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Breaking News 5
Sat, 3 August 2013 at 16:15
An impressive group of 270 competitors (from Brazil to India to Zimbabwe) has completed Competitor Check-In for the sixth annual Roving Race in Iceland. Competitors ranged from experienced ultrarunners, including Canadian Shayne Stoik who completed the 4 Deserts Grand Slam in 2010, to first-time multi-stage distance runners. New competitor Jonathon Kissick from Perth, Australia, seemed relaxed. "I'm looking forward to getting out on the course," he said. Ross Hunt of the United Kingdom was not going to let anything prevent him from getting to the start line: despite organizing all of his food into lightweight plastic bags, Ross brought all of his original food packaging to Check-In to ensure that he could prove his minimum 14,000 calories for the week. All race participants have now left the Grand Hotel in Reykjavik on their way to Camp 1 in central Iceland. They will make a surprise stop at Stori-Geysir, also known as The Great Geysir, on their way to Camp.
Breaking News 4
Sat, 3 August 2013 at 10:00
Competitors for RacingThePlanet: Iceland 2013 are now beginning Competitor Check-In at the Grand Hotel, having just finished listening to the Competitor Briefing led by Event Director Riitta Hanninen and President of Events Samantha Fanshawe. The hotel ballroom is full of energy and excitement for the upcoming event. American Lisa Cox said, "I'm very excited and a little nervous due to the unknown weather. But I'm looking forward to the incredible, beautiful views on the course." Martin Hennessy arrived from Ireland for his third RacingThePlanet event at Iceland. When asked how he's feeling, he answered, "top of the world," then continued by saying, "Bring on the rain. I love the cold and this weather." Check-In will continue until approximately 14:00 with competitors leaving for Camp 1, "Kerlingarfjoll," later this afternoon.
Breaking News 3
Fri, 26 July 2013 at 20:00
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Breaking News 2
Sun, 14 July 2013 at 10:00
The management team head to Iceland next week to finalise all details. Look out for photos, weather reports and information from the field.
Breaking News 1
Wed, 11 January 2012 at 09:00
The Roving Race in 2013 is RacingThePlanet: Iceland which will start on 4 August 2013. Follow the breaking news that will be posted several times per day during the race.
Stage 1: Breaking News 5
Sun, 4 August 2013 at 23:59
CORRECTION: 266 (not 169) competitors completed Stage 1. Apologies for this typing error.
Stage 1: Breaking News 4
Sun, 4 August 2013 at 23:59
Stage 1 of RacingThePlanet: Iceland 2013 saw 266 competitors successfully complete the day. The final finisher across the line was Wilka Menzies of Indonesia in 9 hours, 46 minutes. The leaders included Saudi Arabia's Mo Foustok in first position overall, with the United States' Justus Meyer in second position and the United Kingdom's Thomas Naughton in third. For the women, Lia Farley of the United States finished in first position (11th overall) with South Africa's Linda Doke and Denmark's Zenia Inselmann taking second and third position, respectively. Singaporean Wei Yong Liew withdrew due to an injured ankle. Competitors will begin Stage 2, called Langjokoll (meaning "Long Glacier"), at 08:00 tomorrow morning.
Stage 1: Breaking News 3
Sun, 4 August 2013 at 15:03
101 competitors have now crossed the finish line of Stage 1, titled Between Two Glaciers. The strong wind continued blowing throughout the day. Thomas Naughton who finished the stage at 11:54:00 commented: 'Word of the day is windy. Actually it wasn't too bad, the first half of the day the wind was behind which was helpful. The last section was harder.' Mo Foustok, who took the stage said: 'It was cold and this is really my environment but it was a pretty fast stage. Let's see how it goes tomorrow'. For Kristina Myreen and Roberto Rivola this was a tough day but the best moment was seeing the glacier coming out of the fog when the sun came out. Toby Brown, Werner Du Toit and Rebecca Sinclair were some of the most recent arrivals.
Stage 1: Breaking News 2
Sun, 4 August 2013 at 09:06
RacingThePlanet: Iceland 2013 officially began with 270 starters at 08:00 in cold and windy conditions. As a result of the weather, today's course has been altered to avoid a river crossing. Competitors will now be completing a total of 44.9 kilometers over mostly dirt track with views of glaciers and the Kerlingarfjoll mountain range. Earlier in the morning competitors arose in 1 degree Celsius temperatures. They bundled up in full gear and gathered around the campfire and hot water tent to get warm. The start line at Camp 1 was misty and the course remains under an overcast sky.
Stage 1: Breaking News 1
Fri, 3 August 2012 at 09:00
Breaking News for Stage 1 will be posted on Sunday, 4 August.
