A legendary distance

in a unique environment

Nefta palm grove

as start and finish line

Chott el Jerid salt lake

an unforgettable place

Special programme

for walkers

Taken care by

careful organization


Chott Marathon Xtreme:
For Runner’s
The race offers two classical distances: the marathon, 42.195 km and the halfmarathon, 21,097 km. The itinerary extends for 30 km inside the salt lake while 12 km approximately are run inside the palm oasis .
The half marathon will obviously have a shorter distance but with the same features
For Walkers: solo 21 km.


Possible safety measures will apply only in case Covid-19 restrictions will be confirmed.

  • Max nr. 100 participants
  • Transfers by bus with limited, reduced seats for safety reasons
  • Single or double rooms with single beds
  • Controlled meals distribution and safety distances between tables
  • Individual start every 30”, with fixed start time


Completely marker itinerary with signs, hi-visibility ribbons and beachflags. Organization's 4x4 technical and medical vehicles patrol the race itinerary during the entire event.
If needed, it's possible to be carried back to the hotel.

Time left to the nextedition


The Race

Group accommodation will be in Nefta, by the only hotel presently open, Caravanserrail 3 stars hotel, featuring a swimming pool and a pretty good services’ standard, perfectly fitting the needs of sportsmen and succesfully used in the previous editions.

The hotel position allows race start and arrival directly by the hotel itself !
Marathon start time is fixed in the very early morning, aorund 5,00 AM, with dark, directly from the hotel. Dawn will slowly replace dark and sunrise will bring amazing colours and light to the Chott salt lake: an unforgettable show. The half marathon will start two hours later from km 21; a transfer will be arranged to the start line, while arrival will be by the hotel, as for all the participants.
The sun reflecting on salt’s crust, the endless, flat horizon and the colours ever changing, hour by hour, will make this program a great memory for all the runners.




Registration flight from Italy included
  • Italy-Tunis flight
  • Tunis-Tozeur flight or bus transfer
  • Transfer Airport-Hotel
  • Hotel Caravanserail full board. (water included at meals)
  • Hotel in Tunis with dinner and airport transfer.
  • Italian medical assistance
  • Italian tourist assistance
  • Insurance

Race registration

Runners and walkers
Compreso Race bib
  • Race bib
  • Race T-shirt
  • Medal
  • Water points
  • Medical assistance (italian doctors)
  • Technical assistance
  • Transfer to start line

Not included

  • Airport taxes (approx. € 90)
  • Single room supplement: 4 nights € 120.
  • Wine and drinks during meals
  • Possible personal insurances.
  • Anything not mentioned in “included”

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Chott Marathon Xtreme

saturday october 16th 2021


  • Arrival in Tozeur from Italy and transfer to Hotel Caravaserrail in Nefta by bus; possible option by domestic flight operated by Tunisair express.
  • Cena e pernottamento in hotel.

sunday october 17th 2021

Free day with optional excursion

  • 8.00 AM Wake up, breakfast and excursion by 4×4 vehicles to mountain oasis of Tamerza, Chibika and Mides (optional).
  • 1.00 PM back to hotel, lunch and relax by the pool. Possible free excursion to Tozeur.
  • 5.30 PM technical race briefing and race bib delivery.
  • 7.00 PM Dinner and overnight

monday, october 18th 2021

Race start

  • 4.00 AM wake up and breakfast.
  • 5.00 AM MARATHON start from the hotel; half marathon start to follow (runners’ start will be individual every 30 seconds)
  • 5.30 AM transfer to km 21 for half marathon runners; race start: 7.00 AM
  • From 8.00 AM approx. first runner arrival at the finish line by the hotel.
  • 1.00 PM lunch and free afternoon for resting or optional excursions.
  • 7.30 PM dinner and award ceremony, overnight.

tuesday, october 19th 2021

Flight to Tunis

  • Wake up and breakfast, transfer by bus to Tunis, (possible option by domestic flight operated by Tunisair express), dinner and overnight

