Marathon and half marathon in Marrakeсh: palms, smiling camels and stunning Atlas Mountains unfolded on the horizon

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In brief

The marker on the map indicates the city in which the race takes place and does not display the exact start or finish location.

Date:
31 January 2021 (Sunday)
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Number of participants: 8 000,
marathon 2020 — 1 376,
half marathon 2020 — 6 932
Race Record: 2:06:22 Hicham Laqouahi, Morocco, 2020
Entry fee:
70 € marathon,
50 € half marathon

The Marrakech Marathon is an annual long-distance running event held in Marrakech, Morocco. The official name of the event is Marathon & Semi Marathon International de Marrakech. About 8.000 athletes take part in Marathon race and other competitions (1.376 completed marathon and 6.932 finished half marathon in 2020).

The Marrakech Marathon is held under High Patronage of his Majesty the King Mohammed VI.

A Moroccan 14-year-old Nadia Ouaziz-Colombero won the women’s race of the 1st Marrakech Marathon in 1987 and became one of the youngest ever winners of an international level marathon.

In 2020 Marrakech Marathon race record was broken by Moroccan Hicham Laqouahi — 2:06:22.

You may run Morocco marathon or half marathon in October in Casablanca (Marathon International de Casablanca) and in January in Fes (Marathon International de Fès).

More about Marrakech and its attractions you may find here.

Marrakech Marathon (Marathon International de Marrakech) 2020

Events and Activities

Marathon race, 42.195km (Marathon International de Marrakech)

The marathon race of 42.195km starts at 8:30 31 January 2021 (Sunday) from Avenue Prince Moulay Rachid behind Sofitel hotel and close to Mamounia hotel.

Age limit: from 17 years old on the date of the race.

Half Marathon race, 21.097km (Semi Marathon International de Marrakech)

The half marathon race of 21.097km starts at 9:30 31 January 2021 (Sunday) from Avenue Prince Moulay Rachid behind Sofitel hotel and close to Mamounia hotel.

Age limit: from 15 years old on the date of the race.

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Course

The roundtrip course of the Marrakech Marathon (Marathon International de Marrakech) 2021 starts at the old city gates and runs through olive fields in the Agdal Gardens with magnificent panorama of the Atlas Mountains in full view. Further, the route passes along the outskirts of Marrakech and leads to the golf resort La Palmeraie, the most exotic part of the route, where participants run surrounded by palm trees and camels, and then they return to the center of Marrakech.

The course of the Marrakech Marathon (Marathon International de Marrakech) 2021

The course of the Marrakech Marathon (Marathon International de Marrakech) 2021

Course map animation, the Marrakech Marathon (Marathon International de Marrakech) 2020

The course of the Marrakech Half Marathon (Semi Marathon International de Marrakech) 2021 partly coincides with the marathon distance, it turns back to the finish after crossing Route de Fès.

The course of the Marrakech Half Marathon (Semi Marathon International de Marrakech) 2021

The course of the Marrakech Half Marathon (Semi Marathon International de Marrakech) 2021

Course map animation, the Marrakech Half Marathon (Semi Marathon International de Marrakech) 2020

Start and finish of the Marrakech Marathon and Half Marathon (Marathon & Semi Marathon International de Marrakech) 2021 is at Avenue Prince Moulay Rachid behind Sofitel hotel and close to Mamounia hotel.

Start and finish of the Marrakech Marathon and Half Marathon (Marathon & Semi Marathon International de Marrakech) 2021

Start and finish of the Marrakech Marathon and Half Marathon (Marathon & Semi Marathon International de Marrakech) 2021

You may find the official course maps of the Marrakech Marathon (Marathon International de Marrakech) 2021 here and Half Marathon (Semi Marathon International de Marrakech) 2021 here.

Time limit for the marathon distance is 5 hours 30 minutes, for the half marathon distance — 3 hours.

Water and nutrition stations are located every 5km of the route and at the finish. The stations provide runners with drinking water, fruits, refreshing sponges.

The route of the Marrakech Marathon (Marathon International de Marrakech) 2021 is certified by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS).

Registration

You may sign up for races of the Marrakech Marathon (Marathon International de Marrakech) 2021 online.