Stage 2: Breaking News 4
Mon, 5 August 2013 at 23:59
Stage 2 of RacingThePlanet: Iceland was a difficult day of racing with rocky, hilly terrain with continued cold temperatures and strong winds. Two hundred and fifty-eight competitors completed the stage, which took them close to the Langjokull Glacier. The men's race was close, with Saudi Arabia's Mo Foustok continuing to lead the race as the overall leader. Less than five minutes later arrived second place runner Tom Flummerfelt of the United States. Within another five minutes was Andrew Dawson of Australia, Michael Sanderson of South Africa and Justus Meyer of the United States. Yesterday's third place finisher Thomas Naughton was forced to resign after a muscle injury. In the women's field, American Lia Farley continues to dominate, arriving in sixth position overall and nearly an hour ahead of second place finisher Linda Doke of South Africa. Photos and videos of the stage are now available online.
Stage 2: Breaking News 3
Mon, 5 August 2013 at 12:36
Checkpoint 2 of Stage 2 has seen 251 competitors through a difficult section of rocky terrain. The wind is fierce and has not let up despite weather reports for calmer skies. The last competitors through were Team Runtur of the United Kingdom consisting of Chris Sharrock and his three children. "Can you turn the wind down?" asked Kristina Arthur of New Zealand who arrived just before them. Competitors are stopping often to clear their shoes of sand and rocks. They leave the checkpoint heading towards a bridge to a glacial waterfall.
Stage 2: Breaking News 2
Mon, 5 August 2013 at 09:26
Stage 2 started at 8:00 from a windy camp that is located just outside Kerlingarfjoll. Despite the cold night and another morning with howling winds, the competitors were in great spirits. Andrew Strachan, a resident of Hong Kong, was enjoying the morning and cooler weather just outside a small building that provides hot water. Today's stage, is named after the glacier Langjokull (Long Glacier), which competitors will pass, and it is just over 47 kilometers. Competitors will go through valleys, rocky scenery and past a glacial lake on their way to Camp 3.
Stage 2: Breaking News 1
Fri, 3 August 2012 at 09:00
Breaking News for Stage 2 will be posted on Monday, 5 August.
Stage 3: Breaking News 4
Tue, 6 August 2013 at 23:08
Stage 3 came to end today with James Bean of South Africa as the final competitor in the campsite. Competitors enjoyed near perfect conditions today with the blue sky and mild winds and temperatures. Mo Foustok of Saudia Arabia captured the third stage followed closely by Justus Meyer of the United States. American Lia Farley easily captured the women's division. Team Bold Puppy of Ireland came in first in the team division followed by Team CEIBIS of China. 4 Deserts Club member Shayne Stoik of Canada was waiting at the finishline and said "it was the most beautiful stage outside of Antarctica that he has seen," but he may have been the only person who "missed the cold wind today." The campsite was situated in front of a mountain with a beautiful view of a lake in the distance. Competitors are now asleep awaiting the the start of Stage 4 which will begin with a 400 meter run through an underground Lava Tunnel followed by an obstacle course through geothermal pools.
Stage 3: Breaking News 3
Tue, 6 August 2013 at 19:37
It was a beautiful sunny day for Stage 3. Lots of smiles as people arrived at Camp 4. 154 competitors have completed the stage so far with Martyn Sawyer and Harold Roberts the latest to arrive coming in together smiling as they questioned if the rocks on the last section had been put there on purpose. 4 Deserts Club member Shayne Stoik was waiting at the finishline and said "it was the most beautiful stage outside of Antarctica that he has seen", but may have been the only person who "missed the cold wind today." Checkpoint 1 and 2 have closed with only eight people left to reach checkpoint 3.
Stage 3: Breaking News 2
Tue, 6 August 2013 at 13:05
Stage 3 began at 9:30 am today with 257 starters. The skies were clear with a mild wind, unlike yesterday's 100 KPH winds. Stage 3 is 43.5 kilometers. The course follows a dirt path which winds through lava fields. A huge thanks to the Seeds volunteers in Iceland who are doing an amazing job putting up and taking down the campsite each day. Martyn Sawyer and Harold Roberts, friends from the 4 Deserts Club, looked battered but were hopeful with the improved weather. Derek Kwik of Hong Kong was limping around the campsite but in good spirits. Michael Chandler of Hong Kong was in his usual good spirits as were married couple Mark and Sarah Ellis.
Stage 3: Breaking News 1
Fri, 3 August 2012 at 09:00
Breaking News for Stage 3 will be posted on Tuesday, 6 August.
