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 Jan 22
Run for the Love of Life
Accomplished sportswoman Erica Terblanche invites readers to join her as she retraces her steps and shares her adventures in ‘Run for the Love of Life’.
19 Jan 22
Top Travel Destinations for 2022
Chile has been voted one of the top travel destinations for 2022 - read the top 5 reasons why including "Strong Covid-19 Protocols to Protect Tourists". We can't wait for the Atacama Crossing (Chile) in September!
12 Jan 22
Stephanie Case Advocates for Women’s Rights, On and Off the Trail
She has sought out some of the world's hardest trail races over the past 15 years, including RacingThePlanet stage events in Vietnam, Namibia, Australia, Nepal and Mongolia. Read the full article.
05 Jan 22
RacingThePlanet Returns to the Incredible Country of Georgia for a Special Edition Race
After a highly successful RacingThePlanet Ultramarathon in Georgia in August 2021, RacingThePlanet will return to Georgia, the Caucasus, in June 2022 for a special edition race that will qualify as part of the famed 4 Deserts Ultramarathon Series. Find out more...
31 Dec 21
Get Prepared for 2022!
In order to help you be fully prepared for 2022, we have put together a selection of more than 65 articles by experts in the fields of training, nutrition, equipment and healthcare as well as from others who have completed RacingThePlanet / 4 Deserts Ultras before you.
24 Dec 21
Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from all of us at RacingThePlanet! A big thank you to our community for your continued support during these challenging times. We have such an exciting year planned for 2022 and are looking forward to sharing it all with you!
22 Dec 21
Meet the Team
The RacingThePlanet management team works year-round planning and executing as many as five races per calendar year. Get to know the team, the experience they bring and why they love what they do!
15 Dec 21
Stories From The Field
Female champion Isabelle Dufour, from France, takes us through a culturally immersive account of her incredible experience of Georgia 2021.
08 Dec 21
RacingThePlanet COVID Processes
After two successful and COVID-free races in 2021 we are looking forward to 2022 with the continued changes that were tried and tested this year.
01 Dec 21
With an increasing number of competitors relying on plant power to get them across the finish line, we speak with RacingThePlanet competitors and champions about some of the ins and outs of racing an ultramarathon as a vegan or vegetarian.
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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.