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1: What is RacingThePlanet: Ecuador 2015?
RacingThePlanet: Ecuador 2015 is part of the Roving Race series organized by the 4 Deserts Race Series and sponsored by RacingThePlanet. The Roving Race series consists of one race each year, which takes place in a new location each time. The first Roving Race took place in the highlands of Sapa in Vietnam in 2008, followed by Fish River Canyon and the Skeleton Coast of Namibia in 2009, the Outback of Australia in 2010, the foothills of the Himalayas in Nepal in 2011, from Wadi Rum to Petra in Jordan in 2012 and in the volcanic scenery of Iceland in 2013. The next Roving Race is set for Madagascar in August 2014, followed by Ecuador in 2015.
2: What is the format of RacingThePlanet: Ecuador 2015?
The Roving Races follow the same format as the prestigious 4 Deserts Race Series. They are 250 kilometer / 155 mile, 7-day, 6-stage, self-supported endurance footraces through the most remote, beautiful and culturally rich places on earth. The races are self-supported which means that competitors must carry all their own equipment and food, but are provided with water and a place in a tent each day and are supported by professional medical and operations teams. The format is very similar to the Tour de France, except by foot and self-supported.
3: Why was Ecuador chosen as the location for the Roving Race in 2015?
We always seek to find geographically stunning, diverse, and unspoiled locations that are rich in culture. Ecuador meets this profile perfectly. It is one of the most interesting and beautiful locations in South America. The diverse landscape ranges from the pristine coastline to highlands, snow-capped volcanoes and the Amazonian rainforest, combined with indigenous Inca and Spanish colonial culture and the unique wildlife of Galápagos Islands.

Previous Roving Race locations are Vietnam, Namibia, Australia, Nepal, Jordan and Iceland.
4: Do I have to complete one or more of the 4 Deserts Race Series first?
The Roving Race series is completely separate to the 4 Desert Race Series, although it is organised by the same company and follows the same format. You do not need to complete a 4 Deserts event in order to take part in RacingThePlanet: Ecuador 2015, anyone may apply for a place in a Roving Race. However, Roving Races do not count towards qualification for The Last Desert (Antarctica).
5: Do I need to qualify to take part?
You do not need to meet any qualification criteria in order to enter RacingThePlanet: Ecuador but you need to prove that you are healthy and fit by submitting a medical form with information on your fitness level, and a doctor's certificate. These must be submitted two months before the event.
6: Who typically competes in the 4 Deserts Race Series or a Roving Race?
Our competitors are made up of a diverse group of people brought together by one common goal: to complete the 250 kilometers / 155 miles of the race. They are typically high achievers who believe in maximizing every opportunity in life.

Many are working professionals who work full time, some have families, many do a lot of community service and all lead a healthy lifestyle. The range of professions of our competitors includes medical doctors, professors, investment bankers, small business owners, actors/actresses, entrepreneurs, stay-at-home mums and dads, journalists, students, top athletes and coaches, military personnel and managers.

We have many father/son, father/daughter, mother/son, husband/wife and brother/sister competitors.

The events are international with more than 40 countries represented in each event. Typically 20% are women, and 80% percent men.
7: How much time do I need to do the event?
You need to reserve 9 days for the event, plus traveling time to the host town / city. You need to arrive 2 days before the start of the event and are free to leave any time after the event finishes but we recommend that you leave the day after the conclusion of the race so as not to miss the awards banquet. Have a look at the full itinerary.
8: I don't think I can run 250 kilometers / 155 miles, can I still make the cut-off
The event is set up to allow for generous cut-off times which are based on a 4 km / hour pace. Approximately 20% of competitors will run most of the course, 60% combine running with walking, and 20% will walk the entire course. If you can complete in 40 kilometers / 25 miles in 8-10 hours then you will be able to meet the cut-off times.
9: How much training is required?
Our competitors are busy people – we don't expect them to train all the time, but a minimum amount of training is expected. 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 people to finish.

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare and train for the event, some of these are listed below:
  • The expert articles prepared for you by doctors, health and sports professionals, have a variety of topics on training preparation and medical care. All articles are available at the event website.
  • Preparing for an Event is a particularly useful article to read to get you started.
  • Blogs of past competitors are a great way to get training tips that you can implement in your own training plan.
  • You can also contact us for more information or to get connected with other competitors.
10: How far in advance do I need to sign up?
The 4 Deserts Race Series and Roving Races are very popular - some events sell out more than one year in advance. We recommend that prospective competitors complete an online registration as early as possible. Places are confirmed upon receipt of the deposit payment.

