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Pre-Race: Breaking News 7

Sun, 1 October 2017 at 13:18

The competitor check-in of the Atacama Crossing 2017 has concluded. The 8-time Atacama Crossing finisher Ash "Ashacama" Mokhtari was first in line as competitors went through the gear check, followed by many the qualifying 4 Deserts Club members and then the rest of the competitors.

The lightest 6.5kg backpack belongs to China's Cao, Yunjie. The heaviest one, 14.5 kg will be carried by Erik Kovessy of Canada.  

Competitors have had lunch and are now chatting away and feeling a bit more relaxed now that the gear check is over. Doris Matlok is one of them, enjoying her time by the pool side of the hotel. Sandy Mouret is another returning competitor who is looking forward to being surrounded by the Atacama Desert.  

The buses to Camp 1, Rio Grande, will depart in half an hour at 3pm. The 2-hour journey will take them to the stunning location of the Rainbow Valley, famous for the colourful cliffs that surround the Camp. 


Pre-Race: Breaking News 6

Sat, 30 September 2017 at 12:15

The competitor briefing took place at 09:00 this morning (3 hours ago) around the pool of the race hotel with all competitors in attendance. 

Race check-in is underway where forms are signed, all equipment is checked and race bibs, timing chips, race passports, course notes, etc. are given out.  More than half the competitors have already completed the check-in.

Sebastian Li from Germany is super excited as he joins his third 4 Deserts Race.  Heather Jablonowski from Canada said "I am so excited I am going to burst".  Terry Kamino from the United States is nervous but looking forward to getting into the desert after all this preparation - he met the 4 Deserts in Antarctica during The Last Desert and is now ready to join a race himself.

More news later on who has the lighttest and heaviest packs and comments on pre-race feelings.

Volcano Licancubur is looking over all the proceedings.  It will be the marker has competitors go towards and then around the volcano from throughout the race.

In a few more hours all participants will be taken to Camp 1, Rainbox Valley, deep in the Atacama Desert where they will spend their first night in the desert with their tent mates before the race starts tomorrow at 08:00.

More photos will be uploaded throughout today.

Many more BLOGS POSTS have been added as competitors write their last installments before leaving for the desert.  Including Ben Fox, Harriet Halfhead and Jeremy Goddard all from the United Kingdom.  Jeremy has enjoyed meeting everyone so far and enjoyed the atmosphere this morning. https://www.4deserts.com/atacamacrossing/blogs

Pre-Race: Breaking News 5

Sat, 30 September 2017 at 01:30

It is now late on Friday night (well 01:30 on Saturday morning) and all is quiet in San Pedro as competitors make the most of thier last night in a comfortable bed. 

Amost all competitors have now arrived in the host town / desert oasis (some without a few pieces of luggage) and San Pedro has been alive with 4 Deserts activities.  Today was the last chance for competitors to stock up on calories, hydrate, shake out their running legs, rest, explore, pack (and re-pack) and decide on the final items that will go with them into the desert. In the evening they had the opportunity to get-together with other competitors and listen to top tips from Ash Mokhtari from his eight times of completing the Atacama Crossing. 

Volunteer training also took place today and what a stellar group of volunteers and medical staff we have.

Tomorrow, Saturday, is a day of administration and logistics.  The official pre-race briefing starts at 09:00 at the Race Hotel.  Race Check-In will then take place before all participants are transported to Camp 1 - Rainbow Valley in the middle of the Atacama Desert.

Keep an eye on the Atacama Crossing website.  Recent updates include:

MORE PRE-RACE PHOTOS: https://www.4deserts.com/atacamacrossing/photos

NEW BLOGS from Ben Davies (UK / Singapore), Robert Allen (UK / Hong Kong), Ken Wee (Singapore / Hong Kong), Erik Kovessy (Canada) and Michael Vad (Denmark). https://www.4deserts.com/atacamacrossing/blogs

Pre-Race: Breaking News 4

Thu, 28 September 2017 at 23:55

San Pedro de Atacama is alive with Atacama Crossing competitors and staff as many more race participants arrived today (Thurs, 28 Sept) in the small desert oasis.

It has been a pleasant 28-30C / 82-86F with brilliant blue skies and a nice breeze.  Temperatures are expected to remain similar next week (although hotter in the middle of the desert) but a strong wind is forecasted.

