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Quick Facts

  • The sixth edition of the Roving Race Series, sponsored by RacingThePlanet, takes place in Iceland and starts on 4 August 2013.
  • The host city is Icelands capital, Reykjavik.
  • The Roving Race Series is an annual event which moves to a new location each year. Previous locations included Vietnam, Namibia, Australia, Nepal and Jordan. The seventh Roving Race will take place in Madagascar on 31 August 2014.
  • Iceland is one of five Nordic countries. The others are Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark. Unlike the others, Iceland is volcanic which gives its landscape outstanding and unique characteristics.
  • Iceland is very isolated, located in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean just outside the Arctic Circle.
  • The versatile and scenic landscape includes glaciers, volcanoes, geysers, fjords, rough-country, green rolling hills and mountains reaching up to 2,119meters / 6,952feet above sea level.
  • The terrain includes rough country trails, rocky and volcanic ground, sandy paths, gravel / dirt roads and grassy hills.
  • 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.
  • The population of Iceland is approximately 320,000.
  • Temperatures on the course are expected to be between 12C / 54F and 22C / 71F during the day and 0C / 32F at night. Despite being summer, there is a high chance of rain.
  • Over 50 countries are represented by the competitors. This is the largest number of countries represented in any 4 Deserts event or Roving Race.
  • Approximately 70% of the competitors are male and 30% female. This is the highest percentage of women in any 4 Deserts or Roving Race.
  • Five teams are competing in the event including Guatemalan Hombres de Maiz; Runtur a family team from Hong Kong; a team of Icelandic sisters and Runwell charity team from the USA.
  • 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: Iceland 2013 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 event.
  • During RacingThePlanet: Iceland 2013, competitors, volunteers and staff are expected to consume more than 25,000 liters of water over the seven days of the event.
  • 66 North is the official clothing partner of RacingThePlanet: Iceland 2013 providing the official uniform clothing for the staff and volunteers and a souvenir item for competitors. 66 North has been providing outdoor clothing in Iceland for more than 100 years.
  • Icelandic shipping company EimSkip is the official shipping partner of RacingThePlanet: Iceland 2013.
  • Competitors are required to pass through up to 30 checkpoints throughout the seven-day event before crossing the finish line.
  • Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue, (ICE-SAR) the national organization for search and rescue with over 18,000 volunteers is working with RacingThePlanet to ensure safety on the course and throughout the event.
  • A large number of charities are being supported through the event including Child Welfare Scheme, Good for Kids, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Runwell, Safe Families and many more. More information about each organisation is available at the charities section.