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Rally Aïcha des Gazelle, all Female Rally Celebrates 29th Edition In Sahara Desert

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29th Edition of Morocco’s Rally Des Gazelles

The 29th edition of the Rally Aïcha des Gazelles took place in Morocco from the March 16th – 30th. The all-female competition tests the tenacity and perseverance of competitors and symbolically demonstrates the strength of Moroccan women; in 2019 over 150 teams competed. Despite the challenges, many participants are not first-time racers.  Karima Laaroussi and Dunia Beni are two women that have competed in Rally Aïcha des Gazelles multiple times, between them both they can count 21 desert races. ” We are always happy to see the country and landscape. The difficult part is staying concentrated. You always have to stay concentrated. One error can be fatal.” The competition follows a 1300 km circuit and runs from the coastline of Essaouira, down into the deep Sahara desert. Competitors are only allowed to use a map, compass and a navigational plotter – GPS, cellphones, and binoculars are not allowed.