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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  • 30 Sep 23 Scotty Hawker and Tanja Volm have Won the 17th Atacama Crossing

    After an extremely hot week where the weather was unseasonably warm, Scotty Hawker of New Zealand and Tanja Volm of Germany triumphed over the other racers to win the 17th Atacama Crossing.  The Atacama Crossing has now concluded. Congratulations to all racers.  A very special thank you to all staff, volunteers, medical team, course team, media team and local team!!!!

  • 30 Sep 23 Next Race - RacingThePlanet: The 20-Year Race (Jordan)

    RacingThePlanet is proud to be celebrating is 20-year anniversary with a special race in Jordan which begins on 5 November. We will be welcoming 250 racers from 50 or more countries to this special race.

  • 28 Aug 23 Friends and Family Experience

    At The Last Desert we provide a limited number of places to Friends & Family of both competitors and staff, giving them the opportunity to share this unique experience as we recognise that most people will only ever visit Antarctica once in their lifetime. Find out more. 

  • 22 Aug 23 How This 52-Year-Old Crushed His First Ultra, One of the Hardest Races in the World

    Ken Rideout had never slept in a tent, run with a backpack, or been in a race longer than 26.2 miles — but when the 52-year-old heard about the grueling Gobi March ultramarathon, something told him he could win it.

  • 16 Aug 23 Atacama Crossing 2023 - the stats, the facts and the top contenders

    As we look forward to the 17th edition of the Atacama Crossing which starts on 24 September 2023 let’s have a look at the field.

  • 12 Aug 23 Watch the Recording of the RacingThePlanet Medical Team Q&A on ZOOM

    You can watch the recording of the Zoom call with a panel of our Medical Doctors talking about the most common medical issues at the races and how to prevent and manage them, as well as a detailed Q&A section.


  • 31 Jul 23 Applications for Volunteers in 2024

    We are now accepting applications for volunteers at our races in 2024. With only a handful of places available, apply now for this exhausting but incredibly rewarding position. Find out more.

  • 20 Jul 23 ZOOM, Sunday, 30 July: Get Ready for the Atacama Crossing

    Whether you are planning for this year or a future year this Information Session will help you arrive at the start line well prepared.  Join us on Sunday, 30 July, @4pm London / 5pm Europe (Germany) / @8am PST (San Francisco)  / @11am EST (New York) / @11pm Hong Kong. Register Now

  • 04 Jul 23 Next Race: The Atacama Crossing in Chile begins on 24 September

    The Atacama Crossing will take racers across the driest desert on Earth through salt flats, sand dunes and freezing cold slot canyons, all in the shadow of the Andes mountains.

  • 26 Jun 23 Relive the Gobi March

    The Gobi March (Mongolia) 2023 concluded last Saturday, 25 June. Check out all the videos, photos, blogs and more.


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