Competitors have been out and about enjoying the cafes, restaurants and peaceful wild-west atmostphere of San Pedro.  There has been plenty of double checking of equipment and re-packing of race bags as well as some running in the desert surounding San Pedro and even trips up to the Geysers, a short drive away, where they can experience being at 4,000meters /13,000 feet.

Yesterday we saw Shevaun Sedlock and Sandy Mouret from Canada - friends from a previous race meeting up in another desert.  Most of the competitors from Japan have arrived and were out running in the desert.  Kimberley and Matthew Tompson from Australia took the chance to see the stars through a telescope - they will see incredible starry skies each night on the Camps. Robert

New arrivals today include Jeremy Goddard from the United Kingdom spotted at the "welcome to San Pedro" sign.  David and Leah Mink from the United States went out to see the salt flats (to find out what they have in store on Stage 4 the Infamous Salt Flats). Michael Vad from Denmark who met up with Tom Sperry from the USA and Bob Allen who came from Hong Kong.  Vldami dos Santos, the blind competitor from Brazil made it safely to San Pedro sporting a new 4 Deserts tatoo(!).

Yves Lortie, Serge Gosselin and Ricky Fontaine from the team "No Country for 3 Old Men" from Canada with their friends from Quebec Kathleen Cote and Denis Cadoret are all in San Pedro.  Team GM Austria team members Josef Goltshman, Ambros Muehlebachler and the youngest competitor the race, Lukas Messner, who joins these more experienced runners are safely at the race hotel.

Tomorrow is the last day to rest and relax before race administration starts and all participants drive out into the Atacama Desert.  We will see more arrivals and  competitors will have the chance to "Ask Ash", eight-time Atacama Crossing veteran, all their questions in a relaxed meeting. 

As Thurs, 28 Sept comes to an end I direct you to the website to see new postings, in particular:

Pre-Race Photos: https://www.4deserts.com/atacamacrossing/photos

New Pre-Race Blog Posts: https://www.4deserts.com/atacamacrossing/blogs

One's to Watch at the Atacama Crossing Article: https://www.4deserts.com/atacamacrossing/features

Pre-Race: Breaking News 3

Wed, 27 September 2017 at 06:30

Welcome to the first breaking news for the Atacama Crossing 2017!  It is 06:30 in the morning on Wednesday, 27 September in San Pedro de Atacama, the desert oasis in northern Chile which is home to the Atacama Crossing.  In 4 days time the 2017 edition of the race will get underway - in 3 days all participants will go through race check-in and leave for Camp 1 in the desert. 

The management team has been in San Pedro for some time and are now being joined by competitors and volunteers who are arriving from all around the world.  Two of the favourites to win the race, Kathia Rached from Lebanon and Zandy Mangold from the USA have both arrived and have been acclimatising.  Heather Gordon from Ireland has also been spotted and she has noticed " it's very difficult to run in altitude especially in 27C heat".

From now you can follow the race through the website: https://www.4deserts.com/atacamacrossing/live

In particular in the days leading up to the race you can see photos and read blogs as competitors make their final preparations. You can also start to send messages to competitors that they will receive at Camp 1.  You can do this by posting comments on their blogs or going to the results page and clicking "send an email" next the name of the person you want to message.

Below are some Pre-Race Blogs that we recommend:

Liane Israel from South Africa - WHY?!!!!: http://bit.ly/2ysNVsX

Shevaun Sedlock from Canada - Pre-Race Thoughts: http://bit.ly/2ys6gGn

Stephane Boss from France - Stres to the Max: http://bit.ly/2yGcqDK

Pre-Race: Breaking News 2

Mon, 11 September 2017 at 04:00

The countdown is on.  The Atacama Crossing 2017 will start in less than three weeks!  Sign up for breaking news to receive updates to your email during each stage of the race starting on Friday, 20 September when competitors will be arriving in the host town of San Pedro de Atacama.

Pre-Race: Breaking News 1

Fri, 29 September 2017 at 10:10

The next edition of the Atacama Crossing starts on Sunday, 1 October 2017. Sign up for the Breaking News to receive live updates several times a day during the race. 

