The Last Desert is a 250-kilometer multi-stage footrace on the Antarctic Peninsula.
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.
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.
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.
The Last Desert (Antarctica) competitors sleep on the expedition ship.
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.
The event is set up to allow for generous cutoff times. The leaders run most of the course, and many walk the whole course.
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.
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.
The Last Desert competitors must qualify for the race by successfully completing two of the other races in the 4 Deserts Ultramarathon Series.
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!
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.
Life enhancing for all, life changing for many.