Running for peace in the Sahel

Niger held its first marathon under the slogan “Running for peace in the Sahel”. The “Grand Marathon du Ténéré” took place on 29 December 2019 around the city of Agadez in northern Niger. It aimed to help put a stop to the isolation of this troubled region. For security reasons, the precise itinerary of the marathon was kept secret until 24 hours before kick-off. Some 800 runners from Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, France, Morocco, Niger and Togo took part in the race. They were protected by some 100 soldiers and 100 police officers. The men’s marathon was won by the Nigerien Rabé Hassaou in 2h50’22. The female winner, Djérikou Bentille from Benin, completed the 42 km in 3h05’28.

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