Moroccans dominate men’s competition, while five nationalities fill women’s top five during the first stage of the world's longest desert race.

The firing of a starting pistol sends 783 runners through the start of the Marathon des Sables as they begin the first stage on Sunday, April 7. Photo courtesy of Marathon des Sables.
Anton interned with Morocco World News as a news correspondent and staff photographer from March to May 2019.