Runner Dies at Marathon Des Sables 2007 (MDS)

After Stage Three

Morrocans lead the MDS 1,2 and 3 with the Ahancel brothers in first and second place and in third place is Aziz El Akad. First lady is Frenchwoman Laurence Fricotteaux in 19th place overall who has half an hour or so on Morrocan Touda Didi. Third lady is Géraldine Courdesses also from France.

However the sad news is that one of the runners passed away this morning. This is posted on the site.

” It is with deep sadness that Race Director Patrick Bauer and all the organisation of MARATHON DES SABLES informs you of the death of Bernard Julé from France, N°53, today 29.03.07 at 06H35.
Bernard Julé was found unconscious by his tent-mates at 6H30 this morning. The organisation’s medical team was called immediately and confirmed his death.
c had run a good course from the beginning. He had sought no medical aid and his medical file showed no risk factor.

According to his tent-mates, Bernard had run the 70km long stage well, finishing at 18h30 yesterday. He arrived in very good spirits. At 3H30 this morning he woke up to welcome his mates back to the bivouac.

Patrick Bauer, the organisation and the competitors extend their warmest sympathy to Bernard’s family and friends.

A minute’s silence was held on the bivouac.”

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