In March 2012, co-founders Allison Macsas & Gabe Steger took a personal vacation to Morocco where they traveled around largely on their own. They knew that they’d need a guide to take them into the Sahara, but had no real basis for choosing one – they figured they’d head to the last village and ask around. Many miles away from the Sahara, in Ourzazate, they crossed paths with a guide who asked if they’d like to visit the desert. His name was Hamid, and they took an instant liking to him and what he had to offer.

Allison & Gabe spent a total of three days with Hamid, mostly at his family’s camp in the Sahara. On the second night, under an amazing starscape, conversation turned to what incredible landscapes Morocco offered for runners and just like that, an idea was born.

Once back in Austin, they worked with Rogue Running to begin planning and to put the wheels in motion. Before they knew it, 20 people were registered! March rolled around, the trip was an incredible success and at that point it was clear that this is what they were going to do.

Rogue Expeditions is a division of Rogue Running, a local Austin company that also provides run specialty retail and training programs. Please feel free to contact us with any questions, or just to let us know about your run-travel dream destination.