The Last Desert (Antarctica) is part of the 4 Deserts Ultramarathon Series which was named by TIME magazine as one of the Top 10 Endurance Competitions in the world.
The Last Desert 2021 is the ninth edition of the race and takes place from 11 November to 22 November 2021.
More than 80% of those competing in The Last Desert will join the 4 Deserts Club when they cross the final finish line.
The Last Desert remains the only multi-day stage race on the Antarctic continent.
Approximately 25% of the competitor field is female and 75% percent is male.
All competitors for The Last Desert must qualify for the race by having successfully completed at least two of the other 4 Deserts - the Gobi March (China / Mongolia), the Atacama Crossing (Chile) and / or the Namib / Sahara Race (Egypt / Namibia).
Approximately twenty competitors will complete the 4 Deserts Grand Slam (a competition to complete all 4 Deserts in one calendar year), concluding at The Last Desert 2021. In total, only 66 individuals have achieved a 4 Deserts Grand Slam title so far.
The starting point for The Last Desert (Antarctica) is Ushuaia in Argentina, a town at the very southern tip of Argentina.
NBC Sports produced a film of The Last Desert (Antarctica) 2007, MBC filmed The Last Desert (Antarctica) 2008 and TransWorld Sport filmed The Last Desert (Antarctica) 2010.
Competitors will board an expedition ship to sail across the Drake Passage – the expedition ship will be their base for the duration of the race.
Many competitors are raising money for charities through The Last Desert (Antarctica).
Competitors may have the opportunity to bathe in thermal waters on Deception Island and camp on the shore of Antarctica.
Approximately sixty individuals are expected to compete in The Last Desert 2021 – view the competitor list for full details.
South Shetland Islands, Wiencke Island, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Neko Harbour, Aitcho Island, Cuverville Island and Dorian Bay are just some of the locations where stages of The Last Desert could take place.
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!
The terrain is largely snow that varies in depth from just a few centimeters to more than one meter.
Temperatures on the course could reach as low as -20°C / -4°F.