Only 11 days left before the HALF MARATHON DES SABLES PERU!
On the same principle of the HMDS Fuerteventura, the adventure lasts 4 days, including 3 days of running where participants will have to cover 120 km in the fabulous Ica desert.
Once again, the WAA team will gather to participate in this great adventure and give its all. 4 athletes will be present to defend the WAA colours, whether to relive this adventure, seek performance, or simply to enjoy the moment.
MÉLANIE ROUSSET - 43 YEARS OLD - FRENCH
Winner of the Échappée Belle in August, Mélanie already participated to the MDS Morocco and Peru, so the HMDS Peru shouldn't be a problem for her! She wants to finish it by taking as much pleasure as during the MDS Peru, that's all we wish her.
A little anecdote, she met her companion in the Ica desert during the MDS Peru two years ago. This time they come back together, the opportunity to fully enjoy the landscapes and the adventure together.
She is therefore more than eager to be at the HMDS PERU, but pushes back as much as she can the preparation of the famous bag, which is quite complicated...
JULIEN PICARD - 40 YEARS OLD - FRENCH
Julien Picard, do you remember? He achieved the feat of being a finisher of the UTMB®, and this in sandals... This time, he challenges himself to cross the Ica desert, but barefoot.
But why? Simply because he loves the feeling of freedom that prevails when he runs like this. However, he will carry his sandals in his backpack in case the ground doesn’t allow a good barefoot progression (but no running shoes). He already did several sandal races, but the HMDS Peru will be his first barefoot, a great adventure where he won't need gaiters!
Initially, he wanted to share this adventure with his whole team, but the closer the event gets, the more his competitive spirit pushes him to challenge himself and give the best of himself...
"I am excited and eager to experience this unique adventure with my friends, the other participants and the organization. My bag has been ready for a long time!"
HEIDI BYE SVARTANGEN - 42 YEARS OLD- NORVEWIAN
Two months ago, Heidi participated to the HMDS Fuerteventura. She also ran the first edition of the HMDS Peru last year which was a great experience in every way. But why coming back, and so soon after the edition of Fuerteventura?
Because both events are so incredible, she wants to experience it again with all the experience she has now acquired. However, nothing changes in the preparation: the same training for Fuerteventura and Peru. However, the snow in Norway currently helps her in her preparation, because it looks like sand to some extent, so why not?
"I also use an IR Sauna to prepare for the heat," yes, the temperature in Norway is somewhat different from Peru at the moment...
ALINE GOBERT - 23 YEARS OLD - BELGIAN
After an unforgettable experience in Fuerteventura, Aline wanted to relive a similar experience in a different place with her brother. Her choice was therefore the HMDS Peru and its magnificent Ica Desert.
She will use exactly the same equipment as in Fuerteventura: the backpack very useful to carry all the necessary equipment and food, and the Ultra Carrier Shirt and Ultra Skirt set well suited for this race and very comfortable to wear, even in high heat.
"Surpassing myself but also helping each other with all the other runners are things I've never experienced on a race before."
Good luck to all the participants, and especially enjoy this wonderful adventure and the beautiful landscapes of Peru.
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