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.


  • 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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  • 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. 

  • 16 Jun 2021 Quick facts about The Last Desert (Antarctica) Ultramarathon

    The history of the past explorers and whaling era as well as the fascinating wildlife give Antarctica its culture – and it has both of these in abundance!

  • 09 Jun 2021 Running Through Anything

    Isabelle Sauvé shares her best strategies for running through extreme weather—including heat, snow and rain.

  • 26 May 2021 Everything you need to know about The Last Desert (Antarctica)

    You will find out everything from the itinerary, format, equipment, scoring, locations of each stage, the expedition ship and more!

  • 12 May 2021 Expedition Ship - your basecamp for the race

    The Expedition Ship, MV Plancius, is your transport to Antarctica and basecamp for The Last Desert. Find out more about this 89 meter / 293 foot long icebreaker.


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