Program

14th edition, 1/9 december 2019

INTRODUCTION:

A desert race, but in southern Africa, far from the geo-political problems affecting the north Africa countries: a totally safe race. Running in the desert doesn't necessarily means sleeping on the ground, eating ugly food, carrying heavy packs; there's another way to experience the desert with its fascinating features: the 100 km of Namib Desert. It's the only 5 stars race, both for the environment of Namib Desert, the most beautiful and ancient desert in the world and for the accommodations in a fantastic 5 stars lodge.

A very demanding race, but with luxurious ‘Five Star’ accommodations that allow you to prepare and recover to face the 4 competing days, each one different from the other one.
You will run many kilometres through the oldest desert in the world, you will face a marathon the 3rd day, and the grand finale with the climb of the Crazy Dune, the highest dune in the world.
A great atmosphere, natural beauty, fascination, but also relaxation and comforts: these are the race program ingredients, that will make a vacation of sport, nature and... Adventure..

Sunday december 1th

Approaching day by flight to Windhoek.

 


Monday december 2th

Arrival in Windhoek and meetin at airport around 12,00 a.m.or later at 13,00 in front of the Christian Church in Windheok (Robert Mugave Ave) with the runners travelling with different flights.

Transfer by bus (about 320 km) to the Sossusvlei Lodge, dinner and accommodation in the assigned bungalows, relax.

DISCOVER THE LODGE!

 


Tuesday, December 3th

Wake up and Breakfast.

at 10,00 meeting for opening event

At 10,30 a.m. Technical checks and delivery of the bib number by the conference hall.

At 12,30 p.m. lunch

At 6,15 p.m.  first leg start, 15 km at sunset, finish line at the lodge. 

Finish of the race at sunset. The less fast runners will close the leg with dark, so must carry a headlight. 

Dinner in the Lodge and overnight stay


Wednesday, December 4th

Early wake up and breakfast.

At 6.00 a.m. short transfer of about 10 km to the start line of the 2nd leg

At 6,30 a.m. start of the leg - about 21 km in the Sesriem Canyon with finish line at the Lodge.

Lunch and afternooon at leisure.

At 6,30 p.m. General meeting by the conference hall, technical briefing of the 3rd leg and slide show with pictures of the first two legs.

Dinner in the Lodge and overnight stay


Thursday December 5th

Early wake up and Breakfast

At 5.00 a.m. short transfer (about 3 km) to the start line of the 3rd leg: 42,195 km (marathon)

At 6,00 a.m. start of the leg.

Lunch in the Lodge and afternoon at leisure.

At 6.30 p.m. general meeting by the conference hall, technical briefing of the 4th leg and slide show with day pictures.

Dinner in the Lodge and overnight stay


Friday, December 6th

Early wake up and breakfast

At 5.00 a.m. 45 km transfer with the Lodge vehicles to the famous “dune 45” for the start of the 4th leg.

At 6,00 start of the fourth leg. About 26 km run, with finish line in the heart of  Sossusvlei big dunes.Award official ceremony and lunch

Transfer backs to the Lodge, and afternoon at leisure.

At 6.00 p.m. meeting by the conference hall and slide show.

at 6,30 p.m. short transfer by 4x4 in zone Sunset Cocktail

At 8.00 p.m. final “bush dinner” organized by the lodge 


Saturday , December 7th

Wake up and Breakfast, morning at leisure at the lodge

At 2.00 p.m. transfer to Windhoek by bus, arrival in Windhoek at about 7.00 p.m., accommodation in hotel, dinner and night.

 

 

Sunday 9 december

Wake up and breakfast.

At 10 am (or own time) transfer to the airport in time for the flight departure 


Program rates

Registration Program   90 €

Rate: € 2640

The rate includes:

  • Transfers to and from the Namib Desert by bus
  • 5 nights accommodation in Sossusvlei Lodge, in double bed bungalows with private bathroom and a/c.  
  • full board from 2/12 lunch to 7/12 breakfast, water during meals included
  • dinner and overnight in Windhoek Hotel**** on 7/12, double room and breakfast on 8/12
  • all race transfers on special 4x4 vehicles as per program
  • Welcome "Sunset Cocktail" and awards ceremony
  • Final gala bush dinner 

Race Registration  190 €  Runners and Walker 

  • race participation or walking 
  • Official technical and cotton T-shirts, hat with veil, medal and FINISHER T-shirt.
  • bib number ( Runners, Walkers o Nordic Walkers)
  • technical and medical assistance during the entire race
  • Park entrance fee for the 3 race's days
  • "Sunset cocktail" on 6/12
  • Bush dinner

Supplements: 

  • Single room 250 € (availability to be confirmed)

 

Not included:

  • connection flights to/from Frankfurt
  • airport taxes for the programmes flight included
  • wine, beer and soft drinks
  • personal medical and baggage insurance
  • anything not mentioned in the “the rate includes”

All participants will receive by email the detailed technical rules and regulations of the event.

Entrance closing 31/10/2019


Baggage:

The baggage allowance is 23 kg apart for the hand baggage. Carrying the running equipment  in the hand baggage is highly reccomended: in case of lost baggage, the race will not be compromised.


The trip:

For the participants approaching Frankfurt from foreign countries, detailed instructions will be mailed prior to departure.

The time zone is only 1 hour less than Italy.
Meeting at the airport or at Christian Church in Windhoek as per program for the  other possible participants arriving from other flights and move altogether by bus to Sesriem (about 320 km). Arrival at the Sossuslei lodge, lunch, relax and dinner and overnight stay.


Documents and vaccinations:

A valid passport with at least 6 months period before expiry is required.  No visa is required for the European Community citizens. Non-EC travellers should better check with their own authorities/government.
No vaccination is mandatory, except for people coming from a country with current infections alert. The anti-malaria prophylaxis is important only during summer and for people travelling in the north of the country: in the Namib Desert zone it is not necessary.
All information and suggestions can be obtained by own competent sanitary inspector’s office.
It is compulsory for all participants to show a medical certificate issued by a sports medical centre with a cardiac stress test, stating the athlete is physically fit for this race.



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