The Pre-Race Breaking News will start the week starting 29, September 2017

Stage 1: Breaking News 5

Sun, 1 October 2017 at 19:30

Stage 1 has concluded.  Zandy Mangold from the United States won the Stage (see photo of Zandy sprinting up the old Inca Road below).  All competitors completed the stage in very strong wind.

It was a calm, and warmer than usual, start to the Stage.  Competitors ran across colourful plains - seeing much more greenery than is usual at this time of year due to the rains they had early in September.  They then went through a narrow canyon (having to crawl through a low rock arch at one point) - see Sandy Mouret from Canada below.  They then went across wide open plains before heading up an old Inca caravan route and then 4km down into Camp.  It was early after that the wind picked up and stayed all day. 

The wind is due to subside at sunset, but Camp has been re-located to a temporary shelter to allow an undisturbed night's rest. Competitors will spend tonight inside a hall of the local community.

PHOTOS FROM STAGE 1 are on the website: https://www.4deserts.com/atacamacrossing/photos

RESULTS will be uploaded soon

Stage 1: Breaking News 4

Mon, 2 October 2017 at 15:15

After seven hours, more than 40 people have completed Stage 1 of the Atacama Crossing and are resting at Camp 2.  We will have the Stage 1 results to you soon. 

Everyone has passed through Checkpoint 2 and there are just 23 people left to reach checkpoint 3. The last competitor is about 6km / 4 miles before checkpoint 3 walking with the sweepers - it is Yiu Hirabayashi from Japan.

The afternoon winds are strong as expected - they have not affected the visibility but are making for some tough conditions.  Qing (Eva) Zhou from China / HK has just reached the old Inca road (half way between checkpoint 2 and 3) and came through smiling but saying "this wind is making it tough".  (photo of Eva below)

Doris Matlock from Australia. Marisa Holman from United States / New Zealand and Erik Kovessy from Canada are approaching checkpoint 3 together.

Camp is very windy.  It is expected to calm down at sunset, but that is not until after 19:30 this evening.

Stage 1: Breaking News 3

Sun, 1 October 2017 at 12:05

Checkpoint 1 closed at 10:30 - 2 hours 30 minutes after the race started.  Everyone successfully compled the first 9km / 5.5 miles of the course.  At this early stage in the race the first twenty through the checkpoint are listed below all within 22 minutes of each other.  Also - 12 different countries are represented by these 20 people.

  1. 1. Zandy Mangold (USA) - 1 hour 4 mins
  2. 2. Ben FOX (UK / HK) - 1 hour 6 mins
  3. 3. Douglas COSTA (Brazil) - 1 hour 6 mins
  4. 4. Simon WILSON (UK) - 1 hour 6 mins
  5. 5. Jeremy Goddard (UK) - 1 hour 6 mins
  6. 6. Ian Malcolm (UK) - 1 hour 6 mins
  7. 7. Danny SWITZYNCK (Belgium) - 1 hour 6 mins
  8. 8. Angela ZEAH (Germany) - 1 hour 8 mins - 1st WOMAN!!!!
  9. 9. Ash MOHKTARI (Iran / Canada) - 1 hour 8 mins
  10. 10. Kathia RACHED (Lebanon) - 1 hour 9 mins
  11. 11. Yunjie (Ricky) CAO (China) - 1 hour 12 mins
  12. 12. Binh NGUYEN (Denmark) - 1 hour 12 mins
  13. 13. Michael VAD (Denmark) - 1 hour 16 mins
  14. 14. Takehito MARUYAMA (Japan) - 1 hour 17 mins
  15. 15. Jinno NORIHISA (Japan) - 1 hour 19 mins
  16. 16. Thomas HARVEY (UK) - 1 hour 20 mins
  17. 17. Yoskue IKATA (Japan) - 1 hour 21 mins
  18. 18. Deo ENCARNACION (Philippines / NZ) - 1 hour 21 mins
  19. 19. Stephane BOSS (France / USA) - 1 hour 22 mins
  20. 20 Taehun PARK (Korea)- 1 hour 26 mins

Leah Mink from the United States was in 63rd place in 1 hour 42 mins.  Leah's father, David, is a volunteer.  Today he was at checkpoint 1 and here is a photo of him supporting his dauther Leah at the checkpoint.

