100km del Sahara - 21st Edition


The group of competitors participating in the 21st edition of the “100 km of the Sahara” will leave tomorrow. Part of the staff is already in the desert preparing to welcome the runners and walkers who will experience this new adventure in the magnificent environment of the Sahara Desert. As is often the case in the desert, the possibility of connection is definitely reduced; while this on the one hand allows for healthy “isolation” from daily, perpetual social activity, on the other hand will inherently limit our ability to upload rankings, information, photos, and videos of the various stages of the race to the website and our social channels. We apologize in advance to the enthusiasts, friends and family members of the participants; we will do our best to give updates as much as possible, within the limits of the possibilities offered by the desert.

See you soon !

With the 21st edition, the 100 km of the Sahara turns over a new page and renew itself!
After many years, a general change was opted for, with the opening of a new cycle. Change of date, formula, area and routes, a radical change directed toward favoring a complete “full immersion” in the desert.

A unique location in the heart of the Grand Erg with high quality logistical accommodation that will grant some major comforts to members and avoid all the daily movement of camps and luggage, with its attendant inconveniences.

Available also the “ Half 100 km del Sahara for Walker “, a special programme devoted to the walkers who will walk 50 km in 5 stages in the Sahara desert heart, sharing the same programme with the runners.

For the first time, it also opens up the possibility for accompanying persons to share the trip with their friends or relatives: in fact, the logistical arrangement now allows for a stay in the middle of the desert with the appropriate facilities to enjoy comfort and suggestion.


The 21st edition of the 100km del Sahara
October 28-November 4, 2023

100km in 5 Stages (one at night): 12, 21, 22, 10, 35 km.
Runner's Category

All stages will have departure and arrival directly from the camp.

HALF 100km del Sahara
The "HALF 100km del Sahara" is planned for the Walker's category. The distances will be half of those provided for the Runners.

DESERT Campsites

3 NIGHTS in the desert in permanent tented camp with:
3/4 beds tents, with beds and mattresses. Available single and double tent accommodations (with supplement).
- Meals by local organization supervised by Italian Zitoway chef. .
- Camp showers.
- Infirmary tent.
- Office Tent and Race Direction.
- Charging points for GPS, cell phones and devices.
- Note: the 1st, 2nd, 6th and 7th nights are in the hotel****


The route is totally marked.
Refreshments: All stages will have one to two refreshments, depending on distances.

The entire route is served by the organization's medical and technicalassistance.
In case of need it will be possible to be recovered and transported to the camp on the organization's 4x4 vehicles.


Oct. 28-Nov. 4 2023

21st edition of 100km del Sahara - October 28 - November 4, 2023

From the upcoming 21st edition 100 km del Sahara changes the formula, the race will no longer be itinerant from the oasis of Douz to that of Ksar Ghilane, but the group will be transferred by 4×4 vehicles to a fantastic permanent campsite, in a desert area close to Tembaine Mountain, an iconic site in the Tunisian Sahara, surrounded by big sand dunes, and positioned in the heart of the desert.
The campsite offers 2, 3 o 4 beds tents with private shower and WC; beds are provided with mattress and blanket. Restaurant, bar and relax tents are available, all in a unique, amazing location fully immersed in the dunes. This will be our headquarter for the entire event. Every stage will start and finish directly at the campsite; moving the baggage won’t be anymore an issue. Catering will be a fusion between locale and italian cuisine, severything supervised and cared by our chef , using also italian products. Medical services will always be provided by Italian medical specialists.

for the first time, it will be possible to travel with friends or family that do not run. the opportunity to share the trip with their friends or relatives, in fact, thanks to the new logistical arrangement, a stay in the middle of the desert will be offered with adequate comforts and services, thus being able to fully enjoy the suggestion and emotions that the desert can offer.

HALF 100 KM del SAHARA for Walkers
This programme is reserved to walkers: 50 km in 5 stages. The stages will be exactly half the size of those reserved for runners. The starts will be all together, and the finish of the walkers’ stage will be at the mid-stage refreshment of the runner’s, from where transport will be organized by the organization’s vehicles. There may be stages where the start will be given by the runners’ mid-stage refreshment and the finish directly at the campsite.

