The Special Edition: Georgia starts on 19 June 2022, and will be a 250 kilometer / 155 mile, 6-stage, 7-day, self-supported stage race.
A special edition of RacingThePlanet will take place in Georgia in June 2022. After a highly successful RacingThePlanet Ultramarathon in Georgia in August 2021, RacingThePlanet will return to Georgia, the Caucasus in June 2022. As part of the famed 4 Deserts Ultramarathon Series, this special edition race will be staged in Georgia to allow those competitors who missed this epic race to take part in this six stage, 250km / 155 miles across the Southern Caucasus Mountain Range in Georgia. The Special Edition: Georgia will count as a qualification race for The Last Desert in Antarctica, and as part of the 4 Deserts Grand Slam and 4 Deserts Grand Slam Plus in 2022 and 2023. Racers in Georgia will experience lush green valleys, stunning National Parks, monasteries from medieval times, and picturesque countryside villages dotted around the mountains.
The course of the Special Edition: Georgia is located in the Caucasus Mountain Range at the crossroads of Europe and Asia! It’s a journey to the past where competitors run / hike through stunning mountain scenery and pristine nature, rolling vineyards and colourful culture, quaint old farming villages, ancient ruins and medieval castles that have witnessed the history of the two continents.
Georgia is often referred as a gem of the Caucasus. It is an unexplored destination to many but those who have visited the country remember the charm, beauty and hospitality. This small nation packs a lot in – ancient cities, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, snowy mountains, lush nature, the shores of the Black Sea and delicious wine. It is one of the most ecologically diverse places in the world!
The Special Edition: Georgia is a self-supported race. Competitors must carry everything they need for the seven days on their back. The average backpack will weigh 9 kilograms / 20 pounds.
Approximately 20% of competitors run the entire course, 60% combine running with walking, and 20% walk the entire course.
The fastest completion time is expected to be around 24 hours and the slowest around 70 hours.
Competitors from more than 40 countries are expected to compete in the Special Edition: Georgia. The race is a reunion to many past RacingThePlanet / 4 Deserts competitors but about 50% of the field is expected to be first timers.
Roughly 70% of the competitors will be male and 30% female.
The host town of the race is the capital city, Tbilisi, which is connected by direct flights from many European cities.
Georgia's climate is affected by subtropical influences from Europe and continental weather from Asia. The Greater Caucasus range moderates local climate by serving as a barrier against cold air from the north.
Day temperatures on the course in June are expected to average 20°C / 68°F but they could reach up to 30°C / 86°F. Night temperatures average 5°C / 40°F with a chance of colder weather on certain areas of the course.
Georgia is the cradle of winemaking. The country has been producing wine for at least 8,000 years and is considered to be the birthplace of wine!
Only 5% of Georgia’s population is human - the rest is animals. Besides the friendly locals, deer, goats, cows, sheep and horses are expected to be cheering you on!
Georgians know their homeland as Sakarvelo. The year 2019 marked the 101st anniversary of independence from what was then the Russian Empire. The former dictator of the Soviet Union, Josef Stalin, was born in Gori, Georgia.
The first Europeans come from Georgia. An archaeological expedition in Dmanisi found 1.8 million-year-old human skulls in the Caucasus, suggesting that a man from Africa travelled to Europe through Georgia.
Through its old history, this country of the Caucasus has been ruled by Russians, Ottomans and Georgian kings. Georgia has some of the oldest cities in Europe. Mtskheta and Kutaisi, both former capitals of Georgia, are over 3,000 and 4,000 years old, respectively.
Georgia also has Europe’s highest permanent settlements, Bochorna and Ushguli, at 2,345 and 2,100 meters above sea level.