The front competitors are expected to be completing the stage soon - 4 hours after the start.  More news on that and checkpoints 2 and 3 soon. 

Stage 1: Breaking News 2

Sun, 1 October 2017 at 08:15

The Atacama Crossing 2017 has started!!  At 08:00 all competitors stepped up to the first start line of the race in the Atacama Desert to complete Stage 1, Navigation by Rock.  After so much preparation and waiting, everyone is excited to get started!

Today's Stage is 36 km / 23 miles with a total elevation gain of 245m / 803 feet and elevation loss of 973m / 3,200 feet.  The gain is mainly saved for the third section between checkpoint 2 and 3 when they spend 5km / 3 miles on an old caravan road going slowly uphill.  The distances between each checkpoint (CP) on Stage 1 are:

  • Camp to CP 1: 9 km / 5.5 miles
  • CP2 to CP2: 12km / 7.5 miles
  • CP2 to CP3: 11 km / 7 miles
  • CP3 to CP4 (Camp 2): 4km / 2.5 miles

Today they are likely to see llamas and vicunas grazing on the early part of the course.  Other highlights include running through a narrow canyon, seeing Inca rock art (made with coca leaves and spit) on the caravan route and views of the volcanoes all around them - including our favourite Volcan Licancabur.

Camp 1 was beautiful as ever - called Rainbow Valley (Valle de Acroris) because of the different colours of the surrounding rocks which are full of minerals.  It was not as cold or windy as it can be at this highest point of the course (3,200 meters / 10,500 feet).  And the stars did not disappoint - competitors were standing outside their tents (despite it being chilly) to look at the beautiful sky until quite late.

Have a look at who is starting the race: https://www.4deserts.com/atacamacrossing/results

See all photos from competitor check-in yesterday: https://www.4deserts.com/atacamacrossing/photos

Read the pre-race blog posts from Ben Fox, Harriet Halfhead, Marisa Holman, Jeremy Goddard Robert Allen and Heather Gordon: https://www.4deserts.com/atacamacrossing/blogs

Read the Pre-Race Stage Update: https://www.4deserts.com/atacamacrossing/stage_updates

ALL UPDATES AS THEY HAPPEN: www.4deserts.com/atacamacrossing/live

Stage 1: Breaking News 1

Sat, 30 September 2017 at 10:00

The Atacama Crossing (Chile) starts on Sunday, 1 October 2017.

Breaking news for Stage 1 will be posted on Sunday, 1 October 2017.

Stage 2: Breaking News 6

Mon, 2 October 2017 at 23:30

The RESULTS, PHOTOS and BLOGS after Stage 2 are now on the website - and it's exciting at the front. www.4deserts.com/atacamacrossing/live

1st place overall is Zandy Mangold from the United States with nearly 1 hour lead of the 2nd place male (and 50 mins over the 2nd place overall - a woman).

2nd place overall (and 1st woman) is Angela Zeah from Germany!!!!!

Overall Top 10 for the men and women are below. Other than Zandy in first place, all the other top rankings have move around.  Ben Fox has gone from 4th to 2nd.  Ian Malcom from 2nd to 5th and Douglas Costa has moved from 9th to 3rd! Ash Mokhtari is still managing to stay in the Top 10.

BLOGS - https://www.4deserts.com/atacamacrossing/blogs.  You can also get to the blogs by clicking the "blog" icon next to the name on the results page. 

There were 13 new blog posts today covering Stage 2 and also Stage 1. Even if your friend is not writing a blog I would recommend reading these as they give you the real feelings of the competitors - about the course, feet, food and friends.  Comments included

  • Marisa Holman (USA): Atacama is the most beautiful desert and the stages are phenomenal. It’s of course also super tough. I am having an absolute ball.
  • Harriet Halfhead (UK): Climbing the path up to the top to then overlook the Valley of Death (yes really its name) was utterly magnificent. The scenery is like something out of  a film, and in some of the canyons we run through I keep expecting Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid to come galloping past!
  • Ben Davies (UK): The Atacama Desert has some stunning scenery but tough terrain
  • Meghan Tomczyk (USA): My tentmates are amazing, and we’re all becoming fast friends – my Atacama Desert Family, if you will.
  • Jeremy Goddard (UK): it is an amazing place to run through and a great atmosphere in camp.
  • Liane Israel (South Africa):  WOW this is the toughest race ever. There is no fun if I don’t cry in the last 5km of each stage I’ve decided.
  • Ken Wee (Singapore):  The course/scenery was simply amazing. We started at 3200m and we ended the day at 2700m above sea level. But it is far from a down-hill course

Be sure to check out the few hundred photos from Stage 2 today to get an idea of what the competitors are seeing and talking about.  https://www.4deserts.com/atacamacrossing/photos.

