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 »

  Beyond the 4 Deserts


  • The 4 Deserts is first and foremost a world-class sporting event.
  • The 4 Deserts is a series of seven-day, 250-kilometer footraces across the world's largest and most forbidding deserts.
  • You must be 21 to compete in a 4 Deserts event.
  • You may compete in any event at any time, except for The Last Desert in Antarctica which requires that you first complete two of the 4 Deserts which include the Gobi March in China, the Atacama Crossing in Chile and the Sahara Race in Egypt.
  • Many who complete an event have never completed a marathon.
  • Many simply want to complete one event and do not aspire to complete the whole series.
  • Cut-off times are generous to allow walkers to complete the course.
  • Roughly 20% run the entire course, 60% combine running with walking and 20% walk the entire course.
  • The average age of competitors is around 38.
  • 80% percent of competitors are male; 20% are female.
  • Competitors come from more than 20 countries with roughly 1/3 from North America, 1/3 from Asia and 1/3 from Europe.
  • The fastest completion time is around 25 hours and the slowest around 80 hours.
  • The average backpack weighs 20 lbs (8-9 kilograms).
  • The staff and volunteers come from all over the world.
  • If you are an official competitor, your family, friend or colleague will get first preference for volunteer places.
  • There is a professional medical team on site throughout the events with a ratio of one medical doctor/nurse for each 25 competitors.
  • The entry fee for the Gobi March, Atacama Crossing, Sahara Race, and RacingThePlanet: Australia in 2010 is US$3100.
  • Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis and entries are limited based on government and environmental concerns.
  • Many in the events raise money for charities -- competitors are free to raise money for any charity they wish.
  • For many the event is a life-changing experience.
  • 'RacingThePlanet' is an exciting 'roving' event that takes competitors to a new country each year. The inaugural event was held in Vietnam in February 2008, followed by Namibia in 2009. RacingThePlanet's next event will be staged in Australia in 2010 with Nepal planned for 2011.
  • The RacingThePlanet 100 Series will be a global series of 100 kilometer footraces with the inaugural event planned for August 2010 in and around the Taklamakan Desert of China.
We welcome all inquiries from the media about RacingThePlanet and our 4 Deserts events. The 4 Deserts takes competitors to some of the earth’s most pristine desert environments, many with ancient cultures still in evidence. These events are meant to be not only physical and mental challenges, but also rich cultural and environmental experiences. To learn more about us, here are the highlights of recent press releases and media coverage.
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