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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18 May 22
There are 4 more races in 2022 to look forward to!
Join us at one of these races: Special Edition of Georgia in June; RacingThePlanet: Lapland in August; the Atacama Crossing (Chile) in September and finale at The Last Desert in Antarctica in November.
07 May 22
Namib Race 2022 Has Concluded
Congratulations to our champions: Reinhold Hugo (Switzerland) and Victoria Connelly (UK) and all the participants. Check out the photos and videos which will be uploaded throughout the day.
06 May 22
Donate to Feed the Children of Namibia
If you have enjoyed the Namib Race 2022 Race Coverage, please consider making a small donation to the Sandwich Tour. Just US$60 will buy 100 for kids. Donate here.
11 Apr 22
Listen to the Lapland 2022 Information Session Recording
If you missed the RacingThePlanet: Lapland Information Session on Zoom last weekend you can watch the recording now. It's full of information to help you prepare including how to get there, the course, terrain, weather, equipment and top tips for the race.
30 Mar 22
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23 Mar 22
Make your experience extra special by sharing it with your friends and family.
Did you know that your friends and family can experiencce the race by joining you at Camp 6 to spend the night, eat freeze-dried meals and complete the final Stage with you (or meet you at the finishline to present you with your medal). They can also join the Awards Presentation.
16 Mar 22
Next Race: Namib Race (Namibia) starts on 1 May
We can't wait to be back in the desert in six weeks. Have a look at what awaits competitors of the Namib Race 2022.
09 Mar 22
Thank You for Your Support of the People of Ukraine
Thank you to the RacingThePlanet Community for raising over US$11,000 in 48 hours to support the people of Ukraine. We'll be providing an update on how the money is donated/spent on ground.
02 Mar 22
Don't know where to start? Try these TRAINING PLANS
We have created a 6-month / 24 week training plan for a RacingThePlanet Ultra - there is one for beginners (first time ultra and just want to finish), intermediate (training hard and want to finish strong in the mid-pack) and advanced (pushing hard for a Top 10 finish).
24 Feb 22
Live Q&A with Jeff Pelletier & Rob Ripley (Namib Race winner) - 25 Feb @5pm UK / 9am PST
Don't miss this great opportunity to ask any race related question to Jeff Pelletier who filmed the Racing Namibia Video Series and Dr. Rob who won the race.
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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.