Stage 3 starts at 08:00 tomorrow (Tuesday) - it is 40km / 25 miles and generally considered the hardest stage of the race.


Stage 2: Breaking News 5

Mon, 2 October 2017 at 19:45

Stage 2 has concluded.  The last competitor was Yiu Hirabayashi from Japan who is doing well and finsihed well within the cut-off time.  Others at the back of pack were Hideo Nori from Japan, Ken Wee from Singapore, Team GM Austria, Qing (Eva) Zhou from China and Juhwan Park  and Jong Hyan Kim both from South Korea.

The first 20 people to compete Stage 2 are below, in order of arrival.  Actual times and overall placings after Stage 2 will follow soon.

  1. Zandy Mangold - United States
  2. Douglas Costa - Brazil
  3. Takehito Maruyama - Japan
  4. Ben Fox - United Kingdom
  5. Angela Zeah - Germany - 1st woman!
  6. Danny Switzynck - Belgium
  7. Ian Malcolm - United Kingdom
  8. Jeremy Goddard - United Kingdom
  9. Kathia Rached - Lebanon - 2nd woman
  10. Simon Wilson - United Kingdom
  11. Binh Nguyen - Denmark
  12. Tom Harvey - United Kingdom
  13. Ash Mokhtari - Iran / Canada
  14. Deo Encarnacion - Philippines / New Zealand
  15. Heather Jablonowski - Canada - 3rd woman
  16. Kimberley Tompson - Australia - 4th woman
  17. Linda Wilson - Canada - 5th woman
  18. Ita Marzotto - Italy - 6th woman
  19. Yunjie (Ricky) Cao - China
  20. Stephane Boss - France / United States

It is impressive to have six women in the Top 20. It is also testament to being a truly international race with eight nationalities in the Top 10 today!  For those Brits out there nearly half of the Top 10 are from the United Kingdom!

Linda Wilson from Canada described the day: "today was an absolute highlight" - and that was before she had got to run down the massive dune. 

Garry Ford from the UK (living in the United States) was less than excited by all the river crossings - which is a shame as there were a lot today. 

Fiona Glen from the UK came through in 22nd place, just in front of Dr. Mike Caudell who has taken well to the transition from medical team to competitor.  Fiona was laughing with Mike about being beaten by a girl - actually make that being beaten by six women Mike!

Ian Malcolm described today as "quite simply the most beautiful run in the world!!! Through a slot canyon (21 river crossings) and then over a massive outcrop looking down on the valley of death from about 2700m… "

Josef Goltschman, part of team GM Austria withdrew today so only two teams are left in competition. Xiamen University from China are currently just ahead of No Country for 3 Old Men from Canada.

Results, photos, blogs and a stage update and blogs written today will posted in the next few hours.

Stage 2: Breaking News 4

Mon, 2 October 2017 at 16:00

As of 16:00 35 competitors have crossed the finish line of Stage 2 of the Atacama Crossing.  Diana West exclaimed – 29th?!? NO! All competitors are looking strong and enjoying the course.  Ian Malcolm wanted to make sure the results were published so that his friends back home were paying attention – coming in a respectable 7th at 14:04. In first place was Zandy Mangold who looked quite relaxed as he trotted across the finish line at 13:10.  Ita Marzotto from Italy was quite happy with the later start as it meant the water in the slot canyons was not too cold, but rather refreshing. Heather Jablownowski overcame her vertigo as she descended one of the infamous dunes of the race, which is steep, but always fun once you get going. Korean competitors 104 Eun Jun Jung  and 105 Taehun Park have just crossed the finish line hand in hand looking fresh and happy.  CP 1 closed at 12:30 – just on cut off with the final racers number 101 Eva Zhou, 75 Juhwan Park, 49 Jonghyun Kim and 35 Yui Hirabaysashi making their way to CP 2. Jesse Gould, who just finished in 35th place, is doing quite well and persevering, despite losing almost almost all his mandatory equipment in Bogota!

