Breaking News:  Saturday, 1 May, 2010. 12:45pm Stage 6. Salvador Calvo Redondo of Spain has won RacingThePlanet: Australia 2010. American Lia Farley was the 1st placed lady and Team Saigon Children's Charity were 1st placed team. Competitors raced to the finish line at El Questro Station to be greeted by friends, family, volunteers, staff and the children from Dawul Remote Community School, who also helped get the race off to a fantastic start last Sunday. Competitors are now enjoying some cold beers and sodas with food, basking in the sunshine and reveling in their achievements. Results will follow soon.... Breaking News Archive »



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Frequently Asked Questions:
Q1:What is RacingThePlanet: Australia 2010?
Q2:Is RacingThePlanet: Australia 2010 an ultramarathon, adventure race, expedition race or some kind of extreme race?
Q3:Why was Australia chosen as the location for RacingThePlanet?
Q4: Do I have to complete one or more of the 4 Deserts first?
Q5:What is the format of RacingThePlanet: Australia 2010?
Q6:Where do competitors sleep each night?
Q7: Who typically competes in a RacingThePlanet event?
Q8: I don't think I can run 250 kilometers, can I still make the cutoff times?
Q9:How much training will be required?
Q10:Why do you limit the number of competitors in each event to a relatively small number?
Q11: What is special about RacingThePlanet: Australia 2010?
Q12: What is the best part of the event?
Q13:Can I run for a charity?
Q14: My ultimate goal is to complete The Last Desert in Antarctica. Does RacingThePlanet: Australia count towards the qualifications?
Q15:Any last words to describe RacingThePlanet: Australia?

 



Q1: What is RacingThePlanet: Australia 2010?
A1:
: It is a seven-day, six-stage, 250-kilometer footrace across the great Outback of Australia.

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Q2: Is RacingThePlanet: Australia 2010 an ultramarathon, adventure race, expedition race or some kind of extreme race?
A2:
No, it is an endurance event, with a very similar format to the Tour de France, except by foot and self-supported.

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Q3: Why was this location chosen for RacingThePlanet: Australia 2010?
A3:
RacingThePlanet seeks a new and remote location in the world for each event. The area is chosen for its rich flora, fauna, culture and challenging and diverse terrain. The location may be anywhere from islands to deserts to mountains to jungles.

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Q4: Do I have to complete one or more of the 4 Deserts first?
A4:
No, you do not. Anyone may apply for a place in a RacingThePlanet event.

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Q5: What is the format of RacingThePlanet: Australia 2010?
A5:
RacingThePlanet follows the same signature format of the 4 Deserts, a self-supported footrace. However, the event does not necessarily take place in a desert; the event is also over seven days.

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Q6: Where do competitors sleep each night?
A6:
At the end of each stage, you will meet your fellow competitors and staff in an incredible campsite with a view of the stars and the moon unlike you have seen before. You will be assigned to a tent within the campsite which will sleep up to ten. The tent will be your home for the week. You will also have a warm fire in the morning and at night to boil water and cook.

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Q7: Who typically competes in a RacingThePlanet event?
A7:
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.

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Q8: I don't think I can run 250 kilometers, can I still make the cutoff times?
A8:
The event is set up to allow for generous cutoff times. The leaders run the whole course, and many walk the whole course.

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Q9: How much training will be required?
A9:
Our competitors are busy professionals we don't expect them to train all the time. Many complete the event with minimal training, some want to win and thus train a lot. Each competitor has his or her own goal. We simply want everyone to finish.

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Q10: Why do you limit the number of competitors in each event to a relatively small number?
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RacingThePlanet events are a unique, special experience. Solitude leads to a different type of challenge and it can be a very spiritual experience.

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Q11: What is special about RacingThePlanet: Australia 2010?
A11:
Each event highlights an indigenous culture in the region with the hope of preserving the culture for generations to come. In RacingThePlanet: Australia 2010 you will experience friendship and warmth of an ethnic culture.

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Q12: What is the best part of the event?
A12:
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!

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Q13: Can I run for a charity?
A13:
Absolutely we encourage it. Many of our competitors have raised significant amounts of money for charities all over the world.

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Q14: My ultimate goal is to complete The Last Desert in Antarctica. Does RacingThePlanet: Australia counts towards the qualifications?
A14:
No. The Last Desert is only open to those who have completed two of the "three deserts" which include the Gobi March in China, the Atacama Crossing in Chile and the Sahara Race in Egypt. RacingThePlanet: Australia does not count towards those qualifications.

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Q15: Any last words to describe RacingThePlanet: Australia?
A15:
Life enhancing for all, life changing for many.

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