Puerto Peñasco (aka Rocky Point) is preparing to welcome back the 2nd edition of the Grand Desert Race, set to take place Oct. 14th – 15th over area deserts, dunes, and marshes.
Together with race coordinators Fernando del Olmo and Jorge Bourgues, Puerto Peñasco mayor Jorge Pivac recently presented details about the significant event, which will once again put Puerto Peñasco on the national and international map. The 2023 Grand Desert Race will bring together runners from across Mexico and 10 countries of the Americas and Europe, who will engulf themselves in the heart of the Sonoran Desert and marshes of the Sea of Cortez.
Coursing over diverse plains, the Grand Desert Race offers four competition categories: the 75KM Ultra Trail, 50 KM Mega Run, 25 KM Beach & Desert Run, and a 10KM Family Run. This last category is designed particularly so that amateur race fans and entire families can participate.
Committee organizer Fernando del Olmo indicated for this 2nd edition of the Grand Desert Race, “A Labyrinth without Barriers”, they expect approximately 600 competitors from across Mexico, including indigenous runners, as well as from countries such as Colombia, Argentina, Spain, Canada, Chile, among others that promote healthy sport tourism.
Del Olmo detailed the race is planned well in advance and they are currently fine-tuning work on logistics, route maps, as well as safety and support points together with municipal agencies and with support from the Sonora Ministry of Tourism.
By race date, organizers hope to have Mexico’s Secretary of Tourism, Miguel Torruco Marqués, along with Sonora Governor Alfonso Durazo on hand to inaugurate the event.