Stage 2: Breaking News 3

Mon, 2 October 2017 at 12:30

It is now three and half hours into Stage 2 of the race.  All is going well on the course. 

The first seven competitors have passed through Checkpoint 2 which is 23km into the 35km Stage.  The first three competitors through Checkpoint 2 were:

  1. 1. Zandy Mangold from the United States  (the leader after Stage 1)
  2. 2. Douglas Costa from Brazil (was in 9th place after Stage 1)
  3. 3. Takehito Maruyama from Japan (was in 10th place after Stage 1)

The last competitors should have passed through Checkpoint 1 by this time.

There are two competitors who did not start Stage 2 - Michael Vad from Denmark and Tom Sperry from the United States. 

Stage 2: Breaking News 2

Mon, 2 October 2017 at 08:00

Atacama Crossing Stage 2 will get underway at 09:00 - that's in one hour.  Competitors are being taken back from their temporary camp site, which provided shelter from the extremely strong winds last night, to the start of Stage 2. 

Today's stage is a slightly shortened 35km / 22 miles with a further 535 meters / 1755 feet elevation loss (and 243meters / 800 feet gain). There are three checkpoints

  • Camp to CP1: 11km / 7 miles
  • CP1 to CP2: 12km / 7.5 miles
  • CP2 to CP3 / Camp 4: 12km / 7.5 miles

Stage 2 will start with more than 5kms in the slot canyons where they will get their feet wet!  They will then go up to and through an old mining tunnel, along a spectacular ridge and then run down an enormous dune into checkpoint 2.  From here they will cross Valle del Marte and have one final small dune before arriving at Camp 3 which is a desert farm. 

The forecast today is again windy but not exceeding 25km/ hour (vs. 65 km/ hr yesterday with much stronger gusts).


As we go into Stage 2 the Top 5 for the men and women are below.  All competitors completed Stage 1 of the race and will be at the start line of Stage 2.

FULL RESULTS after Stage 1: https://www.4deserts.com/atacamacrossing/results

PHOTOS from Stage 1: https://www.4deserts.com/atacamacrossing/photos

STAGE UPDATE (Stage 1 & Pre-Race so far): https://www.4deserts.com/atacamacrossing/stage_updates

BLOGS (from Camp 1 and Pre-Race - there were no blog posts after Stage 1 due to the strong winds: https://www.4deserts.com/atacamacrossing/blogs

SEND MESSAGES OF SUPPORT - go to the results page, find the person name and click "send an email".

Stage 2: Breaking News 1

Mon, 2 October 2017 at 00:00

The Atacama Crossing (Chile) starts on Sunday, 1 October 2017.

Breaking news for Stage 2 will be posted on Monday, 2 October 2017.

Stage 3: Breaking News 7

Tue, 3 October 2017 at 22:00

Wow, what a tough Stage for most people!  It is generally known to be the toughest stage of the race, but one of the most beautiful. 

Despite lots of overtaking and changing of places in the first half of the race, Stage 3 was again won by Zandy Mangold and Angela Zeah - both winning all stages so far.

The Top 10 after Stage 3 are below.  Not too much change overall despite a lot of different results for Stage 3 - however there was not enough time difference to have an immediate impact on the overall standings.

FULL RESULTS are on the website: https://www.4deserts.com/atacamacrossing/results

Also on the website are:

PHOTOS FROM STAGE 3: https://www.4deserts.com/atacamacrossing/photos

BLOGS AFTER STAGE 3: https://www.4deserts.com/atacamacrossing/blogs

VIDEO CLIPS and INTERVIEWS from STAGE 3: https://www.4deserts.com/atacamacrossing/videos

That's it from us for Stage 3.  Back for an 08:00 start tomorrow, Weds, for Stage 4.

