Marathon des Sables in Pictures

Stage 3 of the 34rd edition of the Marathon des Sables between Kourci Dial Zaid and Jebel El Mraïer in the southern Moroccan Sahara desert. JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP/Getty Images
The first stage of the Marathon des Sables (also known as Sahara Marathon) between El Borouj and Tisserdmine. The six-day, 251 km-long ultramarathon takes place in one of the world's most inhospitable climates. JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP/Getty Images
The fourth stage of the Marathon des Sables between Jebel El Mraier and Rich Mbirika in the southern Moroccan Sahara desert. JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP/Getty Images
Stage 2 between Tisserdimine and Kourci Dial Zaid in the southern Moroccan Sahara desert. JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP/Getty Images
Part of stage 3 of the Marathon des Sables. JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP/Getty Images
The marathon is a 250km race through a formidable landscape in one of the world's most inhospitable climates. JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP/Getty Images
The first stage between El Borouj and Tisserdmine in the southern Moroccan Sahara desert. JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP/Getty Images
Part of the first stage of the Marathon des Sables. JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP/Getty Images
A competitor, left, during the fourth stage between Jebel El Mraier and Rich Mbirika. JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP/Getty Images
A competitor walks ahead of men with dromedaries during the fourth stage. JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP/Getty Images
A competitor splashes water on his face during the fourth stage. JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP/Getty Images
Competitors receive foot care during the third stage. JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP/Getty Images
Taking care of the feet in the southern Moroccan Sahara desert. JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP/Getty Images
The fourth stage between Jebel El Mraier and Rich Mbirika. JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP/Getty Images
Stage 2 between Tisserdimine and Kourci Dial Zaid. JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP/Getty Images
The 250km race goes through a formidable landscape in one of the world's most inhospitable climates. JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP/Getty Images
Stage 3 between Kourci Dial Zaid and Jebel El Mraïer in the southern Moroccan Sahara desert. JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP/Getty Images
Stage 2 between Tisserdimine and Kourci Dial Zaid. JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP/Getty Images
Competitors rest during the fourth stage of the 34th edition of the Marathon des Sables. JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP/Getty Images