Useful Technical Data

Course.

 Preparing the courseThe course is in the Menara district of Marrakech and includes the Ghabat Chabab olive grove with trees planted in a special project by the young people of the town in the 1960s. It is overlooked by the Atlas mountains, which are one hour away by road. Unlike the specially-laid turf in Turin last year, the grass has been grown from seed on the course, irrigated by a system of 600 sprinklers. Apart from four ramps, the largest of which is 2.5m in height, the course is flat with no obstacles.

 

Race Distances. The races will include small (1415 metres) and big (2000 metres) circuits, plus a starting straight. The races will comprise the following circuits:

Senior Men’s Long Race - 12 kilometres - 1 small circuit plus 5 big circuits

Senior Men’s Short Race - 4 kilometres - 1 small circuit plus 1 big circuit

Junior Men’s Race - 8 kilometres - 1 small circuit plus 3 big circuits

Senior Women’s Long Race - 8 kilometres - 1 small circuit plus 3 big circuits

Senior Women’s Short Race - 4 kilometres - 1 small circuit plus 1 big circuit

Junior Women’s Race - 4 kilometres - 1 small circuit plus 1 big circuit

Scoring. Six athletes from each country’s team can start the race, with the best placed four scoring for their team

Altitude. The altitude of Marrakech is 452 metres above sea level

Temperature. The average highest temperature in Marrakech in March is 24C

Junior Races. To be eligible to compete in the junior race, athletes must be under 20 for the whole of 1998. Therefore, they must be born after December 31, 1978

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