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Writing 250 Kilometers: An Interview with Nick Mead
It is perhaps not surprising that Nick Mead’s journey to the Gobi March involved some excellent books. He’s a journalist for The Guardian and also writes for the newspaper’s Running Blog—so writing is close to his heart. The Brit has just completed...
Leading Women
Two powerful competitors held the front of the women’s division throughout this year’s Gobi March. Isis Breiter, a 31-year-old mother of four from Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, lead the race throughout. She took on the Sahara Race earlier this year and says...
The Return of Mika: Overcoming Injury and Illness
When Mika Kume crossed the finish line at the end of the Long March, it wasn’t a normal kind of victory. It marked the astonishing distance she has travelled this past year. Last year, Mika had an accident as she was riding...
First-Time Desert Racer: Ted Stromwall
One element that marked this Gobi March was the exact 50/50 split of veteran 4 Deserts racers with those taking on the series for the first time. One such first-timer was Frederic (Ted) Stromwall, a 48-year-old orthopedic surgeon from Sweden who has...
Through the Eyes of Volunteers
A hidden force behind every 4 Deserts race is the team of dedicated volunteers who come from all ends of the world to help out. As the bus winds its way back to the hotel at the end of the sixth stage,...
Grand Slam Life
For the 20 individuals taking on the 4 Deserts Grand Slam, they are now collectively halfway there. As the bus winds its way back to civilization today, we catch up with two Grand Slammers to find out how they are faring. For...
Zhou Zhijun Interview
This year’s Gobi March has had its fair share of challenging weather moments, but for Zhou Zhijun of China—who has taken part in the Gobi March five times—this course is the best ever. “These two years in Bole have been much easier...
Duck Tape in the Gobi
Linh Huynh may have the most original sponsor of all time. The Saigon-born, Canadian-raised competitor is competing here in the Gobi March with funding from a duck tape company. Duck tape is adapted from duct tape, the pressure-sensitive tape that was born...
Best of the Cyber Yurt
If you're on the other side of the planet as the drama of the Gobi March unfolds, we recommend following the race through the extraordinary window that the Cybertent (or, at this year’s Gobi March, also called the ‘Cyber Yurt’) offers. This...
Behind the Scenes: Minelik Shimellis
Minelik Shimellis is standing in the Gobi Desert and thinking about a higher power. “It’s overwhelming,” says the 28-year-old. “It’s stunning. It makes you believe in a higher power if you don’t already. I like the way people take pride in their...
One Step Away from the Club
One of the great things about hanging out with imminent 4 Deserts Club members is the stories they have to tell. These seasoned desert athletes—who have completed three of the four races in the 4 Deserts Race Series—have some amazing anecdotes. Take...
The Front-Runner: An Interview with Chema
It’s the end of the second stage of the Gobi March when we find current race leader, Jose Manuel Martinez Fernandez (known by his nickname ‘Chema’), reflecting on his new life. Last year was a landmark year for the Spaniard. “In 2013,...
Doing it for Others: Esquel-RacingThePlanet Scholarship Programme
When competitors take on the Gobi March 2014 this Sunday, they will be profoundly affecting the lives of young women from minority cultures in Xinjiang Region. In 2013 and 2014 these women are all students at the Gongliu County Senior High School...
The Lead-up to the Gobi March: Dreams, Nerves and TV Stardom
  The Gobi Desert is filling the imaginations of people around the globe this week as competitors representing more than 40 nations do their final moments of training, packing and re-packing of their bags before the Gobi March kicks off on June...
Gobi March 2014 Course Highlights
“It’s full of bizarre rock formations as far as the eye can see,” says Riitta Hanninen an Event Director at the 4 Deserts Race Series, as she describes of the visual feast she saw when she first descended into the Mysterious Rock...
The Favourite: Double Olympian, Chema Martinez
  After completing the Sahara Race (Jordan) 2014 in 2nd place Jose Manuel Martinez Fernandez — known more commonly by his Spanish nickname of Chema — is now set to join the next 4 Deserts Race, the Gobi March (China) in his...
