The Ultimate Desert Stage Race: Marathon des Sables

Marathon des Sables, French for Marathon of Sands (or MdS for short), is known as the “Toughest Footrace on Earth.” Why? Because it is roughly a 250-kilometer journey in seven days run in the hot sands of the Saharan desert. It is fully self-supported meaning there are no race crews, and you have to carry … Read more

Marathon Des Sables – An Honest Account From An Under-Prepared Runner

The Marathon Des Sables is a 250km self-supported race across the Sahara desert. Now with over 1200 entrants each year, the event is the biggest of it’s kind on the planet. Participants usually train for months to condition their bodies and prepare for the race – but often other commitments and time limitations mean many runners turn … Read more

The Marathon Monks of Japan: The World’s Toughest Ultramarathon

The Marathon Monks (gyoja) of Mt. Hiei, Japan take on kaihōgyō, a spiritual challenge of endurance in pursuit of enlightenment.  The journey lasts over seven years and the stakes are high.  If they fail, the monk must perform Hara-kiri – ‘honourable suicide’.  If they survive, they become a living saint. They wear white, the Buddhist … Read more

The Stage Race Handbook

Details: Over 200 pages of detailed stage race advice
Last Updated: 
January 2019
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Stage races are amongst the toughest endurance events in the world.  

They are epic foot races spread over several days and hundreds of kilometres, often with the runners carrying all of their food and equipment on their back.

This comprehensive guide covers all aspects of preparing, training and completing stage races.

It includes extensive expert advice on equipment choices, preparation and packing, food and hydration, planning, how to train, practical advice for the trails and lessons learned from many stage race veterans.

Thomas Watson is a serial stage race runner who also runs MarathonHandbook.com.

The book includes a foreword by Dean Karnazes, as well as insights from stage race veterans such as Rory Coleman, Ryan Sandes and many other Marathon des Sables finishers and 4 Deserts series Grand Slammers.