Stage 3: Breaking News 6

Tue, 3 October 2017 at 19:30

CORRECTION: Gemma Gordon was not the last - she had come in earlier. Victor Yung and Eva Zhou were the last

Stage 3 has concluded! Just before 19:30 (nearly 12 hours after the Stage started) Gemma Gordon from Ireland was the final person to cross the finishline into Camp.

The last 9 people to complete Stage 3 are:

  • Yuli Lin from Taiwan
  • Juhwan Park from South Korea
  • Doris Matlock from Australia
  • Wongseok Chey, Sungwook Lee and Dami Ane from South Korea (together)
  • Scott Yu from China
  • Victor Yung from Hong Kong
  • Qing (Eva) Zhou from China

There are some tired people at Camp 4 but they have 12 hours to rest, recover, eat, hydrate, sleep, stretch and take care of their feet before they do it all again tomorrow.

Just two people withdrew from today's stage which makes a total of five withdrawals for the race so far.

Results, photos, videos, blogs and a summary of today's stage will be uploaded in the next few hours.

Tomorrow is a 44km / 28 mile Stage across the infamous salt flats!

Stage 3: Breaking News 5

Tue, 3 October 2017 at 18:30

An update from 18:30 - ten and a half hours after the start of Stage 3.  There are just 10 people still to arrive at Camp 4 to complete Stage 3. 

Most recent arrivals in reverse order were

  • Sebastian Lippert from Germany and Jim Kan from South Korea
  • Erik Kovessy, Tomer Simonv and Liane Israel. Erik, Tomer and Liane met each other on Stage 1 on have stuck together on the course ever since. 
  • Ken Wee from Singapore

30 minutes before that

  • Noro Hideo and Jinno Norihisa from Japan came in close together.

The last two competitors have withdrawn, Yui Hirabayashi from Japan and Jong Hyan Kim from Korea - they were not going to meet at the final cut-off for the day.

Stage 3: Breaking News 4

Tue, 3 October 2017 at 16:30

Stage 3 was won by Zandy Mangold in 4 hours 58 minutes.  Angela Zeah was first across the line for the women.  She was in 6th place overall for the women.  Team Xiamen University took the lead for the teams.

The order of the first 25 is below:

  1. 1. Zandy Mangold
  2. 2. Takehito Maruyama
  3. 3. Ben Fox
  4. 4. Douglas Costa
  5. 5. Danny Switzynck
  6. 6. Angela Zeah - 1st FEMALE
  7. 7. Kathia Rached - 2nd FEMALE (40 minutes behind Angela)
  8. 8. Ian Malcolm
  9. 9. Jeremy Goddard
  10. 10. Simon Wilson
  11. 11. Ita Marzotto - 3rd FEMALE
  12. 12. Binh Nguyen
  13. 13. Ash Mokhtari
  14. 14. Ricky Cao
  15. 15. Robert Wienclawski
  16. 16. Heather Jablonowski - 4th FEMALE
  17. 17. Kimberley Tompson - 5th FEMALE
  18. 18. Linda Wilson - 6th FEMALE
  19. 19. Deo Encarnacion
  20. 20. Ben Davies
  21. 21. Leah Mink
  22. 22. Garry Forde
  23. 23. Fiona Glen - 7th FEMALE
  24. 24. Nuno Martins
  25. 25. Eilon Armon

At 16:22, eight hours and 22 minutes into the race, 44 people had reached Camp 4 to complete the stage. The most recent arrivals in reverse order (last person first) were Jesse Gould, Akira Kawamoto, Heather Gordon, Michael Caudell, Team Xiamen University from China, Stephane Boss, Kim & Jerry Bueno and Tom Harvey.  Despite it being a tough final section people have crawled up the final sandy hill to Camp happy to be there. 

Checkpoint 4 has closed at 16:30 - so everyone has completed the first 35 km / 22 miles of the Stage.   They still have 5km / 3 miles but it's a hard final distance - partly because they can see / hear camp from a long way away but the route to camp is not direct (due to valleys in the way).

Jong Hyun Kim and Yui Hirabayashi are the last two and are very close to the cut-off. 

Stage 3: Breaking News 3

Tue, 3 October 2017 at 10:15

We are two hours and fifteen minutes into Stage 3 at 10:15 local time.