4 Deserts Grand Slam
 More people climb Everest each year than have completed the 4 Deserts Grand Slam. Only 28 brave souls form this extraordinary band of runners. They follow in the footsteps of legendary Dean Karnanzes, the first to complete this year long, one thousand kilometre challenge...
Chinese Business Leaders in the Desert
There are a record number of Chinese competitors in the Gobi March this year—we catch up with Shanghai’s Xing Bo (middle in photo) to hear his story. A conversation with Xing Bo quickly reveals that running through a desert may not be the toughest...
Becoming Superman
Charities play a big part in all 4 Deserts races; but perhaps no one has made such an art form of fundraising as Sebastian Armenault. Check out his charity online (www.sa18.com.ar) and you’ll see him engaging in many of the world’s leading...
The Cable-French Trophy
The Gobi March Awards Ceremony was held in Bole last night, and perhaps the most moving moment was when the Cable-French Trophy was awarded. This award sits supremely close to the heart of the race. It is named after Mildred Cable and...
The Tembusu Globe Trekkers
There is a sense of relief and enjoyment that permeates Camp 6, with competitors now extremely close to finishing their epic adventure and literally sprawled in yurts and outside in the fresh air in relaxation mode. With just one final short stage...
Where Were You 10 Years Ago?
† Ten years ago the Gobi March was held for the first time near Dunhuang, China. There were just 42 competitors—but it was the first event in the 4 Deserts series, so an incredibly important event in RacingThePlanet history. To celebrate, we ask...
Whatís Your Gobi?
We ask competitors to explain what makes the Gobi March such an enduring event.   Pushpa Chandra’s story of how she came to the Gobi March is remarkable. Her heritage is seeped in this part of the world—her parents were originally from...
The Front Runners
We talk to the four race leaders of the Gobi March 2013. [Pictured below left to right: Stefano Gregoretti, Mahmut Yavuz, Shiri Leventhal and Joanna Eades)  With his beard and the words, “Never Give Up” tattooed on his arm, Stefano Gregoretti cuts a...
Penny for Your Thoughts
On a 4 Deserts event, competitors have a lot of time to think. We ask them to share their inner narratives and the tricks that help them overcome doubt. Jun Hyeok Oh (pictured above) is a 26-year old student who is majoring in...
The Emergence of Chinese Competitors
There are three times more Chinese competitors in this year’s Gobi March than in previous years. We find out why.  Yao Fei and Pan Wei live in the southern Chinese city of Zhuhai. They have traveled north this week to get a chance...
From Medic to Racer
The Gobi March 2013 is Rebecca Walker’s fifth RacingThePlanet event—and her first where she actually gets into the desert and runs. Having volunteered and worked as a medical doctor at the Gobi March before as well as races in Egypt, Chile and...
Interview: Medina Hellil [China Local Manager]
We sit down with the Gobi March’s charismatic local manager to discuss about her role over the last ten years with RacingThePlanet. Medina Hellil is something of a community hero in Xinjiang. She is the Local Manager of the Gobi March every year...
Steve Brydon: A Changed Man At The Finish Line
If you happened to be at the Sahara Race 2012 or followed the event from afar, you may remember Steve Brydon. This management consultant from Melbourne, Australia, culminated an awesome journey by taking part in that race—going from a sedentary soul who...
The Map Maker
This year’s 10th anniversary edition of the Gobi March has a spectacular setting in far Northwestern Xinjiang—and course director Pierre Beguin is the mind behind it all. He has worked on ten RacingThePlanet courses from the Sahara to Nepal and the Atacama. ...
RacingThePlanet announces joint seven-year scholarship program
RacingThePlanet announces joint seven-year scholarship program with the Esquel-Y.L. Yang Education Foundation for the education of young women of the Gobi Desert Since runners first set off across the Gobi Desert as part of the inaugural race in the 4 Deserts series...
Competitors Stories from 2003
When RacingThePlanet announced the first Gobi March in 2003 it was one-of-a-kind. Staged amongst towering sand dunes in a remote part of the Gobi Desert, competitors were promised stunning desert scenery with a twist: elevation, the highest point of the race being...