100km del Sahara is part of the stage races of the Zitoway Sport & Adventure in a desert environment, together with the 100km du Senegal and the 100km of Namib Desert.


Here the pictures of previous editions

Video 100km del Sahara

2023 Edition: new tented campsite

Discover in the “100km del Sahara 2023” clip the new race location and the amazing tented camp at the foot of Tembaine sacred mountain.

A luxury camp in the heart of the Great Eastern Erg

Prices for Runners and Walkers

100km del Sahara

Complete program WITH FLIGHT
UNTIL April 30
  • Flight round trip Milan-Tunis
  • All bus transfers
  • 4 nights in hotel ****
  • 3 nights in tented camp ( 3 or 4 beds tent)
  • Breakfast, Lunch and dinner included as in all programs in hotel or campsite
  • Italian medical assistance
  • Insurance medical-luggage

100km del Sahara

Complete program WITH FLIGHT
AFTER April 30
  • Flight round trip Milan-Tunis
  • All bus transfers
  • 4 nights in hotel ****
  • 3 nights in tented camp ( 3 or 4 beds tent)
  • Breakfast, Lunch and dinner included as in all programs in hotel or campsite
  • Italian medical assistance
  • Insurance medical-luggage

100km del Sahara

Program for Friends & Family
Friends & Family
  • Friends & Family fee
  • Included and excluded services are those for full programs with flight


Reserved for participants who registered before 28 february 2023, for free a special race pack including the following items:

  • Travel bag 75 liters with shoulder straps, with the logo of the race.
  • Personalized cotton polo shirt
  • Personalized hooded cotton sweatshirt.
  • Saharan sheish (typical very long scarf) in logoed cotton.


All programs can be aquaried withouth the flight and there will be a discount of 200€ In this case the meeting place will be directly at the airport in Tunis at the arrival time of flights from Milan and Rome on October 28.


Registration for 21^ edition of the 100km del Sahara 2023 is now OPEN

Here's the SPECIAL RACE PACKAGE for early birds registering by february 28th

Program 2023

Saturday, Oct. 28

Departure from Italy and arrival in Tunis.​

Arrive in Tunis by flight from Italy or other countries, transfer by bus to Hammamet, dinner and overnight at hotel.
Sunday, Oct. 29

Transfer to Douz​.​

Transfer by bus to Douz, hotel accommodation, technical checks, dinner and overnight stay.
Monday, Oct. 30

Stage 1

  • wake up and breakfast
  • transfer with 4×4 cars of 100 km to our camp; lunch in the campsite.
  • 17:00 departure stage 1 of 12 km.
  • Dinner and overnight stay in camp tents.
Tuesday, Oct. 31

Stage 2

  • wake up and breakfast
  • 9:00 am start of the 2nd stage of 21 km.
  • 20:00 Dinner and overnight in the campsite tents.
Wednesday, Nov. 1

Stages 3 and 4

  • wake up and breakfast
  • 9:00 am departure of the third stage of 22 km
    Lunch at campsite
  • 19:00 departure for the fourth stage, night stage of 10 km
  • Dinner and overnight stay in camp tents.

Thursday, Nov. 2

Stage 5

  • wake up and breakfast
  • 7:00 am departure of the fifth stage of 35 km.
  • Lunch, and transfer to the hotel in Douz with 4×4 cars.
  • Afternoon at leisure, dinner and overnight stay at hotel

Friday, Nov. 3

Transfer to Hammamet.

  • wake up and breakfast
  • 9 a.m. Departure by bus for transfer to Hammamet. In the evening, race awards, dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Saturday, Nov. 4


  • wake up and breakfast
  • Bus transfer to Tunis airport in time for return flight.

