The 4 Deserts Ultramarathon Series is widely recognized as the most PRESTIGIOUS FOOTRACE series in the world
The series consists of the Namib Race (Namibia), Gobi March (Mongolia), Atacama Crossing (Chile) and The Last Desert (Antarctica). Competitors in the races traverse 250 kilometers in seven days over rough country terrain with only a place in a tent and water provided. They are supported by highly qualified staff, all with experience in hiking, marathons and ultramarathons, and medical teams specializing in wilderness medicine.
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05 Oct 22
The 16th Atacama Crossing has Concluded
Relive the Atacama Crossing through photos and videos.
01 Sep 22
Lubbock couple completes ultramarathon; trekking 155 miles, strengthening marriage
Ken and Jana Stephenson completed RacingThePlanet: Lapland, a race through the northern region of Finland.
25 Aug 22
NEXT RACE is the Atacama Crossing on 25 August
Get ready to race or follow the 3rd race this year - the Atacama Crossing (Chile) on 25 September.
14 Aug 22
Takuya Wakaoka of Japan and Sarah Oppermann of Ireland have won RacingThePlanet: Lapland
Takuya Wakaoka of Japan and Sarah Oppermann of Ireland have won RacingThePlanet: Lapland after running 250 kilometers (155 miles) across the heart of Lapland, north of the Arctic Circle.
01 Aug 22
Register for RacingThePlanet 2023
Check out the races scheduled for our 20-year anniversary in 2023. Very special celebrations are planned for all the races.
25 Jul 22
Mongolia is open! There are no travel restrictions!
The 17th Edition of the Gobi March is set to return on 18 June. There are no more COVID-19 restrictions to enter Mongolia. Yippee.
20 Jul 22
Countdown to Lapland
Just 20 days until the 13th Edition of the RacingThePlanet Ultramarathon begins in Lapland! See who's competing, and our amazing group of volunteers.
06 Jul 22
The Atacama Crossing is back after 3 years!
We are super excited to return to desert oasis of San Pedro de Atacama for the spectacular Atacama Crossing for the first time since 2019.
26 Jun 22
NEXT RACE is RacingThePlanet: Lapland on 14 August
That's a wrap for Georgia. Next up RacingThePlanet: Lapland in 7 weeks. It's not too late to join ....
23 Jun 22
The Special Edition of RacingThePlanet Georgia 2022 is LIVE now
Follow the race as it happens including Results, Photos, Videos, Blogs, Breaking News and more ....
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Why I Raced
Kazuko Kaihata (Japan)
Thank you for guiding my dream to Antarctica. I will be 67 next year. Thank you for giving me the chance to challenge.
Sumanth Cidambi (India)
It changed my life in a manner unimaginable to me earlier.
Louise Cooper (United States)
Thank you for an amazing race experience! I loved every minute. You always put on such a class event, and I was so thrilled to be a part of it. I came home with lots of warm fuzzies (and very chapped lips). I so appreciate the invitation and all the fuss you made of us. Being with some of those “real” runners was energizing and inspirational. Makes me want to do so much more!!
Kuba Zwoliński (Poland)
Atacama was my dream for the last 10 years and the whole race was amazing fun.
Ashley Burke (Australia)
These races fulfil both these passions during a week spent pushing boundaries in a new country every time. The races are meticulously organised and, regardless of which corner of the world they are held in, they follow a set and proven model, flawlessly executed. The staff are professional and the medical people are highly trained. Safety is maintained at a high standard without diminishing the adventurous nature of the activity. Great staff and volunteers cheer on competitors and offer every support and motivation.
Thomas Stordalen (Norway)
Atacama Crossing in 2016 really changed my life and to get back there and finish after my dropout in Namibia was one of the most emotional things I've been through in my whole life. I've been struggling with so many things in my life but in the Atacama Desert I left some ugly demons behind me. Today I'm the happiest man on the planet, I have my dream job and I'm running everyday. One day in the future my big dream is to do the Gobi March and that time will come in a couple of years. Thank you so much!
Linda Quirk (USA)
I keep coming back for more and more because I love the challenge, the adventure and most importantly I love the life-long friendships that I have been so fortunate to have developed. If it were not for RTP I would not have connected with my sister from another mother and continent … we met almost 10 years ago in the Sahara Desert. Many laughs have been had with Sandy and Colin Suckling, two of my most favorite people on this planet who I have had the great fortune of experiencing other RTP events and other adventures around the world with!!
Avi Blaiberg (Israel)
Each race has its moments. Sometimes it's the view/scenery, sometimes it's personal moments of spiritual "high"… of full connection with nature, sometimes it's the people, and the best is the combination of all the above.
Karen Wei (Canada)
How do I push myself... I just keep reminding myself that the finish line - for the day and for the week - will be worth it. And it always is. It's that simple. Getting to camp, cleaned up and fed, bitching and laughing with tent mates, is a guaranteed way to forget the pain of the day.