The Great Desert Race will take place in October in Puerto Peñasco, Sonora


Puerto Peñasco, where the race will take place, is a beautiful coastal city in the north of the country, conveniently trapped between the Sea of Cortez and the Sonoran Desert, it is a place that due to its climate and biodiversity is unique in the world.

The Great Desert Race, a unique “runner” experience of its kind, will take place in Puerto Peñasco, a beautiful coastal city in Sonora, on October 14 and 15 of this year. In this race, competitors will have the opportunity to travel the ancient routes of the Tohono O’odham nation, who have inhabited the area for hundreds of years.

Centuries ago, the Tohono O’odham (people of the desert) ran more than 750 km from the Sea of Cortez at Puerto Peñasco in Sonora (declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013), to the Arizona desert with the intention of bringing fish to his family, covered in salt so that it would arrive fresh; This beautiful tradition is known as the “Salt Walk” and has been the inspiration for the Great Desert Race.

“There is nothing like this race in all of Mexico and Latin America, even in the world, because it brings together three ecosystems that are desert, marshes and beach; it is a race that takes us through all these places and we are also on the sacred ground of a community for which there are no barriers or borders”, mentioned Javier Carvallo, Director of Events of Grupo Expansión.

Present at the press conference were Miguel Torruco Marqués, Secretary of Tourism of Mexico; Célida López Cárdenas, Secretary of Tourism of Sonora; Javier Carvallo, Director of Events for Grupo Expansión; Ernesto Rivas, General Director of Sabino Productions; and Pablo Gil, who won first overall place in the Men’s 75K distance last year.

The Great Desert Race has four distances available to run in them.

–Ultra Trail 75K in two days, 50K on Saturday October 14 and 25K on Sunday October 15. Starting the first day in the middle of the desert, the competitors will face a demanding course, going from the central zone of the desert to the pristine beaches of the high Gulf of California, where a spectacular night under the stars will await you.

–Mega Desert Run 50K in two days, 25K on Saturday October 14 and 25K on Sunday 15. From the same starting point as the aforementioned race and following that route.

–Beach & Desert Run 25K in a single day, which will be on Sunday the 15th. Here less experienced runners will have the opportunity to test their physical abilities by walking the same route as the second day of the Ultra Trail.

–Beach Fun Run 10K in one day, which will be on Sunday the 15th. The opportunity to enjoy the fascinating desert environment opens up for the general public, anyone with acceptable physical abilities will be able to run or walk along a route that has been specially designed for all.

The first five absolute classified of each category (men and women) will receive trophies, the first three places by category will receive a trophy and the first three general places will also receive prizes both in cash and in kind, since a very attractive bag of prizes will be available for the winners in both branches of each category.

The quota per race is 300 participants, those who want to participate must register at The Early Bird will be available until April 30, Last Dicount from May 1 to July 31 and Lazy bird from August 1 to September 30.

Source: Sin embargo