Making the decision to Run the Sahara may be one of the best decisions of your life. Since 2009, Sandblast has facilitated the UK's delegation to the Run the Sahara in Algeria. It is quite unlike any other physical challenge. The Saharan desert provides the backdrop to a run (5k, 10k, half marathon or full marathon) and a week of cultural activities designed to bring you into the experience of the Saharawi refugees, compounded further by the experience of living in the refugee camp itself. Sandblast organises everything from the food you eat with your host family to meeting local figures in the community. Read below for a collection of testimonials from past runners:
It was a privilege to have been involved, to have met like-minded people, to have experienced the hospitality of the Saharawis, to see the beauty of the dunes but also the desolation of the Hamada.
Peter Hamilton, UK participant 2009
This was a life changing experience for me and it will stay with me for a very long time.
Victoria Bavister, UK participant 2009
The views were spectacular especially on the run and in the dunes. The hospitality of the Saharawi was truly touching. It’s an event that anyone who likes a strong physical challenge. Whomever cares about the Saharawi people absolutely must attend.
UK participant 2009
Wonderful people, place and community. A week felt like a lifetime, packed with adventure and unforgettable experiences.
Fleur Hutchinson, UK participant 2010
Memorable, interesting and fun. Stimulating to have a break that makes you pause to think about important international goings-on that you don’t necessarily think about or encounter in everyday life, as well as the physical challenge of the run.
Julia Lutte, UK participant (and 3rd in Women’s Marathon!) 2010
It will change your life, your perspective, your priorities, and it might just help to change the lives of a people fighting for their fundamental rights to existence. Say no more!
Nina Murray, UK participant 2010
Was it what I expected? Would I go back? Would I recommend it? More. Yes. Unreservedly!
Mar Garvey, 2011 participant
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