wedensday, october 20th 2021


  • Wake up and breakfast.
  • Transfer to airport, end of services

Here following some

  1. Wjhat documents do I need ?
    Passport, no visa required.
  2. Do I need any vaccination ?
    No vaccination required.
  3. What’s Tunisian currency – how much I need ?
    Tunisian currency is Dinar. 1 dinar = €0,30 (Feb 2019) Money only needed for personal shopping.
  4. SIM card ?
    It’s advisable to buy a local operator SIM.
  1. How’s the flight schedule?
    Departure on saturday october 16th 2021, return on wedensday october 20th 2021. Flight from Milan and Rome via Tunis; possible connection to Tozeur and transfer to Hotel.
  2. How transfers are operated ?
    All transfers are by bus.
  1. How’s the accommodation ?
    For the entire event is at hotel Caravanserrai in Nefta
  1. How’s the weather?
    Usual weather is desertic hot, dry with possible sun/clouds alternation.
  2. How are temperatures ?
    During the race’s hours by daylight, temperatures range 25-28°C, rising up to 30-35° during the hottest hours. By nighttime temperatures lower down to 15-20°C approximately.
  3. Time zone ? GMT+1.
  4. How’s the terrain ?
    A lunar landscape. An endless trail stretching in a salt dry sea whose crystals shine under the sun and mirages at the horizon. A surreal panorama that seems limitless, bewitches and carves deep inside.
  5. Are there animals ?
    Some small mammals in the palm grove, very seldom within the salt lake.
  1. How’s the race terrain ?
    It’s mainly made of hard, crusty salt surface. In the palm grove is possible to cross some softer sand sections.
  1. What is the compulsory equipment ? There’s a simple list:
    1 liter minimum of water; mineral salts, survival blanket, whistle, lighter, headlamp.Highly reccomended: hat, sunglasses, hi-protective sunscreen, multi-tool knife and Compeed plasters.
    The compulsory equipment can be checked by the organization’s staff at any moment and any missing item will result in a penalty, as per race rules and regulations.
  2. How’s the itinerary marked ?
    Signs, hi-visibility ribbons and beachflags, mostly with Zitoway logo.
  3. How do I manage litter ?
    Zitoway Sport & Adventure is very strict about environment protection, therefore is strictly forbidden to litter all along the itinerary during the race. Rubbish must be stored in own backpack or waistbelt pack until a water point – or the finishl line – is reached.
  4. What do I find at the waterpoints ?
    Water, tea, fruits, dates, biscuits.
  5. Is GPS useful ?
    Zitoway Sport & Adventure doesn’t provide any GPS track. It’s not necessary for orientation during the race, being the itinerary completely marked and patrolled by our vehicles. It can be useful though for own pacing and personal records.
  6. Does mobile phone works along the itinerary ?
    Mobile coverage is very unstable and in some sections the signal is totally not available.
  7. Do I need any medical certificate to take part ?
    Rules depend on participant’s nationality. Better to check before the departure.
  8. Is a personal insurance reccomended ?
    Yes, it’s highly reccomended.
  9. Is Zitoway staff available alon the race itinerary ?
    Yes, we provide full assistance to make this desert race the safest possible. The itinerary is continuously patrolled by 4×4 vehicles and quad bikes, including of course the doctors’ ones.
  10. Can I use ear plugs during my run ?
  1. What kind of shoes do I have to choose?
    The terrain is pretty variated. We suggest trail running shoes with a solid construction. Buying a size bigger than usual is reccomended, since feet tent to swell due to high temperatures. Shoes must be used and tested before the race.
  2. Which socks are reccomended ?
    Socks with separate toes have proved to be pretty good for preventing blisters.
  3. Do I need gaiters ?
    Gaiters are advisable to prevent sand and pebbles to enter the shoes, expecially of course in the sand dunes sections. On the other end gaiters increase the feet temperatures and sweating, so in the end one must well evaluate pros and cons.
  4. How do I need to dress for the run ?
    Early in the morning, at start time, temperatures can be pretty crisp; so a technical long sleeve shirt before the start can be useful.
    At sunrise temperatures rise very quickly so shorts are fine but pay attention to sunbursts ! Technical T-shirts are better than tank tops, while a hi-protection sunscreen is highly reccomended to runners with pale complexion. A hat with veil is also highly reccomended.
  5. I take part in the Chott Marathon as a RUNNER: are trekking poles useful ?
    If you’re accustomed to use them is fine, but there are no long climbs.
  6. Is anti-friction cream useful ?
    With no wind carrying sand it’s OK, but in case of wind it can make things worst.
    1. How can I prevent blisters?
      Blisters come from the combination of three simultaneous conditions:
      hot + humidity + friction.
      Avoiding at least one of these conditions can reduce the probability of developing blisters.

Hot – You need to use proper socks and shoes offering an appropriate ventilation – with a size bigger than usual.

Humidity – Spare socks, expecially at the start of every stage and talcum.

Friction – Proper socks, expecially those with separate toes work pretty well. NOK cream is good (except in case of sandstorm). Compeed plasters can help.

  1. After the stage, what is the best treatment for the feet ?
    It’s necessary to perfectly wash and dry the feet in order to remove even the tiniest grain of  sand that enters everywhere and cause friction.
    It’s also necessary to medicate any possible wound. A protective cream can help.
  2. What I better carry in my emergency/medical kit ?
    Wide-spectrum antibiothics, anti-dhiarrea medications, lactic enzymes (at camps sanitary care is well applied, but during the long approaching trip different conditions can cause some gastro-intestine problems), antipyretics, a painkiller.
    Useful to have a smal “blister kit” with an antispetic, plasters, compeed, second skin and bandage.
    In any case a h24 medical assistance is granted throughout the event.
  3. I use contact lenses, any  contraindication ?
    Sand can cause some ailment to contact lenses’ users. It’s advisable to use glasses or at least a frequent wash/change of the lenses.
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