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The eighth Roving Race will take place in Ecuador starting on 26 July 2015. Competitors will experience rugged highlands, stunning waterfalls, vistas of snow-capped volcanoes, cloud forests, an ancient Inca trail and ruins, lush national parks and indigenous Inca villages. You will explore the beauty, diversity and culture of the country which is also home to the Galápagos Islands, a UNESCO Heritage Site.

    Triumph for a Norwegian and Briton across the Andes Mountains in RacingThePlanet: Ecuador 2015, the Eight Annual Roving Race
    Last Updated: Aug 08, 2015
  • PRESS RELEASE: Top Contenders traverse the Andes Mountain Range in RacingThePlanet: Ecuador
    A record number of returning competitors, including nineteen 4 Deserts Club members and the winner of the first-ever 4 Deserts race will traverse the Andes in RacingThePlanet: Ecuador 2015, the eighth edition of the Roving Race, which will be held from 26, July to 1, August.
    Last Updated: Jul 23, 2015
  • Last Equipment Purchases
    We are only 10 days away from the start of the 2015 Roving Race! If you need any last minute equipment, visit RacingThePlanet.com for easy shopping and fast delivery service.
    Last Updated: Jul 17, 2015
  • Videos from the Course
    The Roving Race in Ecuador is less than 1 month away! These videos from the course and interviews with the management team include good reminders on your last preparations...
    Last Updated: Jun 29, 2015
  • Recommendations on how to pack light
    With 41 days to go, it's a good idea to start testing out how your mandatory equipment will fit into your pack. Expedition Foods offers some tips.
    Last Updated: Jun 15, 2015
  • Prepare your Equipment Early
    Now is a great time to prepare your equipment and start training with it (and a weighted pack). Remember to look at the DROP BAG items as well.
    Last Updated: May 18, 2015
  • The Route of the Volcanoes
    With just 76 days to the start of the race, have a look at the course for a refresher on what you need to prepare for.
    Last Updated: May 11, 2015
  • Champion Woodland teams up with blind competitor Dos Santos
    Read this great new feature.
    Last Updated: Apr 27, 2015
  • Beautiful Ecuador
    Ecuador is a spectacular place to visit, the vistas, landscapes and humble villages you will traverse will take your breath away. Have a look at some of the photos.
    Last Updated: Apr 20, 2015
Finding spirit in adversity
It was during The Long March - often the toughest mental and physical test in a
Mental Toughness
From sharing an iPod to spending a week competing in RacingThePlanet: Ecuador 20
A return to the mountains
One local who perhaps got more than even he bargained for was competitor Frankli
The soul man
When Charlie Engle reached the point where he wanted to quit RacingThePlanet: Ec
Returning Competitors
Leiner, who completed the 4 Deserts Grand Slam in 2012 and the Roving Race in Ic
Leading the Pack
At the midway point of the RacingThePlanet: Ecuador 2015, the leaders have shown
Introducing RacingThePlanet: Ecuador 2015
This year the 4 Deserts Race Series will stage its first Roving Race in...
Stage 6 and Post Race
Kristina Arthur
Ben Davies
Stage 5
Ben Davies
Is this thing on?
Budgie Wright
I did it!!!
Andrea Andrews
The End
Tim Lichtenstein
Alpaca Ma Bags
David Grosse
  • Pre-Race
    The eighth edition of the Roving Race, RacingThePlanet: Ecuador 2015 began early on Saturday morning with the customary compe...
  • Stage 1
    A breathtaking opening stage sets the scene for Ecuador 2015   Norwegian Ake Fagereng led competitors back to Camp 2, w...
  • Stage 2
    Strongest competitors show true colours on a tricky Ecuador stage   The leaders emerged and began showing their class d...
  • Stage 3
    Competitors in love with blue skies, great trails on Stage 3   Dry conditions, grass underfoot and spectacular scenery ...
  • Stage 4
    Tough Stage 4 as the Long March Looms   New Zealand’s Paul Hewitson took his first stage win of RacingThePlanet: ...
  • Stage 5
    The World through 3D: The Long March Concludes (Part 2)   Race leader Ake Fagereng of Norway won the Long March, finish...
  • Stage 6
    Ake Fagereng wins RacingThePlanet: Ecuador 2015   Race leader Ake Fagereng of Norway won RacingThePlanet: Ecuador 2015 ...
  • Post-Race
    The Awards Banquet   A celebration fit for the magnitude of the race that came before it closed out RacingThePlanet: Ec...
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Pushed to the limit: The World's Toughest Endurance Challenges   November 28, 2012
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Ecuador is located in the northwest of South America lying on the equator (Ecuador translates as “Republic of the Equator”) between Colombia, Peru and the Pacific Ocean. With a land mass of about 300,000 square kilometers / 176,000 square miles (about the size of the State of Nevada) it is the fourth smallest country in South America. Despite its size, it is still home to three unique eco-systems, an ancient Inca culture and the Galápagos Islands.

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  • 27h 15m36  Fagereng, Ake
  • 28h 12m45  Hewitson, Paul
  • 28h 38m25  Crowley, Ralph
  • 29h 15m131  Walton, Mark
  • 30h 41m6  Berry, Stuart
  • 31h 00m34  Engle, Charlie R.
  • 31h 06m130  Walker, Chris
  • 32h 18m21  Corr, Michael
  • 33h 30m135  Watson, David J.
  • 33h 31m126  van der Hoeven, Jan-Jilles
  • 34h 02m77  Lugato, Davide
  • 34h 22m97  Paschke, Uwe
  • 34h 34m8  Borlinha, Paul
  • 35h 11m11  Burke, Ashley
  • 35h 12m76  Lucas, Alexandre
  • 35h 16m66  Lein, Frode
  • 35h 25m108  Sawyer, Sarah
  • 35h 40m105  Rossi, Luciano
  • 35h 44m37  Field, David
  • 36h 56m31  Dombek, Magdalena
  • 37h 03m109  Sawyer, Tom
  • 37h 10m40  Freiman, Ilan
  • 37h 36m137  Williams, Matthew
  • 38h 23m101  Playfoot, Greg
  • 38h 29m83  Mokhtari, Ashkan
  • 39h 01m96  Parr, Gavin
  • 39h 05m4  Baca, Lawrence
  • 39h 17m104  Roberts, James A.
  • 39h 21m5  Barker, Lloyd
  • 39h 21m120  Taylor, Paul
  • 39h 31m49  Hogan Edwards, Fergus
  • 39h 31m50  Hogan Edwards, Kate
  • 39h 31m48  Hogan, Mick
  • 39h 53m7  Bimar, Cedric
  • 40h 25m1  Ahn, Byeung-sik
  • 40h 30m116  Simon, Paul G.J.A.
  • 41h 12m111  Shavurov, Umar
  • 41h 23m23  Couture, Joel
  • 41h 23m70  Lemieux-Rivard, Louis-Michel
  • 41h 23m41  Gonthier, Lucie
  • 41h 40m35  Espin, Andrew M.
  • 41h 59m141  Yamaguchi, Kazuma
  • 41h 59m93  Okazaki, Kenichi
  • 42h 32m140  Wright, Budgie
  • 42h 39m99  Penton, Dom J.
  • 42h 52m9  Breitenmoser, Roland
  • 43h 03m55  Jablonowski, Heather-Lynne
  • 43h 11m15  Carrara, Alessandro
  • 43h 11m98  Pei, Jun
  • 44h 24m30  Doering, Michael
  • 44h 33m63  Lee, Stan