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1: What is The Last Desert?

The Last Desert is a 250-kilometer multi-stage footrace on the Antarctic Peninsula.

2: Is The Last Desert an ultramarathon, adventure race, expedition race or some kind of extreme race?

The Last Desert is part of the 4 Deserts Race Series, a unique worldwide endurance series. It is the only multi-stage race in Antarctica.

3: Why was this location chosen for The Last Desert?

Deserts are separated into four categories: subtropical, cool coastal, cold winter and polar. The 4 Deserts is located in the largest desert of each category which also represents the driest, hottest, coldest and windiest places on Earth. The course has also been set up to pass through some of the most beautiful, pristine land on Earth.

4: What is the format of The Last Desert?

The Last Desert is a multi-stage, 250-kilometer footrace held in four to six locations on and around the Antarctic Peninsula. Each individual must carry a minimal amount of mandatory equipment. Assistance, including water (plenty), shelter and medical assistance, is provided throughout the race.

5: Where do competitors sleep each night?

The Last Desert (Antarctica) competitors sleep on the expedition ship.

6: Who typically competes in The Last Desert?

The typical competitor is a working professional, a high achiever – someone who believes in maximizing every opportunity in life. Our competitors generally work full time, some have families, many do a lot of community service and all lead a healthy lifestyle. Our competitors consist of medical doctors, professors, investment bankers, small business owners, actor, actresses, entrepreneurs, journalists, top athletes and coaches, military professionals, managers and stay-at-home moms and dads. We have many father/son, father/daughter, mother/son and brother/sister competitors.

7: I don’t think I can run 250 kilometers, can I still make the cutoff times?

The event is set up to allow for generous cutoff times. The leaders run most of the course, and many walk the whole course.

8: What is most challenging about the course in Antarctica?

The course consists of four to six locations on the Antarctic Peninsula and the islands surrounding the continent. Each location has different weather and snow conditions which can vary from very soft and deep snow to hard packed snow, slush or ice. Elevation gain, altitude and distance can vary greatly per location – due to the challenging weather conditions, locations can change with short notice.

9: Why do you limit the number of competitors in each event to a relatively small number?

The Last Desert is a unique, special experience. Deserts are stunningly beautiful because they are (1) remote and pristine and (2) sparsely populated. Solitude leads to a very spiritual experience.

10: What else is special about The Last Desert?

The Last Desert competitors must qualify for the race by successfully completing two of the other races in the 4 Deserts Ultramarathon Series.

11: What is the best part of the event?

Many say it’s the competitors themselves – that they leave the event with a new set of friends from all over the world. Many call on these new friends in business later or just to have dinner when passing through someone’s hometown. Some have even met their future spouse!

12: Can I run for a charity?

Absolutely - we encourage it. Giving back is one of the primary themes of the 4 Deserts mission. Many of our competitors have raised significant amounts of money for charities all over the world.

13: Can I compete in The Last Desert without completing the other 4 Deserts Races or the RacingThePlanet race?

No. The Last Desert (Antarctica) is only open to those who have completed at least two of the races in 4 Deserts Ultramarathon Series, including the Gobi March (Mongolia), Atacama Crossing (Chile) and/or Namib Race (Namibia).

14: Any last words to describe the 4 Deserts?

Life enhancing for all, life changing for many.