Stage 4: Breaking News 4
Wed, 7 August 2013 at 16:39
128 competitors have made it to Camp 5 after less than 9 hours. The Camp is in the middle of a grass field on the edge of Thousand River Road. Checkpoint 2 has closed and Checkpoint 3 has just 9 people left to reach it. The latest into Camp was Nicolas Robin followed by Ben and Michael Chandler together. The leading lady, Lia Farley said "the stage was awful, but beautiful. I loved the first section". Emily Woodland "I loved today, it was difficult but I much prefer that terrain." At the geothermal area between Checkpoint 3 and Camp some volunteers were boiling eggs for competitors in the bubbling thermal pools, "I thought they were joking when I was offered a boiled egg" said Linda Doke. Iris Hormann said "the egg was such a nice surprise. Thank you for the egg." Tina-Marie Van-Zyl came into Camp and said "it was another 8 hrs today but it did not feel like 8 hours at all. It was great!" Hombres de Maiz found two fellow competitors to keep them company on the stage and asked at the finish line if they "could sign up two more team members" - they were Li Guo and Bertille Tillot. Competitors continue to come in a steady stream. With some visiting the hot stream to warm up while Rory Arnott from Team Bold Puppy went thigh deep in the cold river. It's cloudy weather with a chilly breeze but no rain.
Stage 4: Breaking News 3
Wed, 7 August 2013 at 12:36
Checkpoint 1 closed 3.5 hours after the start of the race with 244 competitors still in the race. All who went through the lava tube enjoyed it - even the leader Mo Foustok said "it was cool". In general words used to describe it were "unexpected", "unusual", "mind blowing" and "a first for RacingThePlanet". Ben Chandler came through checkpoint 1 in 117th position. Andrew Strachan was in 181st just behind Michael Sammis who had spent some time together on course.
Stage 4: Breaking News 2
Wed, 7 August 2013 at 09:45
Competitors enjoyed a warmer morning at Camp 4 located just by the Mid-Atlantic Ridge where two tectonic plates (Eurasian and the North American Plate) meet, and the location of Iceland's largest natural lake, the Thingvallavatn. The camp was covered by fog this morning in the sun rise. Competitors who gathered around the camp site for breakfast and the morning's briefing, were all in good spirits and anxious to start another day. Paul Harbaugh and Chris Jacob, also known as the Vikings, were getting ready for a relaxed start and busy fixing their viking costumes. Kirtiraj Chauhan of India was hoping there's no more rocky terrain. Although he did agree what hasn't been good on his feet, the amazing scenery has more than made up for it. Today's stage, which is 40.2 kilometers, takes competitors through a 400-meter lava tunnel and a geothermal area with bubbling mud.
Stage 4: Breaking News 1
Fri, 3 August 2012 at 09:00
Breaking News for Stage 4 will be posted on Wednesday, 7 August.
Stage 5: Breaking News 5
Fri, 9 August 2013 at 16:15
Competitors are now resting in a large sports complex in southern Iceland. There is an outdoor heated pool, hot tubs and showers. Yesterday's 63.7 kilometer stage was brutal with fierce winds, cold temperatures and rain. The campsite was shifted from the seaside to a sports complex in Thorlakshofn, to ensure competitors would be out of any more unexpected harsh conditions. Bob Haugh of Kentucky is glad to have completed all stages to date, but said he is greatly missing his friends Marshall Ullrich and Mark Macy. One thing that all competitors have agreed on is that Icelandic Glacial water was the best spring water they have ever tasted. Tomorrow's Stage 6, which finishes at the iconic Blue Lagoon, will see around 230 competitors from more than 50 countries complete the 250-kilometer course. More than 40 competitors have withdrawn. Mo Foustok of Saudia Arabia and Lia Farley of the United States are expected to be crowned champions. Team Bold Puppy of Ireland is expected to win the team division.
Stage 5: Breaking News 4
Fri, 9 August 2013 at 01:46
Checkpoint 4 closed at 9pm, 11 hours after starting, Lin Jing Jing and Yu Miao were the last competitors to leave with Haresh Tilani as well as the remaining members of the Icelandic Team Kate Choyce and Hulda Gardarsdottir. Their team mate Rebekka Gardarsdottir withdrew at Checkpoint 2. Checkpoint 5 has also closed with no withdrawals. Colin Nanka and Chloe Irons were towards the back group and were going strong. We are now looking forward to welcoming the last 20 people to cross the finish line and to be taken by bus to tonight's "camp" 20 minutes away. Tonight's camp is a community gym to take shelter from the wind and rain. The highlights of today were the beach and the lava cliffs.
