About The Last Desert

The Last Desert is the only multi-day race on the Antarctic continent. The Last Desert in Antarctica is one of the most incredible journeys in the world. Competitors traverse up to 250 km / 155 miles across the largest desert in the world which is often referred to as the "White Desert". The race is held around the Antarctic Peninsula which has a remarkable history of polar exploration and whaling. The scenic backdrop includes icebergs, mountains, research bases, seals, birds and penguins.

Itinerary

  • 11 Nov 2021

    Competitor Briefing, Board Ship and Leave Ushuaia
  • 12 Nov 2021

    At Sea
  • 13 Nov 2021

    At Sea
  • 14 Nov 2021 - to - 20 Nov 2021

    Up - To - 6 Stages Completed in Antarctica
  • 21 Nov 2021

    At Sea
  • 22 Nov 2021

    At Sea
  • 23 Nov 2021

    Return to Ushuaia and Disembark Ship

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  • 10 Sep 2021 Who will be on the start line this year?

    With just over 2 months to go until The Last Desert begins, find out who will be joining us at the start line of this epic adventure around the Antarctic Peninsula!

  • 27 Aug 2021 Stories from the Field

    Mick Hogan shares his experiences from the 2018 edition of The Last Desert. 

  • 16 Aug 2021 Follow RacingThePlanet Georgia

    RacingThePlanet: Georgia is happening now - it is our first race since COVID started. Follow all the action including Results, Photos, Videos, Blogs, Breaking News and more on our live page.

  • 04 Aug 2021 Explore up to 6 different locations

    We have used more than 20 different locations in Antarctica over the years for Stages of The Last Desert, with four to six being used for each edition. Find out more about some of these outstanding locations on our course page. 

  • 28 Jul 2021 Places to tick off your bucket list

    The 4 Deserts Ultramarathon Series is a unique footrace which takes racers from all parts of the world and all walks of life, through some of the most beautiful, challenging and stunning scenery. The series consists of the Namib Race (Namibia), the Gobi March (Mongolia), the Atacama Crossing (Chile) and The Last Desert (Antarctica). Find out more about the other races in this series. 

  • 21 Jul 2021 Prepare for the Elements That Face You

    With an environment as constantly changing as Antarctica you want to be sure you're prepared for whatever the day throws at you - check out the requirements and kit up for this incredible journey on the "White Desert". 

  • 14 Jul 2021 Flashback to the 2018 edition of The Last Desert

    The Last Desert Ultra was first staged in 2006 and will be taking place again for the ninth time this November. Fifty competitors will be attempting the continent's only stage race. See what some of the racers endured in 2018. 

  • 07 Jul 2021 A stunning and unique landscape

    The Last Desert in Antarctica is one of the most incredible journeys in the world. The scenic backdrop includes icebergs, mountains, research bases, seals, birds and penguins. Experience the race through these incredible photos!

  • 30 Jun 2021 Experience the largest desert in the world

    The Drake Passage – “Here nature has been given a proving ground on which to demonstrate what she can do if left alone. The results are impressive.” - Alfred Lansing. The first views of icebergs and snow-capped mountains will indicate that we have reached the South Shetland Islands. Learn more about the itinerary of this incredible journey. 

  • 23 Jun 2021 A Unique Race in a Unique Place

    The Last Desert, held around the Antarctic Peninsula, is unlike any other RacingThePlanet Ultramarathon – or any other ultramarathon out there! Read our latest article all about the key differences this race has to offer. 

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