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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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!
22 Apr 2020
Now is a great time to get your equipment ready
There are 35 items of mandatory equipment - use this time to see what they are, what you have and what you still need to get.
15 Apr 2020
What is the weather like at the Atacama Crossing?
Find out more about the location, weather and culture of the Atacama Desert at the time and area of the Atacama Crossing in September.
09 Apr 2020
Dr. Rob Ripley is racing the Atacama Crossing
After 7 times on the medical team at RacingThePlanet Ultras Dr. Rob is going to be a racer for the first time at the Atacama Crossing. Read his blog to find out what made him decide to do this and how he is training.
25 Mar 2020
Looking forward to the Atacama Crossing!
The Atacama Crossing is still set to take place in Sept. Stay inspired to take on the challenge with photos from the most beautiful desert in South America!
05 Mar 2020
What is not to love about the Atacama Desert?!!!
and what better way to experince it than by racing 250km/ 155 miles on foot?!!!
Experience a race through these