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  • Relive and tease yourself
    Browse through the amazing photos from Atacama Crossing 2014 and simultaneously relive the competitors' experiences and tease yourself if you were not one of them. October 4, 2015 sees the next edition so you need only be teased until then!
    Last Updated: Nov 24, 2014
  • Mangold vs. Moroz
    Rumour has it that Atacama Crossing 2013 competitors and 4 Deserts stalwarts Zandy Mangold and Matt Moroz will battle it out again in Atacama Crossing 2015! Gloves off, mano e mano! That promises to be one explosive race!
    Last Updated: Nov 17, 2014
  • "Archeological jewel of Chile"
    The "Archeological jewel of Chile", that's certainly one way to describe the Atacama Desert. The backdrop certainly provides us with an absolute gem of a race! Many leave with a new sense of wonder, none leave disappointed...
    Last Updated: Nov 10, 2014
  • The Last Desert 2014 has concluded
    The final Stage of The Last Desert concluded at Telefon Bay in Antarctica with the coldest and windiest stage yet. All competitors completed the stage around 14:00. The winners were again Jose Manual Martinez Fernandez or "Chema" of Spain for the overall race, Isis Breiter of Mexico for the women...
    Last Updated: Nov 09, 2014
    The first stage of The Last Desert took place on Deception Island. See results, the stage update, blogs and photos on the race website.
    Last Updated: Nov 05, 2014
  • The Last Desert 2014 - follow the race live
    On Saturday, 1 November The Last Desert 2014 participants set sail from the most southerly point. Sign up for breaking news to receive regular race updates live from Antarctica.
    Last Updated: Nov 01, 2014
  • Atacama Crossing Fastest Times
    Double Olympian 'Chema' Martinez won convincingly this year, and ultra-legend Ryan Sandes won by almost 6 hours in 2010! But it is the winning time of 23h46m51s from Vincente Garcia Beneito in 2012 that remains the time to beat!
    Last Updated: Oct 27, 2014
  • What are you waiting for?
    After witnessing Atacama Crossing 2014 it is surely a must for anyone who's not already been, and an absolute desire to return for anyone that has. 349 days and counting until the next edition...
    Last Updated: Oct 20, 2014
  • Fundacion Amigos de Jesus: Making a real difference
    The 4 Deserts is proud to be supporting the Fundacion Amigos de Jesus through the 10th Anniversary edition of the Atacama Crossing. Read about Event Director Alina Prendiville's visit to the foundation, which provides services for 70 people with disabilities.
    Last Updated: Oct 19, 2014
Top Women
The women’s division at this year’s Atacama Crossing has been nothing less than
Course Director: Hernan Garcia
The course director plays a vital role in a 4 Deserts race. This past week, ther
Best of the Blogs
It’s that time of the race where we peer into the cyber-landscape of the Atacama
The Winning Team
The Spanish team Corre 1Km+ put in a tremendous effort here in the Atacama this
The Grand Slammers
At the end of The Long March, we rove the campsite to check in on the emotions f
Boyd Matson: Reflections on the Atacama Crossing 2004
Renowned National Geographic anchor Boyd Matson was a competitor in the inaugura
The Bonds of the Atacama
The Bonds have moved through their own immense challenges in life, and have come
The Halfway Point
In the six 4 Deserts races that Karen Wei has pushed her body and mind through,
Ashacama: The Atacama Repeat Offender
Of all the 4 Deserts races that Ashkan Mokhtari has run in (and at 16 races in t
Mind Over Matter
Among the varied reasons why people decide to enter 250-kilometer desert races,
  • Pre-Race
    The next edition of the Atacama Crossing (Chile) takes place on 4-10 October 2015. The Pre-Race Stage Update will be posted on Sat...
  • Post-Race
    A Post-Race Stage Update will be posted on Saturday, 10 October 2015....
  • Stage 6
    The Stage 6 Update will be posted on Friday, 9 October 2015....
  • Stage 5
    The Stage 5 Update will be posted on Thursday, 8 October and Friday, 9 October 2015....
  • Stage 4
    The Stage 4 Update will be posted on Wednesday, 7 October 2015....
  • Stage 3
    The Stage 3 Update will be posted on Tuesday, 6 October 2015....
  • Stage 2
    The Stage 2 Update will be posted on Monday, 5 October 2015....
  • Stage 1
    The Stage 1 Update will be posted on Monday, 5 October 2015....
The Guardian: Gobi March: five practical kit tips   July 16, 2014
Five things I learned running my first multi-stage ultramarathon - the 155-mile, seven day Gobi March.

The Guardian: The Gobi March ultra: a 155-mile, seven-day antidote to modern life   July 15, 2014
My race started on the fourth day. We’d already run 70 miles over three stages - through the stifling heat of the Gobi Desert; scrambling down and up ...

Ming Pao: SMEs develop oversea markets by Internet   April 19, 2013
Sharing the experience of the winning company - RacingThePlanet Ltd use Internet to expand overseas business.

DIE WELT: UBS-Hedgefonds-Managerin läuft 250-km-Marathon in der Wüste Gobi   April 23, 2013
More and more women from the financial sector participate in ultra-marathons.

SFGate: women go to extremes   April 22, 2013
Natalia Watkins, a 40-year-old Hong Kong-based executive for HSBC Holdings Plc (HSBA), knows about endurance.

Bloomberg: women go to extremes   April 22, 2013
Natalia Watkins, a 40-year-old Hong Kong-based executive for HSBC Holdings Plc (HSBA), knows about endurance.

An endurance ordeal by sand and in snow   December 5, 2012
Australia's Born To Run team has completed the Four Deserts Grand Slam, crossing the Sahara, Atacama, Gobi and Antarctic deserts together.

Pushed to the limit: The World's Toughest Endurance Challenges   November 28, 2012
While obesity rates soar in the developed world and we live an ever more sedentary lifestyle, the flip side to this health time bomb is the paradox th...

My Perfect Adventure: Dean Karnazes   December 12, 2012
The legendary ultramarathoner tells us why he blames his little habit on tequila, and that he’d be all in for a marathon in outer space—but also that ...

Adventure traveler Len Stanmore is not your average retiree   December 1, 2012
Millions of people dream of traveling more when they retire, but it’s a safe bet that few would approach their leisure years like Len Stanmore.


One of the few deserts on Earth that doesn't receive any rain. It is a plateau in South America, covering a 600-mile (1,000 km) strip of land on the Pacific coast of South America, west of the beautiful Andes mountains.



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