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A KNIFE, A SURVIVAL BLANKET, AND A SNAKE VENOM REMOVAL PUMP

A KNIFE, A SURVIVAL BLANKET, AND A SNAKE VENOM REMOVAL PUMP

Joel, who is heading to the desert marathon in Morocco in April, has the task of acquiring suitable equipment for the long sandy journey, which need to follow certain rules and stipulations. The following is an overview of what the arrangers of the marathon require of the participants.

All mandatory equipment and personal items such as food, survival tools and the marathon kit, waist pack and many others should weigh between 6.5 and 15 kilograms. This minimum/maximum does not include the daily supply of water. Each participate must follow the abovementioned demands during administrative and technical inspections in Morocco.

The mandatory equipment includes a MDS backpack (or equivalent backpack), sleeping bag, head lamp and full set of backup batteries, 10 safety pins, a compass (accurate to 1° or 2°), a lighter, a whistle, a metal-bladed knife, a tropical disinfection tool, a venom removal tool (pump) — for example in case of snake attacks, a signaling mirror, 1 aluminum survival blanket, 1 tube of sun screen, 200 euros of foreign currency, a passport, an original health certificate; filled out and signed by a doctor, and an original electrocardiogram and papers showing its lines and patterns.

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The marathon kit, given by the organization to each participant, includes the following items: a trajectory book (issued on the 7th of April), an emergency flare, salt pills, bio bags for toilets, identification marks, participation signs/numbers. This marathon kit will be issued during the technical and administrative inspections in Morocco. A glow stick will be given at the CP3 point (on the 38th kilometer of the 80 kilometer run). The emergency flare must be returned at the finish line.

Each participant is responsible for their own meals through the 9th to 15th (inclusive) of April. One should choose food that fits the participant’s needs, health, weather conditions, weight, and backpack options. Gas stoves are strictly forbidden and transporting gas (for cooking) is strictly forbidden by airlines either as hand luggage or registered luggage.

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Each participant is required to have 14,000 kilocalories worth of food, which makes a minimum of 2000 calories per day. If this demand is not met, the participant will be penalized. Food that has been removed from its original packaging is required to have its nutritional value added or visible. A reminder of the minimum number of calories per day, which will be checked during technical inspections in Morocco:

Morning of the technical inspection day — 14 000 kcal

1st day morning — 14 000 kcal
2nd day morning — 12 000 kcal
3rd day morning — 10 000 kcal
4th day morning — 8000 kcal
5th day morning — 6000 kcal
6th day morning — 4000 kcal
7th day morning — 2000 kcal

*Author: GoodNews journalist Jüri Kukk

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