About the Atacama Crossing
The Atacama Crossing is a 7-day, 250 km / 155 mile footrace that takes place in the incredible Atacama Desert of Chile. Through the seven days, competitors traverse through salt flats, massive sand dunes, icy cold slot canyons, river crossings, and experience starry nights while in the foothills of the Andes mountains as they complete the 250-kilometer / 155-mile course. The race goes through the Salar de Atacama, Moon Valley and Valle de la Muerte, and finally ends in the Town Square of the adobe-like village of San Pedro de Atacama.
25 Sep 2020Competitors Arrive (hotel provided)
26 Sep 2020Race Check-In & Go to Camp 1
27 Sep 2020Race Starts
27 Sep 2020 - to - 03 Oct 2020Stage 1 - To - Stage 6 take place
03 Oct 2020Awards Banquet (hotel provided)
04 Oct 2020Event Concludes
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05 Aug 2020
Atacama Crossing Vlog (video blog)
Zeana completed a vlog on her Atacama Crossing experience with her sister and brother-in-law. Completing a RacingThePlanet Ultra with your family makes it an extra special experience.
22 Jul 2020
Prepare your feet for 250km across the Atacama Desert
Blisters are the main reason for DNF's from the Atacama Crossing. Prepare to succeed by watching this 4-part series with everything you need to know about feet and blisters for a 250km ultra.
15 Jul 2020
What does it take to finish the Atacama Crossing?
This is a useful recap on how to know you're ready to be in the start line for the Atacama Crossing (or any RacingThePlanet / 4 Deserts Ultra).
03 Jul 2020
"Everyone should do it at least once in their life"
Find out what else people say about the Atacama Crossing on this short video
18 Jun 2020
15 minutes of Inspiration
This video will motivate, inspire and excite you!!
03 Jun 2020
5 Training Tips for Your First Ultra Marathon
Don't learn the hard way! Richard Cheetham shares his 5 top tips for lessons learned after completing the Atacama Crossing.
25 May 2020
Atacama Crossing Webinar
Find out more about the course including a stage by stage description (with photos) of the terrain, elevation and insight tips.
13 May 2020
Atacama Crossing Race Report
Sarah Oppermann completed the 2019 edition of the Atacama Crossing and wrote a detailed race report which will those preparing for a future edition of the race.
06 May 2020
Keep preparing for the Atacama Crossing
Read this feature to see where you are at in terms of being ready for the race. It is especially useful for those who may need to re-align their training due to restrictions resulting from the COVID pandemic.
27 Apr 2020
Camping Time! #racingtheplanetvirtual
While social distancing we encourage you to be creative. Check out our Virtual Camping Challenge!
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