The online registration is open till 25 January 2021.

If slots are available you may sign up for the races 29—30 January 2021 (Friday and Saturday) at the Marathon Village (Place du 16 Novembre, Harti gardens in Marrakech Gueliz) next to the Gueliz central post office.

The entry fee for the Marrakech Marathon (Marathon International de Marrakech) 2021 for foreign runners is 70 €.

The entry fee for the Marrakech Half Marathon (Semi Marathon International de Marrakech) 2021 for foreign runners is 50 €.

There are special discounted rates for Morocco citizens and residents.

Your Marathon or Half marathon Race Entry includes:

  • Bib number with time measuring chip
  • Bag deposit
  • Food and beverages stations along the course and after the race
  • Finisher medal
  • On-line race results
  • Digital race diploma with indicated finish time
  • Medical aid if necessary

You may pick up the Race Pack with your bib number in the tent ESCAPADES of the Marathon Village (Place du 16 Novembre, Harti gardens in Marrakech Gueliz) next to the Gueliz central post office.
Registration desks schedule:
29—30 January 2021 (Friday and Saturday) from 10:00 to 19:00.

To get your Race Pack you should show your ID with photo (passport).

No health certificate is required to enter any race of the Marrakech Marathon (Marathon International de Marrakech) 2021.

Race Results 2020*

Men (marathon)
1. Hicham Laqouahi (MAR) 2:06:32
2. Jacob Kendagor (KEN) 2:07:16
3. Feleke Wondouser (ETH) 2:07:32

Women (marathon)
1. Negeri Hawi Alemu (ETH) 2:27:56
2. Soud Kanbouchia (MAR) 2:28:07
3. Bere Asayech Ayalew (ETH) 2:28:20

* Source: www.racetimer.se

Find your result and the results of your friends and companions here.

Contact Information and Links

Organizer’s address:
Association Le Grand Atlas
Dar talib daoudiat unité 4 ,40000
Marrakech, Maroc
Тел. +212 524 31 35 72

Social media:

* The race information is from publicly available sources and the official website of the event. Always check the official website for the most up-to-date information. If you see any mistake, please, write to admin@letsportpeople.com.

Weather during Previous Races

Date: 26 January 2020
Clear throughout the day.
Temperature: 6°C – 19°C (43°F – 66°F)
Wind: 9 km/h (5 mph)
Date: 27 January 2019
Clear throughout the day.
Temperature: 7°C – 18°C (44°F – 66°F)
Wind: 5 km/h (2 mph)
Date: 28 January 2018
Clear throughout the day.
Temperature: 2°C – 15°C (35°F – 60°F)
Wind: 0 km/h (0 mph)

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Flights to Marrakech

From your nearest airport (based on your IP):

Prices are for round trip flights 29 January 2020 — 1 February 2021. Price information is automatically renewed. You may check flight prices for other dates here or use the search form in the right upper column (desktop).

You may use public transport, taxi, or preordered transfer to get to Marrakech from the airport and back.

If over the past 6 years your flight within European Union, Turkey or to these countries was delayed for more than 3 hours or cancelled, if you missed a connection flight because of delay, if you were denied boarding because of overbooking you are eligible for compensation of 125—600 € according to European Commission Regulation 261/2004 and Turkish Regulation On Air Passenger Rights. You may check your case for free here, it takes 2 minutes. No fee is charged until the compensation is paid.

Insurance

Race participants are fully responsible for their life, health and any consequence that may result from running a distance. Keep in mind that ordinary health insurance does not cover participation in sport events. Special sport insurance is preferable.

Accommodation in Marrakech

Find a hotel via online service that compares the most popular booking websites to get the best deal for your dates.

Have a look at what locals offer for a short-term rent. Such option may be cheaper, more comfortable and with better location than a hotel. You may book a room, an apartment or a house via airbnb.

Hotels in Marrakech:

Tours and Excursions

Do you feel energetic after the race? Do you need to entertain your bored supporters? Are you really interested in something other than running? Excursions in Marrakech and surroundings are here.

Other Races in January 2021

M — Marathon, 42.195 km
H — Half Marathon, 21.097 km

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