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Ultra Distance Runner * After Dinner Motivational Speaker * Published Author

Ray Matthews
"I am passionate about my sport, with which the rest of the world has had a greater variety and access too for more years than the general UK athletes."

100km of the Namib Desert

Distance: 100km race in four stages.
Location: Namib Desert, Namib
Concept: Should only be carrying a backpack with safety equipment.
All meals are made at the Sossusvlei Lodge.
Dates: 3rd December 2011 - 10th December 2011
Details: Overnight stay at Sossusvlei.
The race is a "daisy", that is, out and into the lodge each day.
Some stages are made transfer short-terrain vehicles.
Official Languages: Italian and English
Price: Programme Registration (including flight from Frankfurt): €2,490.00 (Approximately £2,202.00*)
Programme Registration (without flights):
€1,890.00 (Approximately £1,672.00*)
Race Registration: €290.00 (Approximately £257.00*)
Agency fee: €60.00 (Approximately £54.00*)
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*Exchange rate may vary, the figures provided are guidelines only

More Information:

The race

The route is approximately 100km in four stages.  Each stage is performed in a completely different type of terrain and with different landscape.

The first stage is 18km and should finish just before the African sunset so the views will be spectacular.

The second stage is 20 km, most of which are in the dry bed of the river until you cross the spectacular Tsauchab Sesriem canyon.

The third stage is a marathon, that is 42 km and starts at 5.30am so you will be able to enjoy an African dawn, and incidentally the best time to take advantage of temperature. The maximum time to complete the stage is 7 hours. The stage is set in an area of ​​maximum protection and have been granted special permission for the development of proof in this area, which is normally off limits to tourism.

The fourth stage is 23km dwhich runs through ​​large sand dunes, leaving at 6am on the famous Dune 45 and the few kilometres after climbing the highest dune in the world (approximately 300m).

The landscapes that are part of the route have been selected for their spectacular beauty and wildlife with which we can find we will live an unforgettable experience.

The course is completely marked so there's no chance of being lost.

Refreshments are provided in the first and second stage, while the marathon will be three and two in the last stage.

It is compulsory to have at least one litre of water in the race, plus a small list of mandatory equipment.


The type of race and housing formula favours the presence of companions so they can share the excitement of the race.

They can even track the test vehicle and take advantage of many activities organised by the Lodge, including 4x4 tours, scenic flights, hot air balloon or helicopter rides, etc. 

Career tips

Protection of the skin. In December (Namibia's summer) high temperatures were reached, it is recommended to use appropriate sunscreen, not with too high protection as it can create problems for sweating. If your skin is pale, before going to Namibia, it may be sensible to visit a  tanning salon, to activate the body's natural system, although the best solution is to always be covered, wear a cap and long sleeves.

Extreme heat, requires thorough hydration. This heat makes even the camelback water warm up, so you may wish to flavour your water using flavoured powder, we can even warm the drink.


The area where the race takes place is approximately 700m above the sea level.

Daytime temperatures are approximately 15ºc at dawn and up to 40ºc at noon. At sunset, the temperature is around 20/25ºc.

Thanks to the very low humidity, warmth is not as high, but the sun's rays are harmful in any case, in excess and must be protected.

The start of almost all stages are early in the morning, the first hours of these stages are cooler. After 9am the heat increases rapidly.

Wind is always an unknown, it is expected to appear, we will therefore be prepared and handle it in the best possible way.

General recommended material

There are recommended protective clothing made ​​with technical materials, which favour evaporation and sun protection.

Wear long sleeves and long trousers. Sunglasses, hat with neck protection, and trail shoes (half or a number larger than normal).

A system to prevent entry of sand in the shoes (leggings).

A camelback or large bumbag to carry the mandatory equipment and perhaps for the first stage, which still can be reached at dusk in low light, a frontal.

Warm clothes for the night, and equipment for sandstorm goggles or similar motorcycle buff.

The terrain

The race includes all of all types of terrain; sandy, stoney or more, but generally quite compact and "shiftable".

Only in the last stage, which takes place largely in dune areas, the ground will be less compact and more difficult to run on.


European citizens require a valid passport and any vaccine documentation.

The statutorily requirements to participate in the race, as specified in the regulations, is the medical certificate issued in a sports medicine centre with exercise testing.

If not present, you cannot participate.

Walking does not require any certificate.


For safety reasons, each runner in the race must carry a backpack containing:

  • A container with the capacity of at least one litre
  • Two energy bars
  • Minerals
  • A survival blanket
  • A whistle
  • A lighter


It is highly recommended that each runner should also have:

  • A cap
  • A pair of sunglasses
  • A high SPF factor sunscreen
  • A razor
  • Compeed patches

The binding material may be verified at any time and the lack of anything will cause a penalty and is considered a fault with the regulations.


The sixth edition of this race is held in December, in the Namibian summer.

A tough race, but the great accommodations with perfect recovery help to withstand the four days of running across the world's oldest desert.

A suggestive atmosphere, relaxation and comfort are the ingredients of this sport vacation.

  • Saturday, 4th December 2011

    Flight at 11pm from Frankfurt to Windhoek with Air Namibia

  • Sunday, 5th December 2011

    Early arrival in Windhoek. Travel to Sossusvlei Lodge (approximately 320 miles).

    Rest and dinner at the Lodge.

  • Monday, 6th December 2011

    Scrutineering and dorsal delivery of food and rest until 6pm, when the first stage begins.

    Dinner on the terrace of the Lodge.

  • Tuesday, 7th December 2011

    At 6am, travel approximately 10km to the second stage in the Sesriem Canyon approximately 20km.

    At 6pm there will be a technical meeting at the Lodge for the third stage and projection of pictures of the day.

  • Wednesday, 8th December 2011

    At 5am, travel approximately 3km to the start of the third stage; the marathon (42km).

    At 6pm, there is a technical meeting regarding the fourth stage and projection of pictures of the day.

  • Thursday, 9th December 2011

    At 5am, travel approximately 45km to the dune 45 for the start of the fourth stage (23 km).

    Final dinner and gala awards ceremony.

  • Friday, 10th December 2011

    At 8.30am, travel to Windhoek by bus. After some hours free in the city to the airport for the flight back to Frankfurt.

  • Saturday, 11th December 2011

    Arrive in Frankfurt at 6am.

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