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The final racers crossed the finishline at 9am.

Racers received their medals as they crossed the finishline followed by food, drinks and celebrations.

There was then an opportunity to explore the caves of Vardzia. Vardzia is a cave monastery site in southern Georgia, excavated from the slopes of the Erusheti Mountain on the left bank of the Kura River, thirty kilometres from Aspindza. The main period of construction was the second half of the twelfth century

This was followed by the Awards Banquet, presentation of special awards and watching the Photo Slideshow and a preview of the Highlights Video from the race.

The special award winner are below. These included the Spirit and Sportsmanship which are awarded to the people who demonstrated these qualities during the race.


Special congratulations also goes to the ten 4 Deserts Grand Slam Plus and Grand Slam contenders who have just completed the second race in this competition:



They then boarded the buses to return to Marriott Hotel in Tbilisi (which overlooks Freedom Square which is a famous landmark in the centre of town). 


Racers had their first shower for over a week – this is possibly the best shower of their life.  Connected with friends and family now that they have internet connection and had a peaceful night sleep.

The achievement of completing this race are now starting to set in as they remember the stories from the week and the friends they made.

The website has been updated with  


PHOTOS from the week

PHOTO SLIDESHOW – a summary of several hundred photos from the race

VIDEOS – a preview was shown of the full highlights video. This will be available for all in a couple of weeks.

BLOGS – these have been updated by racers having completed the race by David Grosse, Rose Anne Hawekeswood and also a post race write up by Keith Gayhart who withdrew during the race.


The next races this year are:

RacingThePlanet: Lapland on 14 August

Atacama Crossing (Chile) on 25 September

We look forward welcoming some of the racers from Georgia back to these races - especially those doing the 4 Deserts Grand Slam and Grand Slam Plus.