. Enjoy your last strides!

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