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Quick Facts
  • The Last Desert (Antarctica) is part of the 4 Deserts, which was named by TIME magazine as one of the Top 10 Endurance Competitions in the world.
  • The Last Desert 2016 is the seventh edition of the event and takes place in November 2016.
  • The Last Desert remains the only multi-day stage race on the Antarctic continent.
  • All competitors for The Last Desert must qualify for the event by having successfully completed at least two of the other 4 Deserts - the Gobi March (China), the Atacama Crossing (Chile) and /or the Sahara Race (Egypt).
  • The starting point for The Last Desert (Antarctica) is Ushuaia, a town at the very southern tip of Argentina.
  • Competitors will board an expedition ship to sail across the Drake Passage – the expedition ship will be their base for the duration of the event.
  • Competitors may have the opportunity to bathe in thermal waters on Deception Island and camp on the shore of Antarctica.
  • South Shetland Islands, Wiencke Island, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Neko Harbour, Aitcho Island, Cuverville Island and Dorian Bay are just some of the locations where stages of The Last Desert could take place.
  • The terrain is largely snow that varies in depth from just a few centimeters to a meter deep.
  • Temperatures on the course could reach as low as -20°C / -4°F.
  • Approximately eighty individuals are expected to compete in The Last Desert 2016 – view the competitor list for full details.
  • More than half of those competing in The Last Desert will join the 4 Deserts Club when they cross the final finish line.
  • Approximately 25% of the competitor field is female and 75% percent is male.
  • In 2014, nineteen competitors completed the 4 Deserts Grand Slam (a competition to complete all 4 Deserts in one calendar year), concluding at The Last Desert 2014. In total, only 48 individuals have achieved a 4 Deserts Grand Slam title.
  • In 2014, Paul Borlinha of Canada became the third person in history, after James Gaston of the United States and Stan Lee of Canada, to complete the Grand Slam Plus. This is doing all 4 Deserts races as well as the Roving Race in one calendar year.
  • NBC Sports produced a film of The Last Desert (Antarctica) 2007, MBC filmed The Last Desert (Antarctica) 2008 and TransWorld Sport filmed The Last Desert (Antarctica) 2010.
  • Many competitors are raising money for charities through The Last Desert (Antarctica).
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