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Quick Facts
  • The Gobi March (China) is part of the 4 Deserts Series which was named by TIME magazine as one of the Top 10 Endurance Competitions in the world.
  • The Gobi March (China) 2014 starts on Sunday, 1 June and is the eleventh edition of the event.
  • The host city for the Gobi March is Bole, which is located in the Bortala Mongol Autonomous Prefecture of the Xinjiang Province. Bortala shares an international border with Kazakhstan and is known for the colorful culture of its Mongol, Kazakh and Uyghur minorities.
  • The Altai Mountains will be the backdrop for the course, which takes competitors through alpine scenery with green grasslands, pristine mountain lakes, river valleys and villages of ethnic minorities.
  • The terrain is a mixture of rocky river-beds, dusty tracks, narrow ridge paths, green pastures and some river crossings.
  • Temperatures during the Gobi March can vary greatly with a range between 15-30C / 59-86F during the day and as low as 0C / 32F at night.
  • Up to 130 competitors representing approximately 40 countries are expected to compete in the Gobi March 2014.
  • Up to 30% of Gobi March 2014 competitors are expected to have completed a previous 4 Deserts or Roving Races.
  • The fastest finish time on any Gobi March course is held by Vicente Garcia Beneito of Spain with an overall time of 23 hours and 12 minutes in 2012.
  • The fastest women's finish on any Gobi March course is held by Anne-Marie Flammersfeld of Germany with an overall time of 27 hours and 53 minutes in 2012.
  • 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 24 hours and the slowest around 70 hours.
  • The Gobi March is a self-supported race; competitors must carry all mandatory items for seven days on their backs. The average backpack weighs 9 kilograms / 20 pounds.
  • Many competitors raise money and awareness for charities around the globe through their participation in the Gobi March.
  • RacingThePlanet and the Esquel-Y.L. Yang Education Foundation partnered to create the RacingThePlanet-Esquel Scholarship Program, a seven-year program (2013-2019) to support education for girls in the Gobi Desert.
  • Competitors use laptops in a specially designated Cybertent to write blogs and exchange emails during the race.
  • During the Gobi March, competitors, volunteers and staff are expected to consume up to 20,000 liters of water in total.
  • Competitors are required to pass through up to 30 checkpoints throughout the seven-day event before crossing the finish line.
  • The oldest competitor in the Gobi March is 66 year old Tadashi Murakami from Japan
  • The youngest competitor is Wu Sizhe from China. He is 21 years old.
  • Some interesting competitors the double Olympian from Spain, Chema Martinez who placed 2nd overall in the Sahara Race 2014
  • There are more than 20 competitors entering their second race in the 4 Deserts Grand Slam.
  • Just one team will enter the team division of the Gobi March 2014 - they are Corre 1km+ from Spain who are aiming to do the 4 Deserts Grand Slam
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