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October 03 - 07, 2024

Marathon de l’Atlas 42KM / 2600 M D+

A true journey in Berber territory, one you will never forget

The Marathon de l’Atlas is 42 kms long with a positive altitude gain of 2600m.

The race starts in Oukaimeden at an altitude of 2 620 m, highest point on the course is at 3 180 m and the lowest at 1950 m.

It runs on technical trails, in particular between kilometers 20 to 36.

Though less engaging than the Ultra, the Marathon de l’Atlas is a demanding itinerary, the fastest runners finish in about 4hrs and 30min.

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

750 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 : 11 KMS

Path : 30,5 KMS

Road : 0,5 KMS

Race time

Winner : approximately 4H30 (RECORD 04:33:28 – 2014 RACHID ELMORABITY)

Maximum time allowed: 12HRS

Time limit and time barriers

Max running time: 12 hours

Timichi time barrier (km 19.5): Start time + 04h00

2 AID STATIONS

19,5 KM (TIMICHI Alt 1951m) : Walnuts, almonds, salted biscuits, chocolate, dry apricots, raisin, cream cheese, bananas, bread, mineral water, coca.

32 KM (TACHEDDIRT Alt 2344m) : Almonds, cashew nuts, peanuts, chips, dry apricots, cold turkey, bananas, bread, mineral water (plain & sparkling), coca.

5 CHECK POINTS (PC) with medical staff

11 KM TIZI AGOUNS (PC1) *

19,5 KM TIMICHI Alt 1951m (PC2) *

28 KM TIZI TACHEDDIRT Alt 3182m (PC15) *

32 KM TACHEDDIRT Alt 2344m (PC16) *

36 KM TIZI N’ADDI Alt 2944m (PC17) *

*CHECK POINTS (PC) with medical staff

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 Marathon de l’Atlas (42km / 2600D+)

  • A water supply of min. 1,5 liters
  • One headlamp in good condition with sufficient energy supply
  • Food supply: min. 800 kcal
  • A mobile phone, fully charged and operational in Morocco Register the organization’s emergency number in your phone and make
    sure your own number is not concealed.

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.

The Marathon de l’Atlas starts off the Challenge de l’Atlas.

The race is like a younger brother to the UTAT 105 and offers a combination of the emotions contained in his sibling. Extraordinary surroundings, a technical terrain, the requirements of the altitude and an immersion in Berber country – the perfect combo for a total change of scenery!

It’s still night on the Oukaïmeden plateau. The ambiance is electric, it’s the departure of the Marathon de l’Atlas.
After a few kilometers on an ascending track (450 m D+), you reach a ridge from where you may perceive the dawn, and the first PC. A descent takes you down a valley where the wadi Ourika takes its source, the entry on Berber territory. You reach the first village, Agouns, following a winding and hilly path to the second PC at Timichi – KM20
.

A short and twisting climb, pretty step for a short time, brings you to a crest looking into a new valley. A large and smooth path will bring you to the beautiful village of Labassène. Another steep path and you are gratified with a breathtaking panorama.

You bypass the Eastern ridge of Adrar Tissi, and you start a climb of 800 m to reach the huge Tizi n’Tacheddirt (Alt 3 230 m). The path passes from one bank to the other of a pretty river. The col seems close, but no…still far away.>

After a demanding ascent you finally reach Tizi n’Tacheddirt, where – if needed – a doctor will make sure all is well. Some 6 kms below you can see Tacheddirt and the Aid Station.

After a well-earned stop, there is just one climb left, another 600 m of positive vertical

A tough and beautiful ascent, where you are in constantly close to the solid rock of the Jbel Anggour (3 614 m).

Once at Tizi n’Addi (2 960 m), a smooth descent of 6 kms down to the bottom of a deep valley. A last effort and you will see the Atlas Quest base camp on the plateau ! No need to run fast…enjoy your every stride !

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