SPOT Gen3 When your adventures take you beyond cell service, SPOT Gen3 lets family and friends know you're ok or sends emergency responders your GPS location, all at the push of a button. Add this rugged, pocket-sized device to your essential gear and stay connected wherever you roam.
Key Features
  • Send S.O.S. messages to emergency responders
  • Send predefined text/email from virtually anywhere
  • Motion-activated tracking options
  • Select 2½, 5, 10, 30 or 60 minute tracking intervals
  • Long battery life and plug-in power option

As the toughest foot race on Earth goes global, it reconfirms commitment to SPOT

Since 2015, oganisers of the MARATHON DES SABLES (MDS) have used the SPOT Gen3 satellite tracker to safeguard and track more than 1,200 extreme athletes as they traverse vast expanses of Morocco's desert in searing heat. In fact, in the last three races supported by SPOT, no fewer than 45 competitors have been rescued within minutes thanks to SPOT Gen3.


Held for over 32 years, MDS has rightfully been dubbed The World's Toughest Foot Race, putting participants to the test with a gruelling, multi-stage challenge of strength and endurance across the inhospitable Sahara Desert. Now the world's toughest athletes can also take part in two new extreme events: the half MDS in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands in September 2017 and another full-length MDS race in Peru in November 2017.


The full events in the Sahara Desert, Morocco and in the Ica Desert,Peru comprise of six marathons in six days, covering over 250km of desert sands, with athletes carrying all their essential supplies except for water and a tent. The half MDS in Fuerteventura, will involve four days of running across 120km of sand dunes and arid terrain.


Every competitor carries a rugged, lightweight SPOT Gen3 unit so organisers can track their progress. SPOT's satellite enabled tracking helps officials ensure athletes don't stray off course; and SPOT's one-touch SOS button is standing by if they face an emergency or are in distress.


At every event, MDS officials will use SPOT to monitor the location of athletes and in the event of an emergency, coordinate support teams including security and medical vehicles, helicopters and even a camel.


SPOT partner, WAA Tracking, processes the tracking data from the SPOT devices and enables family, sponsors and supporters to follow the race live and to track the performances of their favourite athletes. They are also notified by email when their chosen athlete approaches the end of each stage so they can watch them cross the finish line live on the webcam.


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