SPOT Provide Satellite Tracking and Safety for The Toughest Foot Race on Earth: MARATHON DES SABLES
The Marathon Des Sables (MDS) saw the world's toughest runners take on the challenge of a lifetime, facing the most extreme terrain as they raced across the sands of Morocco in temperatures as high as 50C!
Each participant, some 1,450 extreme athletes representing over 70 nations, used the latest version of SPOT from Globalstar, the SPOT Gen3 throughout the entire race to ensure their safety.
With SPOT 3’s, MDS race organisers and emergency support services were able to precisely track each runner's location via a user-friendly display of GPS positions in real-time via the DREAMAP platform. If a racer was to get into any trouble, such as sustaining an injury, with the single press of a button, emergency services could have been alerted, his or her GPS coordinates would then have been transmitted, and help would have been rapidly dispatched to the runner's location – luckily there were no emergencies!