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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22 Oct 20
Our next race is the Namib Race in April 2021
Are you planning your 2021 race calendar? Our first race of 2021 takes place in the Namib Desert in Namibia on 26 April.
14 Oct 20
How to Prepare for a 250km Ultra
Preparing for a 250km ultra can be a daunting prospect. This article will help you to align your thoughts and put in place a plan.
05 Oct 20
Are you looking for a training plan for your next race? Look under our "training" section for plans tailored for beginners, intermediate and advanced racers planning to join a RacingThePlanet Ultra. Or look under the "trainers" section if you're looking for a personalised plan training.
22 Sep 20
The Deserts Are Waiting ...
Throughout time the deserts have remained. They are something bigger than us. We will tell the deserts we will return and when we do, we will be stronger than ever. The 4 Deserts wait to welcome you back!
09 Sep 20
Indulge in remote desert running videos
While we are not out running in the desert indulge yourself with hours of videos of RacingThePlanet's 4 Deserts Ultras in Mongolia, Chile, Namibia and Antarctica including personal stories, vlogs, interviews, TV shows and more. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel to be notified as we upload new videos - there are many from past racers over the last 18 years ago going up over the coming weeks.
26 Aug 20
Run To The Top Podcast
Coach Claire Bartholic (The Planted Runner) talks to Sam about RacingThePlanet Ultras for the Runners Connect PodCast, Run To The Top. Listen to what is it like at these races, how to prepare and who should not plan to do one of RacingThePlanets' 4 Deserts Ultras.
20 Aug 20
Atacama Crossing postponed until Sept 2021 due to COVID-19
It is with great disappointment that the 2020 edition of the Atacama Crossing is postponed. The next edition will start on 26 September 2021.
13 Aug 20
Javakheti - The Course in Georgia
Get some details about what you can expect on the course in Georgia - beautiful villages, mountain lakes, a few climbs and plenty of amazing views.
05 Aug 20
The Mental Challenges of Running an Ultramarathon
Munir shares the mental challenges and how to prepare mentally for a RacingThePlanet Ultra. He has completed RacingThePlanet: New Zealand and the Atacama Crossing having previously not run more than 10km.
22 Jul 20
What is the 4 Deserts Ultramarathon Series?
This two-minute video gives you a short introduction to the 4 Deserts Ultramarathon Series.
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'If you can remember why you started, then you'll know why you must continue.'... Remembe...
A Walk in the Woods (pt 1) Every morning, unless something like work...
We are relaxed in the camp. I was back to the camp at about 3am and after 8am, 9am people were st...
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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.