15 – 24 May 2024
520 km in the Namib desert
The Namib Desert
THE TRACK Namibia takes place in southern Namibia, between the Swakop River in the Erongo region and the Sossusvlei dunes in the Namib-Naukluft National Park. The itinerary will first introduce you to the Valley of the Moon and its multiple canyons shaped by erosion for hundreds of millions of years, to give it this aspect of the lunar surface.
The route will then continue through Namib-Naukluft Park. Runners will enjoy crossing the Gaub pass and the Kuiseb pass. Folded shale geological formation through which the Kuiseb river has carved an impressive canyon. This river marks the boundary between the huge northern rocky plains and the southern sea of sand.
After having crossed the tropic of Capricorn between the two passes, we will continue the route towards the south and the lands of Solitaire, a small town in central Namibia. The last part of the race will take us to Sesriem and the Sossusvlei dunes, one of the most spectacular places in southern Africa.
520 km in Namibia
THE TRACK Namibia is a foot race of 520 km in 9 stages (10 days of competition) and in food self-sufficiency. Each competitor must carry a backpack containing the compulsory equipment, food and personal equipment. The event takes place in Southern Namibia.
The participants must follow the route as marked by the organizers and indications of the map given before the race. There are check points located at regular intervals. Every night a bivouac is organized by our teams. A technical support and a medical team are present during the event.
Competitors who cannot respect the limit time (10 hours) can stay in the race. They will be classified according to the kilometers they ran during the event.
Save the dates
Monday 13 May 2024
- 11 am: Meeting at the hotel of the organization
- Transfer from Windhoek to the departure camp (4 hours drive)
- 3 pm: Installation at the camp
- 7 pm: Dinner & night in a bivouac
Tuesday 14 May 2024
- 8 am: Breakfast on the bivouac
- 9 am: Administrative, technical and medical checks
- 12 pm: Lunch at the bivouac and free afternoon
- 6 pm: Briefing with the participants
- 7 pm: Dinner & overnight in bivouac
Wednesday 15 May 2024
Stage 1: 37 km / 10 hours
Thursday 16 May 2024
Stage 2: 70 km / 12 hours
Friday 17 May 2024
Stage 3: 41 km / 10 hours
Saturday 18 May 2024
Stage 4: 44 km / 10 hours
Sunday 19 May 2024
Stage 5: 38 km / 10 hours
Monday 20 May 2024
Stage 6: 54 km / 10 hours
Tuesday 21 May 2024
Stage 7: 45 km / 10 hours
Wednesday 22 May 2024
Stage 8: 54 km / 10 hours
Thursday 23 & Friday 24 May 2024
Stage 9: 137 km / 35 hours
- Check-In at the hotel on the 27 May in the afternoon
- 7 pm: Awards ceremony
- 8 pm: Dinner & overnight at the hotel
Saturday 25 May 2024
- 8 am: Breakfast at the hotel & rest of the day free
- 7 pm: Dinner & overnight at the hotel
Sunday 26 May 2024
- 8 am: Breakfast at the hotel
- 9 am: Transfer from Sesriem to Windhoek (5 hours drive)
⇒ Avani Windhoek Hotel & Casino
Address: 129 Independence Av., Gustav Voigts Centre, Windhoek, Namibia.
Phone number: +264 61 280 0000
⇒ Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport.
(code IATA : WDH • code OACI : FYWH)
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Frequently asked Questions
What equipment are compulsory for THE TRACK Namibia?
During the pre-race checks, each participant must present the following equipment:
- Backpack x1
- Sleeping bag x1
- Lighter x1
- Compass x1
- Knife (blade: 3,5 cm min.) x1
- Mirror (diameter: 6 cm min.) x1
- Whistle x1
- Survival blanket x1
- Headlamp x2
- Additional batteries x4
- Kit to cook & to eat x1
- Solid fuel tablets x20
- Medical pocket for the first aid x1
- Salt tablets x20
- Water bidons of 1 liter x2 (or similar)
- Bag with food (5 days of competition) x2
How will I be able to orient myself on the course?
Participants must imperatively follow the course provided by the organization under penalty of penalty. The course will be marked by the organization team. In addition, before departure, participants will have a map with the route, distances, directions to follow as well as the particularities of the course. The absence of a card during the event will result in a penalty.
How will we be accommodated during the event?
During the race the participants sleep in tents (two people per tent).
How to join the group in Windhoek?
Registration fees do not include air tickets. Participants must individually manage transport (plane and airport transfer) to reach the meeting point with the group. Participants must be on Monday May 13 at the Avani Windhoek Hotel in downtown Windhoek.
How do I validate my registration?
To register for THE TRACK Namibia, we ask you to send us the registration form duly completed and signed. This document can be sent by mail or email. You must also send us a copy of your passport, a repatriation insurance certificate. Finally, to confirm your registration, you must pay the deposit.-> Entry fees details
What is the deadline to register?
There is no deadline to register for THE TRACK Namibia but we limit the number of participants at 25.