Gobi March: An extreme event ten years in the making
In its tenth edition this year, RacingThePlanet founder Mary Gadams reflects on the unique event. Mary Gadams has been dreaming of deserts for as long as she can remember. “Since the age of 10 the Gobi Desert was on my list of...
A Magical New Course to Celebrate 10 Years
After more than seven years of setting courses for RacingThePlanet, Pierre Beguin thought he had seen it all. But as he and event director Riitta Hanninen descended into Mysterious Rock Valley while plotting the 2013 Gobi March course, they knew they were...
A Beautiful Smile
In 2006, a small, three-year-old girl named A Yiguli arrived at Operation Smile's medical screening site in Kashgar, strapped in cloth that was tied to her mother’s back. She had a deep, wide facial cleft that prevented her from eating and drinking...
Running for Education
Dotted along the routes of the Gobi March are many schools which have benefitted from Esquel-Y.L. Yang Education Foundation, receiving books and scholarships for promising students and some of the rural schools being completed renovated. Having partnered with the Gobi March since...
Chinaís Team STC
Endurance running, marathons and ultramarathons may be relatively new in China, but their increasing popularity resulted in a record number of competitors from Greater China competing in the Gobi March 2012. Winning the team competition this year and finishing 32nd overall was...
Grand Slam Update
For the competitors who are aiming to complete the 4 Deserts Grand Slam this year, finishing the Gobi March 2012 was just the second of their four challenges. Although two of the original contenders withdrew from competition, 16 contenders are still eligible...
RunWell through the Gobi
Although she has run for nearly 30 years, completing 26 marathons along the way, RunWell ambassador Pamela Rickard recently added the 4 Deserts to her list of accomplishments – including an age category win – as she completed the Gobi March 2012....
Rookie Success
As American John Ross ran along the Stage 4 course of the Gobi March 2012, the 32-year old couldn’t help but think back to his current home base, in Sharituz, Tajikistan where he works with Mercy Corps, an international development organization. “I...
4 Deserts Club
Later this year, American George Chmiel aims to add his name to the prestigious list of 4 Deserts Club members. The 31-year old, who is raising money for the MAGIC Foundation in the Gobi March 2012, first joined RacingThePlanet for the Sahara...
Egyptís Gobi March Debut
Having entered three Sahara Race competitions in 2008, 2010 and 2011, Egyptian Amr Shatilla, 46, wanted a new challenge, this time outside of Egypt. His pick? Entering the Gobi March 2012, which, in the process, makes him the first Egyptian to enter...
Second Time Around
Before the husband and wife team of Nigel and Luba Vaughan signed up for their first 4 Desert's series race, the Sahara Race 2011, the pair had, admittedly, limited experience. Based in New Jersey, Nigel, who works for HSBC, had previously completed...
47,000 km and Counting
France’s Philippe Gatta has been running for more than half of his life. The 43-year old Frenchman, based in St. Laurent du Var (when he isn’t scaling the Seven Summits s or running around the world) started running 27 years ago and...
Running for Good
For many competitors, charity and the 4 Desert’s series go hand in hand and the Gobi March 2012 is no different. Nearly 30 competitors are supporting a variety of charities around the world, using the event to both raise funds and awareness...
Running for Hope
Taiwan’s David Szu is used to athletic challenges. Earlier this year, the 32-year old businessman who works at Porsche Taiwan, UMT as a director of sales and marketing, ran around the island of Taiwan to raise awareness for cervical cancer. Szu’s quest...
Desert Leader
For two straight stages, Spaniard Vicente Juan Garcia Beneito has led the Gobi March 2012. In Stage 1, his closest pursuer, Mo N. Foustok, a 30-year old Saudi Arabian competing in his first 4 Deserts event,  stayed close by, with the pair...
The Gobi Marchís Local Connection
From the first moment she heard about the Gobi March, Medina Hellil knew she wanted to take part. In 2003, when the first Gobi March was held in Dunhuang, China, Hellil heard about the event and asked immediately to be a part...
Return to Kashgar
Over nearly a decade, the vast and varied terrain of Xinjiang Province has given competitors a great diversity of experiences as they race along the complex, stunning and, for many, unexpected, route of the Gobi March. This year’s Gobi March returns to...
