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  • RacingThePlanet: Madagascar starts on 31 August 2014. It is the 7th edition of the Roving Race.
  • Madagascar is located in the Indian Ocean 400 kilometers / 250 miles off the eastern coast of Africa across the Mozambique Channel, just south of the equator.
  • International flights to Madagascar arrive at the capital city Antananarivo, which is commonly referred to as Tana (for short).
  • "Madagascar is the seventh location in the Roving Race series which moves to a new location each year. Previous locations included Vietnam, Namibia, Australia, Nepal, Jordan and Iceland." The 2015 Roving Race will take place in Ecuador.
  • Over 1,580 kilometers / 1,000 miles long and 570 kilometers / 350 miles wide, Madagascar is the world's fourth largest island.
  • Part of the African continent, Madagascar has been isolated for about 88 million years, allowing it to sustain and grow the rich flora and fauna for which the island is famous.
  • Madagascar is a bio diversity hot spot with endemic species: approximately 95% of its reptiles, 89% of plant life and 92% of mammals cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
  • Madagascar's climate is tropical along the coast, temperate inland, and arid in the south. The versatile landscape includes lush rainforests, white sand beaches and turquoise endless shorelines, savannah, baobab tree alleys, rivers, and hills and mountains reaching up to 2,119 meters / 6,952 feet above sea level.
  • The population of Madagascar is just under 22 million.
  • Temperatures on the course are expected to range from 30-40C / 86-104F during the day to 15-20C / 59-68F at night. August and September are part of the dry winter season that extends from April until August but competitors should expect some humid conditions.
  • Approximately 250 competitors from more than 40 countries are expected to compete in RacingThePlanet: Madagascar 2014.
  • Roughly 80% of the competitors are male and 20% female
  • 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: Madagascar 2014 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 race.
  • During RacingThePlanet: Madagascar 2014, competitors, volunteers and staff are expected to consume more than 25,000 liters of water over the seven days of the race.
  • Competitors are required to pass through up to 30 checkpoints throughout the seven-day race before crossing the finish line.
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