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NEXT ROVING RACE: ECUADOR 2015

Course

The course of RacingThePlanet: Jordan takes competitors across 250 kilometers (approximately 155 miles) of stunning desert terrain in the country of Jordan.  Over seven days, competitors will cross four distinct deserts (Wadi Rum, Kharaza, Humaima and Wadi Araba) and finish in the ancient city of Petra. The terrain will vary between sand, sand dunes, dirt / rock track and grasses and navigate canyons, river beds, valleys and local villages in areas seeped in Jordanian culture and history. 

Approximate distances of each stage are listed in the box to the right. Note that all distances are approximate and that accurate distances will be provided in the course book that competitors receive at Competitor Check-In the day before the event start. 

Estimated Distances
Stage 1
40 kilometers/ 25 miles
Stage 2
35 kilometers / 22 miles
Stage 3
35 kilometers / 22 miles
Stage 4
40 kilometers / 25 miles
Stage 5
90 kilometers / 56 miles
Stage 6
5 kilometers / 3.1 miles
Checkpoints
During each stage checkpoints are located approximately every 10 kilometers (6 miles) along the course.

At each checkpoint competitors must:

- Be logged on arrival by event staff.
- Take a minimum allocation of drinking water for the next section of the course.
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Abide by any instructions given by the event staff due to changing course conditions (e.g. thunderstorms, sandstorms, fog, terrain changes, etc.).

At each checkpoint competitors can: 

- Rest for a short time.
- Take advantage of the shade that the checkpoint tent provides.
- Seek advice and treatment, if appropriate, from the medical doctor at the checkpoint.

Please note that adverse weather conditions and other factors can result in changes being made to the course.

The Long March
The much-anticipated Stage 5 in all of the 4 Deserts events is known as The Long March. Generally, this stage is between 70 and 90 kilometers (43 to 56 miles) long, roughly double the length of the previous four stages.

The stage follows much the same format as the previous ones: checkpoints are located about 10 kilometers (6 miles) apart; however, many competitors will take the opportunity (the only one in the week) to have a few hours of sleep at a designated Overnight Checkpoint.

At the Overnight Checkpoint, there will usually be a tent in which competitors can sleep as well as a campfire or stove where hot water is available for drinks and meals. 



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