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  • With one last day on dry land before setting sail for Antarctica competitors are madly blogging about their eventful travels, first impressions of Ushuaia and their expectations of what lies ahead.
    Last Updated: Oct 31, 2014
  • If the jealously doesn't sting too badly, follow these very lucky competitors in the race/adventure of a lifetime! The event starts in only 5 days. Good luck all!!!
    Last Updated: Oct 27, 2014
  • Very, very soon, The Last Desert 2014 competitors will experience the wonder of Antarctica. Months of fantasy finally become reality...
    Last Updated: Oct 20, 2014
  • Double Olympian Chema Martinez of Spain takes overall victory at Atacama Crossing 2014. An amazing effort by Hong Kong based Emily Woodland lead her to victory in the women's category and an overall finish of 5th place!
    Last Updated: Oct 13, 2014
  • The race is now live! Follow all the action from Atacama Crossing 2014!!!
    Last Updated: Oct 06, 2014
  • David Attenborough: ...there is nothing but ice...there is a year-round population of no more than 800 people. This is the loneliest and coldest place on Earth, the place that is most hostile to life. And yet, in one or two places, it is astonishingly rich.
    Last Updated: Sep 29, 2014
  • With just 40 days to go before The Last Desert 2014, we urge competitors to read this feature which offers a little advice about racing in the cold. Not everyone will have such amazing cold weather racing experience as the mighty Belinda Holdsworth!
    Last Updated: Sep 22, 2014
  • We're spoilt for choice when it comes to amazing photos from The Last Desert. It is with absolute excited anticipation that we look forward to this years offerings from the incredible Zandy Mangold who'll be shooting this polar odyssey for the second time.
    Last Updated: Sep 15, 2014
  • Possible stage locations for The Last Desert 2014 include Aitcho Island, Cuverville Island, Deception Island, Dorian Bay, King George Island and more...
    Last Updated: Sep 08, 2014
If there were a medal for the best-dressed competitor of The Last Desert 2012, it would surely go to Japan¡¦s Koichi Takeishi.
We're always intrigued to find out the professions of 4 Deserts racers. They come from all spectrums of the world, from bankers to...
It was a line that was uttered again and again during The Last Desert: "Photographs cannot capture this place." So for the benefit...
Couples have always come to the 4 Deserts series, and they are an enigma to behold-to be able to stay together despite the...
Leading them all was Kelvin Murray. The Scottish dive master, naturalist and consultant for filmmakers, was the expedition leader of the race and...
When Ali Kedami's daughter Saria was born, she had problems with her legs. It was only when she was two years old that...
As anyone who has worn frozen socks will attest, racing in Antarctica carries a whole set of new challenges...
Sitting in the lounge of the expedition ship, we find a pair of competitors from South America...
Beyond the big goals of the Grand Slammers, there are also those who are here after many years of quiet, consistent effort...
As the penguins slide and the humans push their way over the snow, several competitors are aiming for remarkable personal goals.
Stage 2
Shayne Stoik
Final Thoughts
Shayne Stoik
Final few words
Sandy Suckling
Final Stage
Kate Hogan
A few final words
Simon Southgate
  • A Pre-Race update for The Last Desert (Antarctica) 2014 will be posted in November 2014.
  • A Stage 1 update for The Last Desert (Antarctica) 2014 will be posted in November 2014.
  • A Stage 2 update for The Last Desert (Antarctica) 2014 will be posted in November 2014.
  • A Stage 3 update for The Last Desert (Antarctica) 2014 will be posted in November 2014.
  • A Stage 4 update for The Last Desert (Antarctica) 2014 will be posted in November 2014.
  • A Stage 5 update for The Last Desert (Antarctica) 2014 will be posted in November 2014.
  • A Stage 6 update for The Last Desert (Antarctica) 2014 will be posted in November 2014.
  • A Post-Race update for The Last Desert (Antarctica) 2014 will be posted in November 2014.
   July 16, 2014
Five things I learned running my first multi-stage ultramarathon - the 155-mile, seven day Gobi March.

   July 15, 2014
My race started on the fourth day. We’d already run 70 miles over three stages - through the stifling heat of the Gobi Desert; scrambling down and up ...

   April 19, 2013
Sharing the experience of the winning company - RacingThePlanet Ltd use Internet to expand overseas business.

   April 23, 2013
More and more women from the financial sector participate in ultra-marathons.

   April 22, 2013
Natalia Watkins, a 40-year-old Hong Kong-based executive for HSBC Holdings Plc (HSBA), knows about endurance.

   April 22, 2013
Natalia Watkins, a 40-year-old Hong Kong-based executive for HSBC Holdings Plc (HSBA), knows about endurance.

   December 5, 2012
Australia's Born To Run team has completed the Four Deserts Grand Slam, crossing the Sahara, Atacama, Gobi and Antarctic deserts together.

   November 28, 2012
While obesity rates soar in the developed world and we live an ever more sedentary lifestyle, the flip side to this health time bomb is the paradox th...

   December 12, 2012
The legendary ultramarathoner tells us why he blames his little habit on tequila, and that he’d be all in for a marathon in outer space—but also that ...

   December 1, 2012
Millions of people dream of traveling more when they retire, but it’s a safe bet that few would approach their leisure years like Len Stanmore.

Sun Mercury


Antarctica is the great last desert - a polar region with little precipitation, no lakes and no rivers. It is, in fact, the driest continent on Earth where visitors can witness vast landscapes of snow, ice, mountains, volcanoes and ocean.



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