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Checkpoints and reality checks

As she makes her away across the Moroccan desert, Gazelle Rally participant Emily Miller confronts the incongruity of an event in which well-to-do racers drive by the homes of the impoverished locals.

Updated: April 1, 2011, 1:15 PM ET
By Emily Miller

Emily Miller is an off-road racer who is competing in the Rallye Aicha des Gazelles, an annual women's-only, two-week, 1,500-mile race across the desert of southern Morocco. She's blogging about her experience for espnW.

Morocco is a fascinating country -- exotic and stunning. And the people are lovely -- kind and happy. So I'm often unsettled by the contrast between our colorful vehicles, filled with well-to-do racers, rushing along a route where the poverty of the locals is starkly ...

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