The number of competitors for each event is limited to 150 - 300 competitors depending on the event. Once the event is full, all new applications will be put on the waiting list.
11: What is included in the entry fee?
 Your entry fee includes almost everything once you arrive at the event hotel in the host town / city on the Friday before the race starts until you leave the Sunday after it finishes. Specifically this is:
  • Two night’s accommodation in the event hotel (one before and one after the event on specified days – this is based on two people sharing a room)
  • Tented accommodation during the race
  • Transportation to Camp 1 and from the Finish Line to your event hotel
  • Full medical and operational support during the race
  • Drinking water throughout the race and hot water at each Camp
  • Breakfast and lunch the day before the race
  • Awards Banquet after the race
  • Finisher medal
  • Official event clothing
  • Additional costs you need to consider are flights / transport to the event hotel and the equipment for the race.
12: What medical support is provided?
 We have a fully qualified team of medical doctors from the United States at each event, many of whom have worked at number of races at the 4 Deserts Race Series and Roving Races. Most doctors are emergency physicians who have affiliations with Stanford University or other reputable medical schools and many have been through a Wilderness Fellowship.

During the race, there is a medical doctor at most checkpoints, to offer assistance and care on the course. There is also a medical tent at each camp, where competitors can seek medical assistance or advice. Note that this is a self-supported race - each competitor needs to bring the mandatory medical items that are listed in the equipment list but there is no penalty for speaking to a doctor.
13: What equipment do I need?
You must carry ALL the "mandatory" equipment items at all times during the race, including food and electrolytes. The Equipment List, that has all mandatory gear listed, can be found under the equipment section on this website and in the Competitor Area. The Equipment List has also a section of optional gear that you can choose to bring for additional comfort.
14: How much does an average backpack weight?
When full, most competitor backpacks range in weight from 7-15 kilograms / 15-33 pounds, with the average backpack weighing 9 kilograms / 20 pounds (without water). It is recommended to keep you backpack below 12 kilograms / 26 pounds. Note that the weight of your bag will decrease each day as the food forms a considerable part of the backpack weight.
15: Where do competitors sleep each night?
At the end of each stage, you will meet your fellow competitors, as well as the staff and volunteers, in an incredible campsite where you will sleep in tents. You will get to enjoy sun rises and sun sets in the middle of nature in Ecuador. Each competitor is assigned to a tent within the campsite which will sleep up to ten people. The tent will be your home for the week. You will also have a camp fire each night and morning and access to hot water for preparing meals.
16: How do I get to the start of the race?
We provide information on common flight routes and a local contact to help you make arrangements once you get to the country of the race. This includes additional nights in a hotel, airport transfers, domestic flights and any additional travel arrangements you may choose to make. Once you have confirmed your place by paying the entry fee, we will send you more information on travel arrangements.
17: How can my friends or relatives follow the race?
The event website (www.racingtheplanet.com/ecuador) is updated daily during the race with real time breaking news, stage updates, results, competitor blogs as well as features and hundreds of photos and videos. These updates will keep family, friends and colleagues up-to-date of the leaders, the middle of the field, the back of the field, weather conditions, etc. If you would like your family member or a friend to be part of the event, they may want to consider helping by being a volunteer. It is a seven day, full on job but also a fun and memorable experience shared with a group of international volunteers. Your family and friends can also contact us if they wish to come to cheer at the finish line.
18: What is special about RacingThePlanet: Ecuador 2015?
Each event highlights the beauty and culture of the region with the hope of preserving it for generations to come. In RacingThePlanet: Ecuador 2015 you will experience the indigenous Native American and Inca heritage of 11,000 years as well as the breathtaking scenery among the different eco-systems that are a home for hundreds of unique species of wildlife. This Roving Race is an ideal opportunity to explore the beauty and diversity of Ecuador and combine a relaxing holiday afterwards in unique Galápagos Islands.
19: Why do you limit the number of competitors in each event to a relatively small number?
The 4 Deserts Race Series and Roving Races are a unique, special experience. Solitude leads to a different type of challenge and it can be a very spiritual experience. With a small number of competitors you will get to meet many of them, some who will likely become life-long friends.
20: What is the best part of the event?
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 husband / wife!
21: Can I run for a charity?
Absolutely – we encourage it. People support different charities for personal reasons and therefore we welcome you to choose a charity of your choice to support through the event. Many of our competitors have raised significant amounts of money for charities all over the world.
22: My ultimate goal is to complete The Last Desert in Antarctica. Does RacingThePlanet: Ecuador 2015 count towards the qualifications?
No. The Last Desert (Antarctica) is only open to those who have completed two of the other 4 Deserts which include the Gobi March in China, the Atacama Crossing in Chile and the Sahara Race in Egypt. The Roving Races do not count towards The Last Desert qualifications.
23: Any last words to describe RacingThePlanet: Ecuador 2015?
Life enhancing for all, life changing for many.
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