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January 05, 2011

International Women's Off-Road Rally Returns to Morocco for the 21st Year

Photo: MaiengaThe race is on in Morocco!  Registration is open for The Rallye Aicha des Gazelles, the only all-women’s off-road rally raid in the world!  The rally is a grueling test of driving skill and navigation across southern Morocco’s most beautiful and challenging terrain. The rally is unique whereby teams are not allowed technological assistance.  In the absence of GPS, communications and service crews, teams must find the shortest distance between the checkpoints over nine days of competition with only the aid of traditional navigation – compass, outdated maps, and plotters.  The event is an incredible test of endurance, patience, and teamwork, pushing competitors to their limits.  Over 110 teams are expected to compete in the event – including professional drivers, athletes, celebrities and adventurers from across the globe.  Plus, it's all for a fantastic cause.  Keep reading for details...

Photo from the 2010 rally, courtesy of Team Miller Fisher The Rallye Aicha des Gazelles was founded in 1990 by Dominque Serra and is managed by Maienga Communications, France.  In addition to being the only all-women’s rally raid in the world and a serious navigation test, the Gazelles Rally is known and respected for its non-profit organization, Heart of Gazelles.  Through broad reaching humanitarian efforts, the Heart of Gazelles brings aid to the region through extensive medical aid, support to orphanages and schools, sustainable development for villages, and job development for women.  The rally is recognized as the only motorsport event globally with ISO 14001 Certification, having adopted strict environmental and citizen-friendly mandates and commitments.

The Rallye takes place in France and Morocco, and runs from March 19th – April 2nd, and for interested participants, the deadline for registration is February 19th, 2011. Early registration for discounted rates is September 30th, 2010.

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