Arrive in Marrakech, where we will pick you up at the airport and take you to our beautiful riad (traditional courtyard house). That evening you will get your first taste of Moroccan tagine as we dine on the rooftop, relax, and unwind. Those who manage to hold off the jet lag can experience the Djemaa El-fna and the surrounding souks: sample local treats, bargain for scarves, charm a cobra, jump into a drum circle or simply wander around and take it all in!
No running / Meals: D
DAY 2: THE HIDDEN VALLEY
Depart from Marrakech by 4×4 vehicles towards the High Atlas mountain town of Imlil with views of terraced valleys, blooming almond trees, flowing creeks and the highest mountain in northern Africa, Jebel Toubkal (13,670ft). From here we begin our run on a quiet dirt road that takes us along a gorgeous valley with non-stop views of the surrounding snow-capped peaks. Finish with a fresh picnic lunch and a relaxed evening in a beautiful, cozy guesthouse with spectacular views!
Running: Up to 8 miles, dirt road and some single track / Meals: BLD
DAY 3: EARN YOUR VIEWS
Fell in love with Imlil? Good, because you get to stay a bit longer… and earn your way to fantastic views! This run has a bit of everything: we’ll begin from our riad, warming up with a bit of pavement before hitting a rolling dirt road that winds above the valley and below the highest peaks in North Africa, eventually culminating with a challenging single track climb climb to a pass with a big reward at the top - 360 degree views and fresh orange juice! Cruise back down to finish back at the hotel with plenty of time to relax and recover on the sunny rooftop terrace, or get out and explore the village shops.
Running: Up to 12 miles, pavement, dirt road & technical mountain single track Meals: BLD
DAY 4: WAY OFF THE TOURIST TRACK
After breakfast we will head towards the Tizi n’ Test mountain pass, one of the most spectacular drives in all of Morocco. As we begin to descend we will leave the pavement behind and take the road less traveled. From here we will run down into the Souss Valley, taking in sweeping mountain views and passing through tiny, remote villages along the way. Prepare to be joined by local kids! After a picnic in the palm oasis, we'll head to Taroudant where you can relax poolside or go out and explore the 9th century medina while dinner is prepared.
Running: Up to 9 miles, dirt road / Meals: BLD
DAY 5: THE MAGICAL ANTI ATLAS
Today we head for the Anti Atlas mountains and the picturesque village of Tafaroute. This is a land of soaring red cliffs, crumbling kasbahs and soft, magical sunlight. After getting settled into the hotel we'll head out for an easy evening shakeout run amid surreal rock formations and the famous painted rocks; once again, bring a camera! After that, get some rest - tomorrow is the long run!
Running: Up to 10 miles, pavement and dirt road / Meals: BLD
DAY 6: THE LONG RUN
After a light breakfast we'll head out for the long run. Those who choose to run the full 18 miles will begin with a loooong climb accompanied by sweeping views of the Ameln Valley. The reward comes as you descend into a deep canyon and a thick, endless river of date palms - it's magical! Finish with a picnic in the oasis before heading back to the hotel for an easy afternoon of recovery by the pool.
Running: Up to 18 miles, pavement Meals: BLD
DAY 7: TO THE COAST
Rest day! After a relaxed morning we will head for the coast and the quaint fishing village-turning-surfing-mecca of Taghazout. Spend the afternoon and evening as you wish: take surfing lessons, explore the village or simply indulge in a book and the sound of the ocean.
No organized run Meals: BLD
DAY 8: PARADISE VALLEY
After waking up to the sound of the ocean, we’ll set out for the trails of a very special mountain valley and our final run. Expect rugged terrain and photo opps galore with canyons, palms and swimming holes! The rest of the evening will be for soaking in the laid-back vibes of Taghazout and enjoying a very special final dinner together.
Running: Up to 13 miles, dirt road and technical trail Meals: BLD
DAY 9: DEPARTURE
This is it! Wake up to a tasty breakfast and get packed up before departing for Marrakech. We’ll arrive with plenty of time to board flights home, or to connect to further travel.