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  • RacingThePlanet: Ecuador starts on 26 July 2015. It is the 8th edition of the Roving Race. It is a 250 kilometer / 155 mile, 6-stage, 7-day, self-supported stage race.
  • Ecuador is the eighth location in the Roving Race series which moves to a new location each year. Previous locations included Vietnam, Namibia, Australia, NepalJordan and Iceland. Madagascar is the location for the 2014 Roving Race.
  • Ecuador is located in the northwest of South America, bordered by Columbia, Peru and the Pacific Ocean to the west.
  • Ecuador is the 4th smallest country in South America, consisting of a landmass that is 714 kilometers / 440 miles long and 658 kilometers / 409 miles wide.
  • Ecuador is famous for its three unique eco systems that consist of the coast (La Costa), the highlands (La Sierra) that is dominated by the Andes mountain range and the Amazonian rainforest (El Oriente) in the east.
  • The Galápagos Islands, which is home for vast number of endemic species, flora and fauna, are part of Ecuador. The islands were first studied by Charles Darwin of which contributed to his theory of evolution.
  • International flights to Ecuador arrive at the capital city Quito and some of the biggest cities including Guayaquil.
  • The climate in Ecuador is mainly determined by altitude. The Pacific coastal area has a tropical climate with a rainy season. The climate in the highlands is temperate and relatively dry and the Amazon basin on the eastern side of the mountains has a typical tropical climate of a rainforest.
  • The population of Ecuador is approximately 15 million.
  • Temperatures on the course are expected to be around 25-30°C / 77-86°F during the day and 5-10°C / 41-50°F at night.
  • Approximately 250 competitors from more than 40 countries are expected to compete in RacingThePlanet: Ecuador 2015.
  • Roughly 80% of the competitors will be male and 20% female.
  • Approximately 20% of competitors run the entire course, 60% combine running with walking, and 20% walk the entire course.
  • The fastest completion time is expected to be around 26 hours and the slowest around 70 hours.
  • RacingThePlanet: Ecuador 2015 is a self-supported race; competitors must carry everything they need for the seven days on their back. The average backpack will weigh 9 kilograms / 20 pounds.
  • Competitors use ruggedized laptops in a specially designated Cybertent to write blogs and exchange emails during the race.
  • During RacingThePlanet: Ecuador 2015, competitors, volunteers and staff are expected to consume more than 25,000 liters of water over the seven days of the race.
  • Competitors are required to pass through up to 30 checkpoints throughout the seven-day race before crossing the finish line.
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