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    Sri Lanka 14 Feb 2016
    Sahara Race Namibia 1 May 2016
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    Atacama Crossing Chile 2 Oct 2016
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NEXT ROVING RACE IN SRI LANKA (Starts on 14 Feb 2016)

Staff & Volunteers

1 of 6Samantha Fanshawe
President, Events
United Kingdom, Resident in Hong Kong

2 of 6Carlos Garcia Prieto
Course Director

3 of 6Riitta Hanninen
Head of Events
Finland, Resident in Hong Kong

4 of 6Tony Brammer
Checkpoint Captain
United Kingdom

5 of 6Zeana Haroun
Event Manager
United States, Resident in Hong Kong

6 of 6Hernan Garcia
Camp Manager
Argentina, Resident in United States

As President of RacingThePlanet Events, Samantha Fanshawe has something of a natural flair for being a citizen of the planet. She was born to British parents in Peru, and went to school in Pakistan for a few years before the age of 11.

After graduating from the University of Leeds with a joint honors degree in Maths and Biology she took some time out to see the word, including working in Sydney, Australia, before returning to the United Kingdom for two years in business development of corporate clients in the recruitment industry. She was then transferred to Singapore with the same company for a regional management role before moving to Penang in Malaysia and then Hong Kong.

Along the way she mastered the art of dragon boat racing, competing in Dragon Boat World Championships. Sam is an all-around sportswoman, a keen squash player and fan of running, hiking, horse riding and mountain biking. It was while in Asia that she took up running a bit more seriously, starting with more than a dozen half-marathons, and then completing the Singapore Marathon, sprint triathlons, adventure races and ultramarathons such as the Hong Kong Oxfam Trailwalker, the Gobi March, Vibram HK 100, and Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset.

Sam volunteered in the Gobi March 2005 when it was held in the Turpan Basin in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region of far western China. Despite it being the hottest event on record, she fell in love with the spirit of RacingThePlanet and soon came on board as a staff member. Sam has been to more than twenty RacingThePlanet / 4 Deserts events, in a management capacity.

Spaniard Carlos Garcia Prieto has worked as the Course Director at eight 4 Deserts Race Series events and more than a dozen ultra distance events in total. A qualified architect, Carlos established his own design company after graduating from the Higher Technical School of Architecture in University of Madrid in 1990 with a Architect degree and has since gained more than 11 years experience in designing commercial spaces and public architecture.

Carlos' skill and knowledge of course design is an obvious by-product of his experience as both a designer and competitor. He completed his first 4 Deserts event in 2007 and soon after decided to tackle the 4 Deserts Series. He is a 4 Deserts Club member, having successfully completed the Atacama Crossing (Chile) 2007, Gobi March (China) 2007, Sahara Race (Egypt) 2008 and The Last Desert (Antarctica) 2008. He has also completed the Marathon des Sables, Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, Grand Raid Reunion, RacingThePlanet: Vietnam 2008 and a number of other ultra marathons.

A lover of the outdoors and pursuer of sporting challenges, multilingual Carlos has now worked as the Course Director for the Sahara Race in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2014, Australia 2010, Antarctica 2012, Jordan 2012 and Iceland 2013. He has also set a number of 100-kilometer courses in the Sahara, Namib and Kalahari Deserts.

Carlos is an active member of the ultra marathon community. He regularly talks on ultrarunning and is a contributing editor for leading sports publications in Spain and Italy.

What does this 4 Deserts enthusiast say he loves most about the events? "In the 4 Deserts you are never alone. You can run alone, but you will always find someone that will give you a hand."

Riitta Hanninen's passion for the great outdoors can be traced back to her childhood in the pristine environment of Finland. Thousands of lakes and vast forests lying just beyond her doorstep inspired a life of sports and a love of the outdoors.

After graduating with a degree in Tourism and Event Management from Jyvaskyla University of Applied Sciences, Riitta moved to Asia to pursue a career in international business and event management. She worked in corporate events for four years before moving into sports event management.

A resident of Hong Kong since 2004, Riitta has competed in numerous trail-running and action sport races including the Hong Kong Trailwalker (2005, 2008 and 2009), where she finished in the top three of the women's category on two occasions. She has also had successes in other races throughout Asia as a member of the champion mixed team in Taiwan in 2006 and as first and second runner-up in Hong Kong in 2007 and 2008, respectively. Riitta has also competed in many dragon boat and outrigger canoe races. She earned third place in the women's local surfski category of Hong Kong's Dragon Run in 2010.

Riitta has worked on the management team at more than fifteen 4 Deserts / Roving Race Series events since she joined 4 Deserts in 2010. She is responsible for the Roving Race Series.

What else can possibly be said about England’s Tony Brammer? The 4 Deserts Club member from Manchester is a legend in his own lunchtime, a man whose sense of humour is seemingly as great as his determination to finish as far back in the field as possible. The father of two only set out to complete one event of the 4 Deserts series. He achieved that aim with the Sahara Race (Egypt) 2005 but carried on through the Atacama Crossing (Chile) 2006, the Gobi March (China) 2007 and The Last Desert (Antarctica) 2008. A company owner and consultant for Brammer Dixon, Tony is a man who sees the funny side of most things. The harder it gets, the more he’s likely to call on his sense of humour to see him through. Behind the humour and self-effacing exterior is a man dedicated to helping others. As a 4 Deserts competitor Tony raised money for a children’s charity called SAFE at Last, which helps young people who run away from home. Tony is a dedicated RacingThePlanet volunteer having worked on the volunteer team at RacingThePlanet: Namibia 2009, the Atacama Crossing (Chile) 2010 and 2012, RacingThePlanet: Nepal 2011, the Sahara Race (Egypt) 2008 and 2012, the Gobi March (China) 2013, RacingThePlanet: Iceland 2013, Sahara Race 2014 (Jordan), RacingThePlanet: Madagascar 2014 and Atacama Crossing 2014 (Chile). He arrives to RacingThePlanet: Ecuador 2015 to volunteer as a Checkpoint Captain.

Zeana Haroun joins the 4 Deserts Race Series with a background in event coordination and a fondness for adventures. Born in Sierra Leone to an American mother and Lebanese father, the adventures started early. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in International Development, and then went on to further her studies with a Masters in Public Health from the University of Liverpool.

She left the US in 2003 for a 3 month internship with The U.S. State Department in Switzerland â" eleven years, three countries and countless adventures later she still hasnât returned. Her experience in Switzerland, Singapore and Hong Kong, work with the US and Australian government and coordination of the growth of start-up, high-level international school have tested and proven her abilities to manage and coordinate all different types of events.

Zeana has always enjoyed running and started pushing things a bit further with her first marathon 6 years ago in Singapore. Since then she has participated in many other races, marathons, half marathons, ultra and multi-stages around the world and has supported fellow runners by officially pacing several races. She enjoys pushing limits and seeing just how far the mind will let the body go.

Argentinean Hernan Garcia works as an engineer in Florida in the United States where he also has his own sports store. As an experienced athlete in all things nautical, Hernan has sailed extensively around the world. He also has more than twenty-five marathons under his belt and has completed the Sahara Race (Egypt) 2009, the Gobi March (China) 2011 and the Atacama Crossing (Chila) 2012 as well as undertaking a 10-day hike on the continental ice shelf in Patagonia. Hernan has worked as a camp manager at RacingThePlanet: Iceland 2013, Madagascar 2014 and Gobi March 2014 and as a course director at the Atacama Crossing 2014. He joins us this time at RacingThePlanet: Ecuador 2015 as a Camp Manager.
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