Running for Education
Dotted along the routes of the Gobi March are many schools which have benefitted from Esquel-Y.L. Yang Education Foundation, receiving books and scholarships for promising students and some of the rural schools being completed renovated.  Having partnered with the Gobi March since...
From Snow to Sand
You may have noticed that there is an impressive list of contenders for the 4 Deserts Grand Slam in 2012. A total of 13 souls are daring this enormous feat of completing all of the 4 Deserts in one calendar year, and...
Born To Run
Imagine taking on a 250-kilometer, self-supported 4 Deserts event with Type 1 diabetes. Now, imagine taking on the Grand Slam - four events in a calendar year. Welcome to the world of Roger Hanney, a 37-year-old Australian and Type 1 diabetic who...
Heading up to Heavenís Gate
The Gobi March (China) 2012 returns to Kashgar in the far west corner of Xinjiang Province, where it took place in 2008 and 2009. Much of the course follows the tracks of the ancient Silk Road. If you ask the competitors from...
From 4 Deserts Rookie to Expert
By Melanie Ho After Adam Crawford, 44, signed up for his first 4 Deserts event, he asked three friends who had previously competed in the Gobi March for their food and gear lists. The Hong Kong-based Australian scrutinized the lists, ultimately picking and...
Life in Peach Village
By Melanie Ho Although the 12-family Peach Village is used to welcoming the occasional tourist from the Xinjiang capital city of Urumqi, rarely does the village play host to 200 guests at once. For the second-straight year, the village opened its arms to...
Go South Korea
By Melanie Ho Although 39 countries are represented in the Gobi March 2011, the multi-stage race has taken on a distinct South Korean flavour. This year 16 South Korean competitors have entered the Gobi March 2011, with many of them competing in their...
Getting cancer off his back
By Melanie Ho When Jim Willett crosses the finishing line of the Gobi March 2011, the 37-year old Canadian will be carrying something special on his back. While some cross the desert with a flag or a sign for a loved one...
Mother and Son Team Up to Conquer the Gobi
By Melanie Ho To celebrate her 50th year, American Penny Minges decided to give herself the challenge of her first 4 Deserts event, the Gobi March 2011. Having heard about RacingThePlanet through a colleague of her husband, Tim, the CEO of Pepsico China...
Supporting Jodi Lee
By Melanie Ho When Jodi Lee, a family friend, died of bowel cancer a few years ago, Gobi March 2011 competitor Alistair Cavill, 40, promised her husband that he would do something in Lee’s name to honour her. For Australian Cavill, that something...
Running with Books
By Melanie Ho Dotted along the courses of Gobi Marches past and present are schools. With each Gobi March course spanning 250km across various parts of China’s far western Xinjiang province, this is not unexpected. However, over the years, RacingThePlanet has developed a...
Fahyís FiveFinger Challenge
By Melanie Ho For Briton Daniel Fahy, 30, Stage 1 of the Gobi March 2011 presented an additional challenge. Rather than solely focusing on navigating the rocky terrain and the steep downhills of the second and third stages, Fahy was also forced to...
Long-Distance Friendship
By Melanie Ho If the strength of a friendship can be measured in kilometres, then Kobi Janssen, 50, and Gabriele Schotter, 42, must have an unbreakable bond. The two first met in 1998 when Belgian Janssen and German Schotter both took part in...
Hext Boys Take on the Gobi
By Melanie Ho The Gobi March 2011 has yet to begin and the Hext Boys – the foursome of father Richard, 53, and his sons, James, 23, William, 21, and Jonathan, 19 – have already made a pact. The pact is not to...
Addicted to running well
Addicted to running well By Melanie Ho Often, when a challenge – such as racing the Gobi March 2011 – appears daunting, common advice says to break the challenge down. 250km becomes 25 smaller 10-km runs, a week is broken down into...
Jesse Yoo has completed Fourteen RacingThePlanet Events
Alexandra Graves It wasn’t twenty years ago that South Korea was considered a fly-over on the way to other parts of Asia.  Then came the 1988 Olympics, and Korea exploded onto the world’s stage, a dazzling economic miracle.  In much the same...
