COVID-19 Update

RacingThePlanet COVID-19
Processes for 2022

As the world is continues to be confronted with the pandemic, we have implemented a lot of new processes and protocols for our races in 2022. These processes were successfully trialed at RacingThePlanet: Georgia in August 2021 and the Namib Race in Namibia in October 2021.  We are happy to report that both races were staged without a single reported case of COVID-19.  It is great to be back racing around the world!

We are ready and excited to move forward with our 2022 and 2023 Race Schedule.

The nature of our races is a small group of people socially distancing in the outdoors. We take people to lesser visited corners of the planet to explore areas in a way that is not normally possible -- our community is adventurous, determined and sensible.

We have implemented a full set of processes and procedures to keep the races COVID-19 safe. The key items are detailed below:

  • All participants must be vaccinated.

In addition, we may or may not, based on current situation in the world, institute additional changes as detailed below:

  • Participants must have a COVID-19 test before arriving at Camp 1-- we will provide details of which test before each race but it will either be a rapid test or PCR test.
  • There is no pre-race hotel, instead competitors spend two pre-race nights at Camp 1.
    • Hotel accommodation is provided post-race as usual.
  • Race Check-In and Briefing takes place in the open air at Camp 1.
  • The normal 6-8 person tents have been reduced to just 2-4 people occupying each tent.
    • The same tents are used by the same people every day.
    • Those people who would like to sleep in a single tent can bring their own tent that will be transported by the race organisers from camp-to-camp.
  • Racers must bring nine (9) face masks and must wear them while at Camp.
  • Staff wear face masks at Checkpoints and Camps.
  • Additional alcohol gel is provided.
  • There will be immediate isolation and COVID-19 testing of any person with possible symptoms.
  • We will arrange PCR tests, if necessary, for you to return to your home country.

The health and safety of all our participants, volunteers, medical teams, local staff and international staff are our primary concern. Therefore, we are continuing to monitor infection rates, vaccination rates, risk factors and guidelines from the relevant government and medical authorities. We will keep those registered for each race informed of any changes.

We do understand that each person’s situation is different and that some of you may prefer or need to change to another race in 2022 or 2023. For this reason, we are happy for you to transfer your entry to another race at any time for any race in 2022 or 2023, excluding The Last Desert in Antarctica, up until six weeks before the race is due to start.

If you decide to defer your race entry then please send an email to the event director or email us at [email protected].

We do not want to give up on the opportunity of racing unless it is absolutely not possible or safe to do so.

Management Team

RacingThePlanet / 4 Deserts Ultramarathon Series