FAQ and Suggestions

  1. What documents I need ?
    You don’t need a visa to go to Tunisia, just a passport.
  2. Do I need vaccinations ?
    No vaccination is required.
  3. What is the currency in Tunisia, do I need some money in the race?
    The currency in Tunisia is the Dinar. 1 Euro = about 3 Dinars but you don’t need money in the race. They can be used to shop before or after the race.
  4. Is the SIM card (for the mobile phone) OK?
    The European SIM is fine even if the rates are not convenient. For little money you can buy a local SIM.
  1. How is the flight schedule?
    The flight is with departure from Milan and Rome with Tunisair destination Tunis and subsequent transfer to Hammamet directly to the Hotel. Transfer to Douz by bus. The return flight always via Tunis to Milan and Rome and transfer to Tunis by bus.
  2. How are the transfers ?
    Transfers will be by bus, transfer times will be, about 5/6 hours from Tunis to Douz and vice versa.
  1. How is the accommodation?
    In Hammamet 4* hotel with dinner and breakfast, in Douz accommodation will be at 4* hotels with breakfast lunch and dinner service when provided in the respective programs. The program includes 4 nights at the hotel and 3 nights at the camp.

  1. How does the overnight stay in a tent take place?
    At campsite overnight will be in 3 or 4 beds tents, provided with mattress blankets; a sleeping bag is reccommended. Available also double or single tents. Campsite and catering management will be cared by local staff with our chef and Zitoway staff supervision.
    What languages are spoken in the camps?
    For the Zitoway Sport & Adventure staff, the basic language is Italian, but several members speak English, Spanish and French fluently. Among the participants, given the presence of so many foreign runners, the language used is often English. The briefing is in Italian and English.
  2. Is there internet in the campsite?Being in the middle of the desert with a very small range even for a mobile phone, unfortunately there is no possibility of offering Internet service in the camps.
  3. Can I call in the Campsites?
    With personal telephone, normally yes, if there is a field.
  4. Which plug (adapter) do I need to charge the devices in the Campsites?
    European plugs; (Italian 3-pole) power strips connected with generator are supplied.
  5. How will my baggage be handled ?
    The baggage will be carried to the campsite and collected on arrival. 
  6. What is eaten in the campsite?
    Meals at camp is prepared by local staf, with our chef’s supervision and the use of italian products. 
  7. I have dietary needs what can I do?
    Communicate it in advance to the Born2Run agency who will inform the Zitoway Sport & Adventure staff.
  8. How are the showers? Is there hot water in the Campsites?
    Private hot showers are provided inside the tents.
  9. Are there toilets in the Campsites?
    Private toiltes are set inside the tents.
  10. What will I need in the camp, eg. sleeping bag, overalls, towel, shampoo?
    The following stuff is reccommended: mid-range sleeping bag, comfortable clothes for after-race, sweater or pile jacket for the night, a wind-proof shell, warm hat, slippers or sandals and personal toiletry kit.
  11. Can I throw my waste away in the campsite?
    Yes, there are waste collection bins.
  12. How is the drinking water in the Campsites?
    Drinking water is provided in sealed 1,5 liters bottles.
  1. What’s the climate like?
    The normal climate is hot desert, dry, with sun and clouds, although after the 19th edition of the 100km of the Sahara there was a bit of everything.
  2. How are the temperatures?
    temperatures during the months of April-May will be warm especially in the late morning hours. At night temperatures are lower without ever being cold with around 15-20 ° C.
  3. In what time zone does the 100km Del Sahara take place? GMT+1.
  4. Are there animals in the Sahara?
    It is possible to see dromedaries and maybe some goats. Then there are foxes, gazelles and scorpions but they are all very difficult to see.
  1. How is the terrain?
    The race course is characterized by the characteristic surfaces of desert territories: sand dunes, hard and compact tracks with crossings of sand tongues. For this edition sand will form the 70% of the race terrain.
  1. What is the mandatory material? There is a simple list of mandatory equipment for the race: at least 1 liter of water in the backpack water bag or water bottles, mineral salts, survival cloth, whistle, lighter, headlamp.
    A hat, sunglasses, high protective factor sunscreen, pocket knife and Compeed plasters are highly recommended.
    The compulsory material can be checked at any time and the lack of any element will cause the immediate penalty as per regulation.
  2. How is the track marked?
    Arrows, tape and high-visibility flags, some with the Zitoway logo.
  3. Where do I put the waste along the way?
    Zitoway Sport & Adventure is very keen to respect the natural environments where all its competitions take place and therefore it is totally forbidden, according to the regulation signed by all the participants, to throw waste along the way. The waste must be kept with you, in your backpack or pouch up to the refreshment points or the camp where you can find the bags for differentiated waste that the organization takes care of throwing in the appropriate containers.
  4. What is served in the refreshment points ?
    Water, tea, fruit, dates, biscuits.
  5. Is GPS useful ?
    Zitoway Sport & Adventure does not provide GPS track. Not necessary for orientation during the race.
    It can be useful for adjusting your pace or keeping track data. In the tented camps, you will find the charging points to keep the batteries charged to the maximum every day.
  6. Does the cell phone pick up along the way?
    Cell phone coverage is very variable, there are areas where it gets reception and others where it is impossible to connect.
  7. To participate in the race, do I need a medical certificate of competitive fitness?
    Rules vary depending on the participant’s country of origin. For the foreign runners no stress test certificate is mandatory, but a medical letter testifying the runner’s good physical shape would be appreciated. In any case, the signature of a responsibility waiver will be asked before the race start.
  8. Should I take out personal insurance?
    Integrating the basic insurance provided is recommended.
  9. Is there any Zitoway Staff along the route?
    Of course, the peculiarity of Zitoway Sport & Adventure as an organization is precisely that of giving the opportunity to enjoy a desert race in total safety and for this reason that the route is patrolled by different vehicles, 4x4s, quads, including that of the medical service. , all means that follow the race from start to finish.
  10. Can I use headphones and listen to music during the 100km of the Sahara?
  1. What are the best shoes for running on the sand?
    The ground is variated. We recommend fairly structured trail running shoes. Shoes bigger at least one number more than usual, since feet tent to swell due to heat. Shoes must be tested before the race.