A Collective of Captains
A Collective of Captains By Clare Morin The 4 Desert series has attracted many military personnel over the years, but this year’s Gobi March will be seeing a new type of team take to the desert terrain. The five men who make up...
Overcoming All Obstacles
Overcoming All Obstacles By Clare Morin There is something heroic about Dianette Wells. The American competitor who is taking part in the Gobi March 2011 has undergone a momentous transformation in the past decade, from a mother suffering from anorexia and bulimia, to...
The Gobi March returns to The Oven in 2011
The Gobi March returns to The Oven in 2011 It’s a place that acquired legendary status in the 4 Deserts, spoken about by competitors in awestruck tones betraying the scale of the challenge it posed in 2005. The Turpan Basin set the...
Crossing Finish Lines
Crossing Finish Lines By Melanie Ho There was a time when Austria’s Christian Schiester weighed a 100 kg, drank and smoked 40 cigarettes a day. There was a time when he spent his days working at the post office only to spend his...
Team Esquel Partners for Seventh Year
Team Esquel Partners for Seventh Year By Melanie Ho Even under the afternoon sun, China’s Wang Song was not hot. Though he admitted difficulty in getting through the 99 km Stage 5, he maintained that the weather and scorching sun were not...
What kind of medics does the Gobi March attract?
What kind of medics does the Gobi March attract? By Melanie Ho Dr Grant Lipman talks to a competitor at a checkpoint. Gobi March 2010 medical director Grant Lipman entered his first trail running race in December, 2009, a 17 km distance...
Life at Peach Village
Life at Peach Village By Melanie Ho The competitors of the Gobi March 2010 were in for a different camping experience when, after Stage 3, they were accommodated in a home-stay at Peach Village, a traditional Uyghur village made up of 11 families....
Family Affair in the Gobi
Family Affair in the Gobi By Melanie Ho For Ellen Chu, her youngest son Gary, and her brother, David Wong, family adventures are usually just that – adventures. Ellen Chu, 58, is mother to four, grandmother to three and the mastermind behind...
Morning Rituals Boost Spirits
Morning Rituals Boost Spirits By Melanie Ho The morning that Gobi March 2010 was set to begin, Rohit Narang walked away from Camp 1 and set down his sleeping pad. Narang, 36, set about doing a series of sun salutations, literally facing the...
Pure Enjoyment in the Gobi Desert
Pure Enjoyment in the Gobi Desert By Melanie Ho Kumi Murakami at the finish line of Sahara Race 2009 As the oldest competitor in the field, Kumi Murakami, 61, has one piece of advice for the rest of the field. “I do...
Alaskan Racer Ventures into the Heat
Alaskan Racer Ventures into the Heat By Melanie Ho While most competitors can say that their home environments are different than what they are experiencing during the Gobi March 2010, it’s unusual for one’s home town to look like a polar opposite...
Life Change for the Gobi
Life Change for the Gobi By Melanie Ho It started as part of a three-pronged approach to try and reconcile with an ex-girlfriend, but in the eight months that have passed since Kristian Henry first signed up for the Gobi March 2010,...
What we are eating: Food in the Gobi
What we’re eating: Food in the Gobi By Melanie Ho A few hours before the Official Check-In and going to Camp 1, Jay Coffey sat in his hotel room and made up a trail mix from food he had bought across the...
Unique Community under Scientific Observation
Unique Community under Scientific Observation                   While most competitors are focused solely on finishing RacingThePlanet – Gobi March 2010, Emma Fergusson has another task on hand: remember everything she experiences and observes during each stage so she can frantically blog...
Volunteer Team Readies for Challenge Ahead
Volunteer Team Readies for Challenge Ahead   Not only are the 15 volunteers responsible for helping the 158 competitors at RacingThePlanet – Gobi March 2010, but it seems like their duties extend to keeping the drivers happy as well. As the group of...
One Year, Five Races: A Grand Slam and More
One Year, Five Races: A Grand Slam and More By Melanie Ho                 When Stan Lee tells friends, strangers or even patients at his dental clinic that he’s planning on competing in five 250-km races this...
Strength in Numbers .... read how the 16 competitors based in Chi...
