The HMDS Fuerteventura ended last Thursday after 3 stages for a total of 120 km. Just over 450 runners of 36 different nationalities, 43% of them women, started this race in the desert of the island of Fuerteventura. This adventure takes place in food self-sufficiency, so competitors must carry all their food for 4 days, but they also have to carry their belongings and the various items they need. In the end, it’s a very beautiful experience of life, in which we realize our real needs and where we build relationships with many people. And we are not talking about the magnificent landscapes that runners encounter on their way...
Seven WAA athletes were present at this event: Damien Douvry, Eva Llinas, Clémence Desrozes, Diego Del Prado, Heidi Svartangen, Julia Safronova and Aline Gobert. Whether it was their first or umpteenth participation, they all gave their all to be finishers, and why not have a small ranking have at stake...
Well, UltraBag 20L on his back, Damien Douvry did it, he started by finishing fourth in the 1st stage of 30.1 km, then sixteenth in the 2nd of 54.5 km, and finally ninth in the 3rd and last stage of 24.4 km. He will therefore finish 9th in the overall ranking. However, he would have hoped for a better result: "I tried to do my best with my current shape, but I could have taken more risks on the long stage and therefore had a better overall ranking. But it’s already a superb performance that he has achieved for his third participation in the HALF MARATHON DES SABLES in Fuerteventura, a great congratulation to him and see you next year for the fourth edition?
For the other WAA athletes, they are all finishers and have had an incredible experience together.
This race was a huge challenge for Clémence Desrozes who had never covered more than 36 km in a row... She had to cover 120 km in 4 days with her Ultra Carrier Shirt, including 54.5 km in a row for the long stage of the second day, without ever having covered long distances... But she has succeeded and can be very proud of it! "On the evening of the second stage, it hurt everywhere and I felt like a truck had passed over me..." she told us, but that didn't stop her from starting the third and last stage and finished to win the famous finisher medal. This shows that, even if you have never done marathons, it is possible to participate in the HMDS.
In the end, the HALF MARATHON DES SABLES was a hard experience for everyone but one they will never forget. Between moments of sharing, joy and difficulty, the WAA team finally reached 5th place in the general team classification, you’re really great, well done!
If you have enjoyed following the HMDS Fuerteventura adventure, and are wondering about your possible participation, it’s possible to pre-register for the 2020 edition to receive all the information as a priority, so don't wait any longer and pre-register to participate in the adventure of a lifetime!
The opening of registrations for this fourth edition, which will take place from September 20th to 27th, 2020, will be open tomorrow at 4pm, with preferential rates for the fastest, so don't miss the event!
If you can't wait a year before participating in an adventure like this, there's still time to register for HMDS Peru, which will take place from November 30th to December 6th, 2019! This race will take place in the Ica desert and will be held under the same conditions as the one in Fuerteventura, in food self-sufficiency.
Tick tock, it's coming!
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