Daniel Rowland, Rebecca Pattinson and Team KIZUNA win the Atacama Crossing 2013

PRESS RELEASE

Daniel Rowland, Rebecca Pattinson and Team KIZUNA win the Atacama Crossing 2013

[10 March 2013, San Pedro de Atacama, Chile]

The Atacama Crossing 2013 concluded with 132 competitors crossing the finish line, including a cancer survivor, two blind men and two women living with diabetes.

Daniel Rowland of Zimbabwe vied with Australia’s Vlad Ixel to snag first place. The two men sprinted to the finish line within seconds of each other in multiple stages. In the end, Daniel edged out Vlad with a total time of 25 hours, 38 minutes and 4 seconds.

“It’s been amazing,” said Daniel. “Tough but beautiful. I came to improve on my time from last year, so to beat my time from last year and to win was great.”

Vlad finished in 26:16:41. Following him were Craig Willment of South Africa, Andrea Girardi of Italy, Kyle McCoy of the United States, Adam Woolliscroft of Wales, Rick Braff of the United States, Hye Chang Rhim of South Korea, Nelson Sepulveda of Chile on his home turf and Richard Bray of the United Kingdom.

Rebecca Pattinson of the United Kingdom won first place among the women with a total time of 34:50:43.

“The whole environment just lifts you up,” said Rebecca, who is the women’s champion. “I have never felt emotions like that and I don’t think I ever will again. Everyone keeps asking me what next. Well, I think, quit while you are ahead!”

Luisa Balsamo of Italy followed in second place with 35:24:14. Rounding out the top ten among the women were Annabel Hepworth of Australia, Beatriz Camiade of Mexico, Sabina Bacinelli of Italy, Amanda de Kock of South Africa, Yvonne Abson of Scotland, Vikki Bester of Australia, Andrea Lopez of Chile on her home turf and Lisa Cox of the United States.

Yosuke Kurosawa, Shinya Sasaki and Hirofumi Ono of Japan won the team championship as Team KIZUNA.

“We came here to win,” they said. “We always help each other. Sometimes we fight, but we think of each other and accept each other. This is why we came.”

In addition to these champions, the Atacama Crossing 2013 hosted many other notable competitors. Jisung (Jesse) Yoo of South Korea has now completed 19 RacingThePlanet / 4 Deserts events, more than anyone in the world. Iranian competitor Ashkan Mokhtari is coming back to the Atacama for the fifth time in as many years. He has completed 12 RacingThePlanet / 4 Deserts events overall.

Keijiro Hamada of Japan and Vladmi do Santos of Brazil are both blind but made it across 250 kilometres of mud, salt flats and sand dunes with the help of guides.

“My heart is strong,” said Vladmi. He described seeing the race not with his eyes, but with his heart. “I am very happy. I have made friends with all the competitors. The people see me as a normal person, not blind.”

Jim Willett of Canada battled colon cancer in 2010 and has now completed two 4 Deserts events.

“The highs, the lows, the connection I have with RacingThePlanet [after] all I have been through, words cannot explain,” Jim said.

The next 4 Deserts event is the Gobi March 2013, beginning 2 June and ending 8 June.

—Ends—

About the Atacama Crossing 2013 (3 – 9 March) - www.4deserts.com/atacamacrossing

The Atacama Crossing is one of the four races that comprise the world renowned 4 Deserts series of 250-kilometer rough-country footraces. The race takes place in the archeological jewel of Chile – the Atacama Desert. This desiccated environment is the perfect preserver of ancient relics, with geoglyphic paintings that adorn the hillsides alongside ruins of Indian fortresses and sacred Inca sites.

About the 4 Deserts - www.4deserts.com

The 4 Deserts is the world’s leading endurance footrace series, a unique collection of world-class races that take place over 7 days and 250 kilometers in the largest and most forbidding deserts on the planet.

Competitors must go beyond the limits of their physical and mental endurance. Racing self-supported in the most inhospitable climates and formidable landscapes, they must carry all their own equipment and food, and are only provided with drinking water and a place in a tent each night to rest.

The series, named again by TIME magazine as one of the world’s Top 10 endurance competitions, comprises the Atacama Crossing in Chile, the Gobi March in China, the Sahara Race in Egypt and The Last Desert in Antarctica.

For media and press enquiries including access to photos please email info@racingtheplanet.

Photo & Video Galleries

Atacama Crossing

Gobi March

Sahara Race

The Last Desert
FEATURED EQUIPMENT
#
OTHER RACES
#
#
Our Partners
070-086 070-089 070-121 070-122 070-123 070-158 070-162 070-169 070-177 070-178 070-181 070-210 070-214 070-215 070-216 070-217 070-218 070-219 070-220 070-221 070-222 070-223 070-224 070-225 070-226 070-227 070-228 070-229 070-232 070-234 070-235 070-236 070-237 070-238 070-241 070-243 070-244 070-246 070-247 070-262 1Z1-876 1Z1-877 1Z1-878 1Z1-879 1Z1-880 1Z1-881 1Z1-884 1Z1-889 1Z1-895 1Z1-897 MB2-184 MB2-185 MB2-186 MB2-228 MB2-421 MB2-422 MB2-423 MB2-498 MB2-631 MB2-632 MB2-633 MB2-634 MB2-700 MB2-701 MB2-702 MB2-703 MB2-866 MB2-867 MB2-867J MB2-868 MB2-876 MB2-876 MB3-207 MB3-208 MB3-209 MB3-210 MB3-214 MB3-215 MB3-216 MB3-230 MB3-234 MB3-408 MB3-409 MB3-412 MB3-413 MB3-430 MB4-217 MB4-218 MB4-219 MB4-348 MB4-349 MB4-534 MB4-535 MB4-536 MB4-640 MB4-641 MB4-643 MB5-845 MB5-854 MB5-855 MB5-856 MB5-857 MB5-858 MB6-202 MB6-203 MB6-204 MB6-205 MB6-206 MB6-282 MB6-283 MB6-284 MB6-285 MB6-288 MB6-291 MB6-295 MB6-502 MB6-503 MB6-504 Office-2013-Professional-Key Office-2010-Professional-Key windows 7 key windows 7 key windows 8 key windows 7 key windows 7 key windows 7 key windows 7 key windows 8 key windows 8 key windows 8 key windows 8 key windows 8 key windows 8.1 key windows 7 key windows 7 key windows 7 key windows 7 key windows 7 key replica watches replica watches replica watches replica watches