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Sahraouiya 2018, highlights of a special edition of surprising and committed women 

Written by FDM

After five days of intense competition in Dakhla, the 70 women taking part in the 4th edition of the 100% female “Sahraouiya” solidarity raid have ended the competition dead beat but so proud to have represented their association. Highlight in pictures.

3.5 km of canoeing, 1 km of orienteering on the “île au dragon”, then back at 2.5 km of canoe, 3 km of trail, and finally 18 km of mountain bike, this is the last step that the 35 teams overcame on Thursday, February 8 during the solidarity challenge “Sahraouiya”.

An event organized in Dakhla by the Lagon Dakhla association and the Dakhla Attitude Beach club hotel supported by many national partners such as OCP, RAM or MDJS and the Carrefour Label’Vie group.

The first to cross the finish line? Fatima Zahra Lazrak and Asma El Mahati, sponsored by Passage Fitness, who sported bib 16. The duo has outdone themselves for the association SOS Children’s Villages.

Since February 4, the 70 women involved in associations in France, Morocco and other African countries have chained the sporting events. “I am surprised by the very good level of the participants,” saids the organizer, Leila Ouachi, before stressing that “when we started the first edition, we had 80% of foreign participants and 20% of Moroccan women. Today, it’s the opposite.” And as a result numerous Moroccan associations. Among them, Touche pas à mon enfant, Espoir, Oum Aachar for social and  environmental action or Oued Noun, an association supported by women from the Southern Province who, this year, are also much more likely to run for a good cause. A solidarity that is naturally found among the various competitors who have continued to support, motivate and laugh throughout this challenge.