Stage 5: Breaking News 3
Thu, 8 August 2013 at 13:40
Stage 5 is well underway with checkpoint 1 and 2 closed and all 234 competitors who started passed through. Fifteen have passed through Checkpoint 4, 42kms into the stage after 5 hours and 15 mins. Most recently Fabien Billaud went through in 16th position saying he felt "great, I am surprised". First three into Checkpoint 4 were Mo Foustok, Justus Meyer and Ralph Crowley, all very close together. First woman was Lia Farley in 15th position. Others through so far in order of arrival after the top 3 are Tom Flummerfelt, James Breyfogle, Ake Fagereng, Ville Tuominen, Michael Sanderson, Bjorn Van Camp, Jan Orye, Davide Lugato, John Kennedy and Sigurdur Kiernan from Iceland. The wind and showers has continued but temperatures remaining a mild 9 degrees Celsius.
Stage 5: Breaking News 2
Thu, 8 August 2013 at 10:40
Of 270 original starters at RacingThePlanet: Iceland 2013, 234 competitors have begun Stage 5, "The Long March to the Arctic Ocean." At 64 kilometers / 40 miles long, the stage is the longest of the week, taking competitors from the grasslands of Thousand River Road to the shores of the Arctic Ocean where they will navigate beach terrain and lava cliffs. Competitors awoke again this morning to cold temperatures and rain, slowly moving out of their sleeping bags to prepare for the lengthy day. The constant cold and wet has proved challenging for many, and with a forecast of rain for the next 24 hours, looks to be another day of battling both a significant physical challenge as well as the natural elements of the island country.
Stage 5: Breaking News 1
Thu, 8 August 2013 at 00:00
Breaking News for Stage 5 will be posted from Thursday, 8 August to Friday 9 August.
Stage 6: Breaking News 6
Sat, 10 August 2013 at 14:49
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 for Stage 6. They stuck together as one of them struggled with his ankle. In front of them was Colin Nanka from Canada and Guan Kheng (Brian) Kho from Malaysia. After hot soup and a recovery swim in the Blue Lagoon, competitors are headed back to Reykjavik to rest before the Awards Banquet tonight. Congratulations go out to all competitors who took part in the race.
Stage 6: Breaking News 5
Sat, 10 August 2013 at 12:15
Competitors, staff, volunteers, friends and family are busy celebrating at the Stage 6 finish line. Wika Menzies said she felt, "Overjoyed. Words can't describe it." Mark Rawson then said of the race, "We loved every moment. I know that sounds silly but even the tough things gave you something to think about. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The country is beautiful." Of his accomplishment, Jon Kissick said, "I feel very proud of myself. I don't normally feel proud of something. This is a little one that I might start dropping into conversations."
Stage 6: Breaking News 4
Sat, 10 August 2013 at 11:02
Mo Foustok, Overall Champion of RacingThePlanet: Iceland 2013, has completed the final stage in 46 minutes 8 seconds, guaranteeing his win at the sixth annual Roving Race. "It was such a nice course. I started too quickly I think and it was very difficult the last two days. But I loved the week. The course was beautiful. Now it's time for Madagascar." Competitors are crossing the finish line in misty conditions at the clear aqua lagoons to a cheering crowd and traditional Icelandic meat soup of lamb and root vegetables.
Stage 6: Breaking News 3
Sat, 10 August 2013 at 10:39
Competitors began Stage 6, "Final Footsteps to the Blue Lagoon" at 10:00. A crowd awaits them at the final finish line at the famous Iceland spot.
Stage 6: Breaking News 2
Sat, 10 August 2013 at 08:00
Competitors are now preparing for the final 9.3 kilometer stage of RacingThePlanet: Iceland 2013. Most competitors have set their strategy for the day. Hiroaki Nakamura of Japan said, "I'm looking forward to it. The last 9.3 is my last sprint in Iceland. I'll do my best." Belgian Virginie Goethals said she would "run and fly." Ali Kedami, who has withdrawn but completing the final stage, said his strategy was "to follow Mo (Foustok)." Others were preparing for the day. Nir Cohen of Israel said with a smile, "I'm cold, I stink, my legs hurt but otherwise everything's okay." Competitors are also looking forward to finishing the week and getting home. American Mandi Austin said, "I just want to finish. Actually, I can't wait for a nice shower and to wash my hair." Ben Chandler of the United Kingdom said his goal was, "to get this over as quickly as possible as my biggest luxury right now would be to see my wife and kids."
Stage 6: Breaking News 1
Fri, 3 August 2012 at 09:00
Breaking News for Stage 6 will be posted on Saturday, 9 August.