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ICELAND 2013

RacingThePlanet: Iceland concluded on 10 August 2013. The country of geysers, volcanoes, waterfalls, glaciers, fjords and green hills provided a dramatic backdrop for the 2013 Roving Race. The next Roving Race will start in Madagascar on 31 August 2014. To apply for a number of limited places to participate in RacingThePlanet: Madagascar 2014, click here.

  • Breaking News:
    RacingThePlanet: Iceland 2013 has concluded. The final four competitors, Team CEIBS, crossed the final finish line at 13:24 local Icelandic time in a time of 3 hours and 24 minutes...
  • Iceland 2013 Highlights Video
    Watch the highlights of the sixth Roving Race in Iceland.
    Last updated: Oct 28, 2013
  • New Feature: View from the Front
    For most RacingThePlanet competitors, it's hard to imagine crossing the finish line first.
  • New Feature: Love on the Run
    For most women, the perfect engagement involves champagne and a ring; the honeymoon, a tropical beach and cocktails. But for RacingThePlanet women, romance can be a little different: grueling runs across the desert by day, freeze-dried meals and an eight-person tent by night.
  • Stage 6 and overall results are out!
    Mo Foustok, Overall Champion of RacingThePlanet: Iceland 2013, completed the final stage in 46 minutes 8 seconds. The final four competitors, Team CEIBS, crossed the final finish line at 13:24 local Icelandic time in a time of 3 hours and 24 minutes for Stage 6.
  • Stage 5 photos are live
    Some Stage 5 photos are now live! More to come later in the day...
  • Stage 4 photos and videos are live!
    The highlights of Stage 4 were the Lava Tube, and crossing the farm area of Thingvallavatn, which is the birth place of Iceland Government.
  • Stage 3 photos and videos are live
    In this stage, competitors had to run through the Black Sand Desert between more lava fields.
  • Stage 2 photos and videos are live
    Stage 2 saw competitors race pass the Langjokull Glacier, lava fields and the black sand desert.
  • Results are out!
    Results of Stage 1 and 2 are now live
Record Number of Americans
Americans turned out in droves for RacingThePlanet: Iceland 2013.
RacingThePlanet Celebrates its 40th Event
Founded in 2002, more big plans are in the pipeline after 40 events.
Asians in Iceland
Find out why Asia was the most represented among 278 competitors.
New Feature: View from the Front
For most RacingThePlanet competitors, it's hard to imagine finishing first.
New Feature: Love on the Run
Grueling runs in the desert are romantic to RacingThePlanet couples.
New Feature: Iceland in Six Words
We present Iceland in six words: some poetic, some funny, many about the wind.
Q & A WITH 66℃ NORTH
Competitors' gear questions are answered by 66North.
Hanging Up his Stethoscope to Compete in Iceland
The ER doctor and regular medical director of RacingThePlanet / 4 Deserts events
Preparing for An Event
This feature summarises how to get started with preparations and training.
  • Pre-Race
    Saturday, 3 August 2013: Pre-Race Update   The largest group of competitors RacingThePlanet has ever seen gathered at ...
  • Stage 1
    Sunday, 4 August 2013: Stage 1 Update   RacingThePlanet competitors carry everything they need on their back – except...
  • Stage 2
    <p><font size="3"><strong>Monday, 5 August 2013: Stage 2 Update</strong></font></p> ...
  • Stage 3
    Tuesday, 6 August 2013: Stage 3 Update   Stage 3, The Black Sand Desert, started at 9:30 a.m. with clear skies, a mild wind...
  • Stage 4
    Wednesday, 7 August 2013: Stage 4 Update Camp 4, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, was covered by fog this morning as the sun rose on a w...
  • Stage 5
    Thursday - Friday, 8 - 9 August 2013: Stage 5 Update   Competitors were slow to move out of their sleeping bags ...
  • Stage 6
    Saturday, 10 August 2013: Stage 6 Update   “I’m cold, I stink, my legs hurt – but otherwise, everyt...
  • Post-Race
    Sunday, 11 August 2013: Post-Race Update   RacingThePlanet: Iceland 2013 concluded at the famous Blue Lagoon six days after...
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ABOUT Iceland

The island of Iceland is 103,000 square kilometers / 39,769 square miles (about a third of the size of the United Kingdom) and is made up mainly of mountainous lava desert. It has the most versatile and scenic landscape in the northern hemisphere with glaciers, volcanoes, geysers, fjords, rough-country, green rolling hills and mountains reaching up to 2,119 meters / 6,952 feet above sea level. The volcanically active island has a temperate climate despite its location just outside the Arctic Circle.

LEADERBOARD

  • 23h 04m1  Foustok, Mo
  • 23h 26m2  Meyer, Justus
  • 25h 31m3  Flummerfelt, Tom
  • 25h 32m4  Tuominen, Ville H.
  • 25h 40m5  Crowley, Ralph
  • 25h 51m6  Fagereng, Ake
  • 25h 58m7  Sanderson, Michael
  • 27h 12m8  Farley, Lia
  • 27h 14m9  Van Camp, Bjorn
  • 28h 05m10  De Saedeleer, Paul
  • 28h 27m11  Orye, Jan
  • 28h 38m12  Lugato, Davide
  • 28h 43m13  Waldon, Steven
  • 28h 44m14  Breyfogle, James
  • 29h 03m15  Kennedy, John M.
  • 29h 07m16  Kiernan, Sigurdur H.
  • 30h 07m17  Doke, Linda M.
  • 30h 10m18  Billaud, Fabien
  • 30h 38m19  Harrak, Said
  • 30h 49m20  Demey, Dieter
  • 31h 20m21  Mott, Paul T.
  • 31h 24m22  Williams, Matthew
  • 31h 26m23  Lefevre, Mat
  • 31h 38m24  Goethals, Virginie R.
  • 31h 39m25  Kennedy, Caryn
  • 31h 44m26  Hormann, Christian
  • 32h 37m27  Dalkilic, Alper
  • 32h 55m28  Vercammen, Maarten L. M.
  • 32h 57m29  Molemans, Patrick
  • 33h 02m30  Hawinkels, Stephen
  • 33h 23m31  Jaget, Mark
  • 33h 32m32  Cohen, Nir
  • 33h 48m33  Steenkamp, Willem B.
  • 33h 52m34  Roark, Daniel J.
  • 34h 08m35  Mokhtari, Ash
  • 34h 16m36  Traub, Michael
  • 34h 29m37  Bremner, Steve
  • 35h 16m38  Guan, Yadi
  • 35h 17m39  Nice, Donna
  • 35h 24m40  Inselmann, Zenia
  • 35h 38m41  Plane, Daniel
  • 35h 40m42  Barbalace, Domenico
  • 35h 44m43  Arnott, Rory
  • 35h 44m43  Irvine, Heather
  • 35h 44m43  Murphy, John P.
  • 35h 49m46  Bessett, Jesse
  • 35h 53m47  Gross, Michelle
  • 36h 00m48  Nakamura, Hiroaki
  • 36h 16m49  Heaslop, Rob S. A.
  • 36h 26m50  Vaughan, Glen L.
  • 36h 28m51  Nicolas, Jose

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