About Namib Race

The Namib Race is a 7-day, 250 km / 155 mile footrace that takes place within the oldest desert and the largest dunes in the world. Through the seven days, competitors experience some of the most stunning and iconic desert landscape. The course takes you through amazing desert scenery including wide-open red plains, scattered mountain outcrops, huge expanses of dramatic sand dunes, moon-like landscape, Atlantic waves crashing against the sandy desert shore-line, and a fascinating array of plants and animals.


  • 23 Apr 2021

    Competitors Arrive (hotel provided)
  • 24 Apr 2021

    Race Check-In & go to Camp 1
  • 25 Apr 2021

    Race Starts
  • 25 Apr 2021 - to - 01 May 2021

    Stage 1 - To - Stage 6 Take Place
  • 01 May 2021

    Awards Banquet (hotel provided)
  • 02 May 2021

    Event Concludes

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  • 22 Oct 2020 Who is racing in the Namib Race 2021?

    Our first race of 2021 is the Namib Race starting on 26 April. Have a look at who is already confirmed to be on the start line. 

  • 09 Oct 2020 Time to look ahead to 2021

     Check out the photos from the all new course for 2021 along with some snaps from the past races.

  • 02 Oct 2020 Namib Race postponed until April 2021 due to Covid-19

    It is with great disappointment that we announce the postponement of the 2020 edition of the Namib Race. Despite positive signs that the race would take place, we are unable to work within the current restrictions. The next edition of the race will start on 25 April 2021.


  • 21 Sep 2020 What is the 4Deserts Grand Slam and Grand Slam plus?

    Do you have what it takes to make it in to the prestigous hall of fame. Read what it takes to join this exclusive club!

  • 05 Sep 2020 Blind Runner using technology to run without a guide

    Simon Wheatcroft (UK) took part in the Namib Race 2016, has completed many marathons and was even an Olympic torch bearer for London 2012. These are acheivements in their own right until you learn that Simon is blind and doesnt use a guide. Read the recent CNN news article and watch the video on how Simon manages to take on his challenges solo and without his sight. 

  • 20 Aug 2020 Namibian music artist on staying strong during and after the Pandemic.

    Here is a little popular modern Namibian culture for you in the form of Ees, Namibia's artist and rapper. He raps in both Afrikans and English and has coined the phrase Namlish. 

  • 05 Aug 2020 Grab some post run popcorn and visit our YouTube Channel!

    We have a huge library of YouTube videos from all races in the 4Deserts race series as well as instructional videos and competitors personal accounts of their race. Sit back, Indulge yourself and dream big! 

  • 22 Jul 2020 Live the Namib Race Experience

    This fourteen-minute highlights video from the Namib Race helps you understand the schedule, process, scenery, terrain, equipment, campsites, cameraderie and what racers experience. Relive it (if you were there) or prepare for it (if you're going there soon). 

  • 10 Jul 2020 Namib Race Schedule - Nov 2020

    We are still set for the Namib Race to take place in four months. Have a look at the full itinerary for the race.

  • 24 Jun 2020 How to look after your feet in the desert

     Nick Askham is the Namib Race event manager and specialist podiatrist. He has created a series of videos available on YouTube to help you keep you feet in good shape during a multiday ultramarathon in the desert. Episode 1 and 2 are now available and episode 3 coming soon..


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