The humidity and heat are rising noticeably each day. Fans and A/Cs are being dusted off and cranked up. Ice creams sales are skyrocketing.
I’ve got an idea! Who wants to go run a race through Dakar next weekend in the middle of the afternoon? Yeah, not the time of year or time of day I would have chosen either, but hey… At least there’s race for those of us who have been complaining that there aren’t races, right?
The Dakar Marathon site has information and online registration, both in English and in French. There are still some questions bouncing around out there, so I called the organizers just now to see what I could find out.
Saturday, May 18th
2pm: Convocation for all participants at the place Sfax roundpoint near RTS (Radio Télévision Sénégalaise) at blvd Charles de Gaulle / ave Malick Sy.
After the convocation, head to your race’s starting point.
- 2km: stay at the Sfax roundpoint
- 5km: near the British Embassy by the Corniche Est
- 10km: stay at the Sfax roundpoint
- 21km: stay at the Sfax roundpoint
You can view the race routes here.
4pm: Races begin.
There are water stations every 5km.
All routes end at the place de l’Indépendence. Race you there!
What you need to know
- Online registration is available now. Organizers recommend registering this weekend as an informational email will be sent out to participants early next week.
- The entry fee is 1,000cfa (cash)and is to be paid before the race begins. The fee includes your t-shirt, access to water stations and sponges.
- If you’ve registered online, bring photo ID.
- This year’s race theme is the protection and education of Senegal’s vulnerable children, including talibés.