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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03 Jun 20
Gobi March Experience Sharing
Racers Alex Tan & Dorothy Li share their preparation, experience, lessons learned and their "why" from completing the Gobi March in Mongolia. This ia great resource if you are thinking about doing the Gobi March Ultra.
25 May 20
Atacama Crossing Webinar about the course
If you are considering the Atacama Crossing Ultra then this is a must watch webinar to find out more about the course terrain, elevation, distance and insider tips.
12 May 20
Gobi March 2020 Postponed Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
It is with great disappointment that we have made the decision to postpone the Gobi March 2020 as a result of the Coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic. The Gobi March 2020 will be rescheduled to Sunday, 6 September 2020 (arrival date of 5 September 2020 and departure date on 13 September 2020). Read details in the link.
06 May 20
Zoom Work Out
Join the weekly Zoom work out led by our RacingThePlanet alumni Anim, Mike and Nat. It's a great way to do something different with friends!
26 Apr 20
Camping Time! #racingtheplanetvirtual
While social distancing, we encourage you to enjoy outdoors as much as possible or be creative in your home. Check out our Virtual Camping Challenge!
22 Apr 20
Indulge yoursef in RacingThePlanet Videos
There are literally hundreds of videos from races over the years on our YouTube channel. Choose the race(s) you did, or the one you want to do next and sit back and be inspired.
15 Apr 20
RacingThePlanet Community Updates
It has been great to see the RacingThePlanet community keeping strong during these challenging times. Enjoy these updates of what people are up to. Life is sometimes like an ultramarathon itself.
09 Apr 20
Namib Race - new photos from the course
In November the Namib Race course will take you from the Skeleton Coast, through salt flats, Moon Valley, mountains and river beds finishing in Swakopmund. This short complication gives you an idea of some of the scenery you will find along the way.
01 Apr 20
Atacama Crossing mini-documentary
Fourteen minutes of your lockdown time that you will not regret.
25 Mar 20
New Dates for the Namib Race 2020
The Namib Race 2020 will take place from the 5-11 November. Have a look at the full itinerary.
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Why I Raced
Ash Mokhtari (Canada)
I love the beauty of the Atacama Desert, especially at sunset. I can't describe it… you have to come here and camp out and see it for yourself.
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.