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Stage 3: A Long Day

Tue, 26 Sep 2023 at 08 09 pm

All racers have now reached Camp 4 and Stage 3 has concluded.

It's been a long day and final results, photos and videos will be delayed today.  

Stage 3: Update from the Atacama on Stage 3

Tue, 26 Sep 2023 at 03 31 pm

Twenty racers have already completed Stage 3 and are resting at camp. The day was hot with dust devils (gusts of wind with dirt and sand) are starting to stir making the conditions even tougher. Even the stray dogs were seeking shade and water at the RacingThePlanet CPs along the course.

Scotty Hawker of New Zealand captured his third consecutive stage. In the female division, Magdalena Paschke of Germany claimed her first stage title to finish 7 minutes ahead of Tanja Volm of Germany (currently the second place woman) and 20 minutes ahead of the Stages 1 and 2 winner Isabelle Dufour of Reunion Island.

CP3 is closed with two remaining CPs:  CP4 and CP5 (Camp 4).

Check out the latest results for the finishers of today's stage as well as LIVE GPS tracking (updated every ten minutes).

Magdalena Paschke of Germany wins Stage 3.


Hiroki Okada and Masa Morimoto both of Japan.



A stray dog takes refuge at a CP.


Stage 3: Scotty Hawker, the Race Leader, has reached CP3, Magdalena Paschke Leads the Women

Tue, 26 Sep 2023 at 10 53 am

#37, Scotty Hawker of New Zealand, has reached CP3 on Stage 3 with a clear lead followed by #43, Jeremy Inabnit of the US in second position and #56, Samuel Lannaghan of the UK in third place.

Magdalena Paschke of Germany is leading the women's field by just four minutes at CP2. Isabelle Dufour is second in the women's field. Astrid Tschiedel-Nahrmann of Germany is the third women at CP2 on Stage 3.

Robert Nicholson of the UK arrived at CP2 in 23rd position overall.

Christopher Kaya of Germany reached CP2 in 24th position.

Jean-Sebastien Lemieux of Canada passed through CP2 in 25th position.

CP1 is closed.

#75, Masa Morimoto of Japan, has withdrawn. Masa is fine and will be transported to Camp 4.

There are strong gusts of wind today.

Magdalena Paschke of Germany

Stage 3: Stage 3: The Atacamenos Trail

Tue, 26 Sep 2023 at 08 39 am
Ninety-seven (97) competitors started Stage 3, the Atacamenos Trail, at 8 am this chilly morning.  Two competitors decided not to start the stage, #9, Marcos Budnik (Chile) and, #120, Donghyeok Seol (Korea).  Everyone is in good spirits for what some say is the most difficult stage of the race.

We wanted to wish South African native Michelle Stark a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY.  Michelle is sporting a birthday sash today and hopefully will get birthday wishes sung to her at each Check Point (CP) along the 39.8 kilometer course. Michelle is accompanied in the race by her husband and brother.

Stage 3 Details
Start Time:
Stage Name: The Atacamenos Trail
Distance:  39.8 Kilometers (24.9 Miles)
Starters:  97
Elevation Gain:  359 Meters
Elevation Loss:  287 Meters
Altitude Start of Stage 3: 2359 Meters (7848 Feet)

Altitude End of Stage 3:  2463 Meters (8081 Feet)
Estimated Fastest Time: 3:48 hours
Estimated Slowest Time:  11:45 hours
# of Check Points:  5 (Including Camp)
Weather Forecast:  High - 28C (82F)

Check out LIVE updates including GPS tracking (updated every 10 minutes). Updates to blogs, photos, videos and results will be posted later in the stage.

Stage 3: Breaking News

Tue, 18 Oct 2022 at 10 21 am
Breaking News for Stage 3 of the Atacama Crossing 2023 will be added Tuesday, 26 September.