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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1: What is The Last Desert?
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The Last Desert is a multi-stage 250-kilometer footrace on the Antarctic Peninsula.
2: Is The Last Desert an ultramarathon, adventure race, expedition race or some
kind of extreme race?
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The Last Desert is part of the 4 Deserts Race Series, a unique worldwide endurance series. There is no other event series like it in the world.
3: Why was this location chosen for The Last Desert?
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Deserts are separated into four categories: subtropical, cool coastal, cold winter and polar. The 4 Deserts is located in the largest desert of each category which also represents the driest, hottest, coldest and windiest places on Earth. The course has also been set up to pass through some of the most beautiful, pristine land on Earth.
4:Do I have to sign up for the whole series or can I complete just one event?
Which event do I have to complete first?
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You may complete the Atacama Crossing (Chile), Gobi March (China) and Sahara Race (Egypt) at any time. There is no specific order in which you must do the events, and you do not have to complete all three. However, if you are interested in competing in The Last Desert (Antarctica), then you must have successfully completed at least two of the other 4 Deserts in order to qualify.
5: What is the format of The Last Desert?
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The Last Desert is a multi-stage, 250-kilometer footrace held in three to five locations on and around the Antarctic Peninsula. Each individual must carry a minimal amount of mandatory equipment. Assistance, including water (plenty), shelter and medical assistance, is provided throughout the race.
6: Where do competitors sleep each night?
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The Last Desert (Antarctica) competitors sleep on the expedition ship each night.
7: Who typically competes in The Last Desert?
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The typical competitor is a working professional, a high achiever – someone who believes in maximizing every opportunity in life. Our competitors generally work full time, some have families, many do a lot of community service and all lead a healthy lifestyle. Our competitors consist of medical doctors, professors, investment bankers, small business owners, actor, actresses, entrepreneurs, journalists, top athletes and coaches, military professionals, managers and stay-at-home moms and dads. We have many father/son, father/daughter, mother/son and brother/sister competitors.
8: I don’t think I can run 250 kilometers, can I still make the cutoff times?
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The event is set up to allow for generous cutoff times. The leaders run the whole course, and many walk the whole course.
9: How much training will be required?
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Our competitors are busy professionals – we don’t expect them to train all the time. Many complete the event with minimal training, some want to win and thus train a lot. Each competitor has his or her own goal. We simply want everyone to finish.
10: Why do you limit the number of competitors in each event to a relatively small number?
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The Last Desert is a unique, special experience. Deserts are stunningly beautiful because they are (1) remote and pristine and (2) sparsely populated. Solitude leads to a very spiritual experience.
11: What else is special about The Last Desert?
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The Last Desert competitors must qualify for the race by successfully completing two of the other races in the 4 Deserts Race Series.
12: What is the best part of the event?
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Many say it’s the competitors themselves – that they leave the event with a new set of friends from all over the world. Many call on these new friends in business later or just to have dinner when passing through someone’s hometown. Some have even met their future spouse!
13: Can I run for a charity?
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Absolutely – we encourage it. Many of our competitors have raised significant amounts of money for charities all over the world.
14: Can I compete in The Last Desert without completing the other '3 Deserts '?
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No. The Last Desert is only open to those who have completed at least two of the races in 4 Deserts Race Series, including the Gobi March (China), Atacama Crossing (Chile) and/or Sahara Race (Egypt).
15: Any last words to describe the 4 Deserts?
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Life enhancing for all, life changing for many.
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