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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26 Nov 22
Stage 1 of The Last Desert in Antarctica is Complete – Results Are In
The leaders after Stage 1 are Ben Dame (GER) and Anim Swart (USA). See the full RESULTS, PHOTOS, VIDEOS, BLOGS and more.
24 Nov 22
Who Is Racing in Antarctica at The Last Desert 2022
As we wait for Stage 1 to get underway (tomorrow), have a look at who is racing - who are they are, where are they are from and who are the top conteders.
21 Nov 22
The final race of 2022 is about to get started in Antarctica!
Be sure sign up for breaking news to receive the latests updates to your email. You can also see PHOTOS, VIDEOS, RESULTS, BLOGS and more.
15 Nov 22
Who will be the 4 Deserts Champions 2022?
Check out the rankings to see who's in the running to be the 4 Deserts Champions 2022. Just a warning: The Last Desert is unlike any other race.
06 Nov 22
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After four years, we are finally setting sail for Antarctica on 22 November. Sign up for Breaking News to get daily updates from the Beagle Channel, the Drake Passage and Antarctica as racers from 26 nations conquer The Last Desert.
02 Nov 22
Looking for a Training Plan?
Have a look these training plans for beginners, intermediates and experienced racers.
21 Oct 22
RacingThePlanet Celebrates 20 Years in JORDAN!
RacingThePlanet is pleased to announce that its 14th Roving Race will be held in JORDAN. This Special Edition will bring together racers from around the world to celebrate 20 years of RacingThePlanet in one of the most spectacular settings on Earth. Register NOW.
19 Oct 22
The countdown is on for the annoucement of the new race in 2023
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11 Oct 22
NEXT RACE: The Last Desert (Antarctica) on 22 November
Just six weeks to go until the next and final race in the 2022 calendar.
05 Oct 22
The 16th Atacama Crossing has Concluded
Relive the Atacama Crossing through photos and videos.
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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.