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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17 Sep 21
Click on the link to find out the location for the 2022 RacingThePlanet Ultra is .....
Think great fells, beautiful lakes, rushing rivers, reindeer, Santa Claus, saunas, the Northern Lights and more!
15 Sep 21
People often ask 'Why?'
Namib Race competitor Eyal Shimoni shares his reasons to the big question of 'Why?'
10 Sep 21
It's great to be back!
We have implemented a lot of new processes and protocols to allow our races to move ahead safely and we are ready and excited to move forward with our 2021 and 2022 Race Schedule!
27 Aug 21
Relive RacingThePlanet Georgia!
Immerse yourself in the stunning landscapes of Georgia and experience the racers' journey as we take you through each stage of the race in our Georgia photo gallery.
22 Aug 21
Emotional Finish Line
Excitement, relief, sadness, happiness ... a RacingThePlanet finish line is an emotional place and Georgia was no different. See for yourself in this video.
21 Aug 21
The Final Footsteps to the Cave City of Vardzia
Today is the last day of RacingThePlanet: Georgia. Competitors are taking their final footsteps 9.3km / 5.6 miles mainly downhill to the Cave City of Vardzia. Watch for photos of them crossing the final finishline.
20 Aug 21
Highlights from the Long March in Georgia
The Long March was 72km / 45 miles of everything that the Javakheti Region has to offer - watch this highlights video to join the experience,
19 Aug 21
Stage 5, the Long March has arrived (and started)!
After four consecutive days of racing and completing 160kms / 100 miles, competitors have (nearly) a double marathon to contend with today. This is the Stage that it’s all about, where you find out what you’re made of. Follow the Breaking News to keep up to date on racers progress - the winner is expected in around 8 hours and the last person in more than 24 hours.
14 Aug 21
Breaking News from the 2021 RacingThePlanet Ultra
The 2021 RacingThePlanet Ultra starts tomorrow, Sunday, 15 August. Sign up to receive breaking news updates during each stage sent directly to your email.
13 Aug 21
T-2 until RacingThePlanet: Georgia starts
Racers are arriving, camp is set up and ready, the course is being marked, PCR tests are being completed ... Today racers head to Camp 1 where they will spend 2 nights before the race starts. Have a look at the LIVE page to see all the action - new blogs and photos and where you can sign up to receive breaking news during the race.
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Covered 40km ...
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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.