SPOT Selected to Provide Satellite Tracking and Safety for
MARATHON DES SABLES - The Toughest Foot Race on Earth
Each MARATHON DES SABLES (MDS) participant, some 1,250 extreme athletes representing over 70 nations, will carry the latest version of SPOT from Globalstar, the SPOT Gen3.
Now in its 32nd edition, MDS is a gruelling multi-stage adventure through a highly challenging landscape in one of the world's most inhospitable climates - the Sahara desert. Being held April 7-17, MDS 2017 will see the world's toughest runners take the challenge of a lifetime, facing the most extreme terrain as they race across the sands of Morocco in temperatures as high as 100 degrees Fahrenheit (50 degrees Celcius).
With SPOT, MDS race organisers and emergency support services will be able to precisely track each runner's location, via a user-friendly display of GPS positions in real-time via the WAA Tracking platform. If a racer gets into trouble, such as sustaining an injury, with the single press of a button, emergency services will be alerted, his or her GPS coordinates will be transmitted, and help will be rapidly dispatched to the runner's location.
22 athletes rescued