  2. What socks ?
    Socks with separate toes can prevent blisters
  3. Do you need gaiters?
    They are recommended to avoid, in the stages of sand, that it enters the shoes and they are also used for the other stages to avoid the entry of small stones – but it is a personal decision since using the gaiters increases the heat inside the shoes so you have to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages.
  4. How do I dress for the race ?
    In the morning it can be quite cool, given the very early departures; so a long-sleeved technical shirt on before leaving can be useful. As the sun rises, temperatures rise very quickly and therefore shorts are fine; But beware of sunburn! Short-sleeved technical jersey is better than tank tops and high protection cream for those with fair complexions. Hat with veil is highly reccomended.

  5. I am a RUNNER: are poles useful i?
    If you are used to carrying them they can be useful, but there are no long climbs.
  6. Is anti-chafing cream useful?
    Anti-chafing cream may be fine as long as the weather holds – but if by any chance the desert wind kicks in with some sand, it might not be the best. If you are used to using it is fine, if not, it is almost better to find another solution.
  1. How Do I Prevent Blisters?
    Blisters are produced by the combination of three simultaneous situations: heat + humidity + rubbing. If we avoid one of these three factors, we can reduce the chance of blistering.

  2. For the heat– The ideal is to use appropriate socks; and shoes that allow adequate ventilation – and a little more abundant than the number we usually wear.

    For humidity – Change of socks (especially at the beginning of each stage) or talcum powder.

    For Rubbing – Appropriate socks, split-toed ones work very well. NOK cream (which, however, in a sandstorm could prove to be a problem) Compeed-type patches can be helpful.

  3. In the evening, what is the best way to treat / clean your feet?
    It is essential to wash and dry your feet perfectly to remove the very fine sand that infiltrates everywhere and creates friction. Any wounds need to be treated. A protective cream can be very helpful.
  4. What can I put in an emergency kit suitable for the areas?
    A broad spectrum antibiotic, an anti-diarrheal, lactic ferments (hygienic conditions are controlled in the fields, but the long journey and the different climatic conditions can sometimes cause some gastro-intestinal disturbances), an anti-pyretic (Tachipirina), a pain reliever (Brufen, Oki or similar). A small blister kit with antiseptic, bands and patches and perhaps a small syringe is useful. An elastic adhesive tape and maybe some artificial leather. (compeed). A medical h24 assistance is provided.

  5. I wear contact lenses, are there any contraindications?
    Sand can cause discomfort to contact lens wearers. If necessary, the use of glasses or frequent washing / changing of lenses, or daily, is recommended.