Strength in Numbers By Dave Flanagan   Testing dehydrated expedition food in an Irish pub in China might seem like a strange way to spend time with friends, but for a sociable bunch of Gobi March 2010 competitors it’s the kind of night...
Cool Place for Hot Race ..... read about the Turpan Basin where ...
Cool place for a hot race By Dave Flanagan   It’s a place that’s acquired legendary status in the history of the 4 Deserts, spoken of by competitors in awestruck tones betraying the scale of the challenge it posed. Memories of the Turpan...
The Great Leap Forward
The Great Leap Forward Words: Alexandra Hamlyn   Going from marathon to ultramarathon seems like the next logical step forward in terms of endurance.   Although not everyone finds it that easy, some find the transition natural. So the question lies, why...
A secret weapon
Double Trouble   Words: Alexandra Hamlyn     Diana Hogan-Murphy, current leader in the women’s division has a secret weapon, and it is a 6-foot tall, burly South African by the name of David Pearse.   “We met when we were doing the...
The Gobi in words
The Gobi in words   Words: Alexandra Hamlyn     Although the word, “desert” evokes a multitude of images, it can come to mean the hottest, windiest, coldest and driest places in the world.  But to the Uyghurs, it is home.    In...
The Gobi Troopers
The Gobi Troopers   Words: Alexandra Hamlyn     There are seven competitors at the Gobi March 2009 who are serving in the British Army.  Some of them knew each other prior to competing at this event, whilst others didn’t.  But speaking to them...
The spirit of youth
Spirit of Youth   Words: Alexandra Hamlyn       “When I was young…” the proverbial adage that serves as a preamble to many of life’s greatest lessons of experience. Today’s youth, simply isn’t faced with the same problems that we were confronted...
Home advantage
Home Advantage  Words: Alexandra Hamlyn  Weichao Wei, after taking Stage 2: Mars in the Gobi Riding on the back of Weichao Wei’s win in Stage 2: Mars in the Gobi, China is poised to make a dramatic impression on Gobi March 2009. ...
Home away from home
Home away from home   Words: Alexandra Hamlyn Looking through the keyhole at the large  house competitors stayed at in Gobi March  2009     There is a saying in local Uyghur culture: “If you don’t have any visitors in your home for...
Treading water
Treading Water Words: Alexandra Hamlyn "Desert", a word stemming from the Latin word "desertum" for "thing abandoned," although true to a certain extent due to uninhabitable topography and climate, also means a concentration of populated pockets of civilisation saturated with rare cultures and...
From mud to riches
From mud to riches Words: Alexandra Hamlyn Ancient 1,500 year Old City is set to be demolished to make way for new developments in Kashgar. Originally an oasis town that came to prominent affluence as it was on the well-trodden mercantile route of...
Smells like team spirit
Smells like team spirit Words: Alexandra Hamlyn                                                Pine River Racing Team is set to take on the Gobi March and walk in the footsteps of pioneers.   There are a record number of participants representing the Chinese contingent at this year’s...
Swapping Handbags for Bumbags
Swapping Handbags for Bumbags Words: Alexandra Hamlyn   TV presenter Hannah Sandling dons sneakers instead of Jimmy Choos for the Gobi March (China) 2009   There tends to be a particular type of person that lends itself well to events such as...
Running with a Cause
Running with a Cause Words: Alexandra Hamlyn Blain Davis competes in Gobi March (China) 2009 to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis, a fatal disease his six-year old son Jack is afflicted with There can be no better motivation than competing in an event...
Three equal seven and now add four
Three equal seven and now add four By Dave Flanagan So, you’ve climbed Mount Everest and maybe ticked off the planet’s other six highest continental peaks too. What could you possibly do by way of a fresh challenge? Clearly, it’s got to be...
A First Time For Everything
 A First Time For Everything By Dave Flanagan   A campsite at the Gobi March in China.     Your first kiss. Your first day at school. There’s a first time for everything and desert endurance races are no exception. As milestones along...
Stairway to Heaven
Stairway to Heaven By Alexandra Hamlyn Imagine the wonder, and even aggravation, competitors of the Gobi March (China) 2008 may have felt when informed that on Stage 4 of their 250km race that their weary legs would have to nimbly climb up rickety...
Seizing the Day, Toshio Ohmori, a 67-year-old competitor from Jap...
Seizing the Day, Toshio Ohmori, a 67-year-old competitor from Japan   Toshio Ohmori on Stage 3 of the Gobi March (China) 2008 “One day, I decided that I wanted to run at least one marathon in my lifetime.” These are the words of...
Mapping Change
Mapping Change Pierre Beguin (left) at the finish line of the Gobi March (China) 2006 Joining one of the 4 Deserts events is signing up for a journey – one that tests your physical endurance and mindset. Robyn Metcalfe, previous 4 Deserts competitor...
Showering Compliments in the Gobi
Showering Compliments in the Gobi   Tonight there was a distinctive air of envy floating through the camp as three unsuspecting recipients of luxury hot showers' names were called out. Mary Gadams began the announcement describing the much anticipated bathing experience as, "a...
A View From the Top
A View From the Top South African Ryan N. Sandes as he is presented with the yellow jersey. Being able to run 250km over 6 days is a true show of physical prowess.  But what do these front runners have in common? They...
Up Close and Personal in the Gobi
Up Close and Personal in the Gobi A view of Camp Heaven's Gate. Living with someone can be difficult. Living with 10 people, in theory, should be even harder. Interestingly enough, when it comes to the participants of the 4 Deserts, most competitors,...
Pained Prendivilles Namecall
Pained Prendivilles Namecall "Bada" Patrick R. Prendiville and close friend Mark R. Dawson. In the campsite there there seems to be a continuous distinctive sound of Australian men cajoling with one another - goading and teasing comments are punctuated and interrupted by words such as, "Crabs", "...
High Expectations
High Expectations Kids loved the frisbees White discs gleamed through the air at the opening ceremony of the Gobi March (China) 2008, hurtling in unpredictable directions and bringing smiles all around.  Wholly created by RacingThePlanet, frisbees were made prior to the race with...
Cultural Awakening at the Dawn of the Gobi March (China) 2008
Cultural Awakening at the Dawn of the Gobi March (China) 2008 Local gave quite a show A serpentine formation of fifteen 4WD cars and eight buses formed an impressive convoy of vehicles transporting the luggage, equipment, organisers, volunteers and of course 166 competitors from...
Hong Kong Trailwalkers Give Others a Run For Their Money
Hong Kong Trailwalkers Give Others a Run For Their Money Wong Ka Wai of Hong Kong “Even though Hong Kong is very hot, I am scared of the dryness in this climate, and also the continuous length of this event,” Hong Kong runner...
The Gobi March Olympics
The Gobi March Olympics Young Chinese children prepare for the torch  relay in Kashgar, China   As the hazy noon-day heat glowered over the volunteers while they were briefed on their initial training, a sound bellowed up from below the hotel in which...
Medina, a modern Uyghur from Urumqi, China
Medina, a modern Uyghur from Urumqi, China Staging the Gobi March is a huge team effort. Nevertheless there are individuals who are key to the all important roles, and this describes Medina, a Uyghur from Urumqi, China who is also fluent in English,...
Never giving up, Doreen Hoffman returns to tackle the Gobi March ...
Never giving up, Doreen Hoffman returns to tackle the Gobi March by Jane Fraser Photo from Sahara Race (Egypt) 2006 I met Doreen Hoffman, a native of Michigan in the United States, at the Sahara Race (Egypt) 2006 when she was a first time competitor...
Unlimited Potential in the Gobi March
Unlimited Potential in the Gobi March Team Microsoft Unlimited Potential Microsoft is well known for Windows and initiatives that improve the lives of people across the globe, as well as for its humanitarian and philanthropic efforts. But what is perhaps less well known...
11 competitors "Ger-ing up for the Gobi"
11 competitors "Ger-ing up for the Gobi" Melissa Wood (above, second from left), the Chairman of The Christina Noble Children's Foundation in Hong Kong Competitors who support charities are not an unusual component of the RacingThePlanet events. However, the Gobi March 2008 with...
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