Checkpoint 1 closed at 10:01 (15 minutes ago) with all competitors having passed through.  Yui Harabayashi from Japan is maintaining her last place but is in good spirits and continuing on slowly but surely.  Sung Wook Lee, Wong Seok Choi, Jung Hyun Kim, Dami Ane and Doris Matlock were all within 15 minutes of Yui.

Here you can see Sebastian Lippert from Germany with Jerry and Kim Bueno from the United States arriving to checkpoint 1 together.

Dr. Mike Caudell, who was inspired to compete after working on the medical team of the three times, arrived at Checkpoint 1 together with Diana West who was a volunteer at the Atacama Crossing 2016.


It is very close at the front of the pack. At checkpoint 1 the first 25 people all arrived within 15 minutes of each other.  At checkpoint 2 they had not spreadout much more.  There 14 people through and the actual order of arrival was:

  1. Douglas Costa, Brazil - 09:42
  2. Takehita Muruyama, Japan - 09:43
  3. Danny Switznuk, Belgium - 09:46
  4. Ben Fox, UK - 09:47
  5. Angela Zeah, Germany - 09:48
  6. Zandy Mangold, USA - 09:50
  7. Jeremy Goddard, UK - 09:55
  8. Robert Wieclawski, Poland - 09:56
  9. Simon Wilson, UK - 09:56
  10. Ian Malcolm, UK - 10:02
  11. Kathia Rached, Lebanon - 10:03
  12. Binh Nguyen, Denmark - 10:06
  13. Ash Mokhtari, Iran / Canada - 10:08
  14. Yunjie (Ricky) Cao, China - 10:09

However this is where fun (crud) starts after checkpoint 2 and could see people spreadout a bit more.

Have a look for a few more photos from today on the website: https://www.4deserts.com/atacamacrossing/photos

Stage 3: Breaking News 2

Tue, 3 October 2017 at 09:10

Stage 3 of the race has started!  Today is 40km / 25 miles and is considered the hardest stage.  The start was at 08:00 and the distances to cover for each section are:

  • Camp 3 to CP1 - 9.6km / 6 miles
  • CP to CP2: 8.3km / 5.2 miles
  • CP2 to CP3: 10.2km / 6.4 miles
  • CP3 to CP4: 6.9km / 4.3 miles
  • CP4 to CP5 / Camp 4: 5km / 3 miles

There is only 281 meters elevation gain and 150 meter elevation loss but they will be introduced to the salts (aka crud / frozen brocoli / a ploughed field / dry coral). 

So far there are only three withdrawals - will it stay that way?

As a reminder, you can see all updates on the website until after Stage 2:

  • RESULTS: https://www.4deserts.com/atacamacrossing/results
  • PHOTOS: https://www.4deserts.com/atacamacrossing/photos
  • BLOGS: https://www.4deserts.com/atacamacrossing/blogs
  • VIDEOS (including interviews): https://www.4deserts.com/atacamacrossing/videos

I will leave you with the quote from Liane Israel from South Africa's blog:  "WOW this is the toughest race ever. there is no fun if I don’t cry in the last 5km of each stage I’ve decided"

Stage 3: Breaking News 1

Tue, 3 October 2017 at 10:05

The Atacama Crossing (Chile) starts on Sunday, 1 October 2017.

Breaking news for Stage 3 will be posted on Tuesday, 3 October 2017.

Stage 4: Breaking News 5

Wed, 4 October 2017 at 22:00

A fantastic if challenging day both physically and mentally. But we truly are in paradise as the sun sets over the salt flats behind me and the last few runners still come in.

That sums up Stage 4 nicly - courtesy of the blog of Harriet Halfhead

As competitors rest at Camp 5 in front of a salt lake (with the odd flamingo here and there) you can see what they experience today:


I leave you with a quote from the blog of Yves Lortie's blog:

Tomorrow is 80 km ! Our legs ,shoulders,feet, are in pain but…

Nothing rational about running 80 km,after 4 consecutive days of 40 km. That is the idea. Tomorrow you don’t run with your legs and brain, you run with your heart and soul.

Stage 4: Breaking News 4

Wed, 4 October 2017 at 20:00

Stage 4 is complete and competitors are now at Camp 5, Lake Tebinquinche, getting as much rest and as many calories as they can before tomorrows Long March (73km / 54 miles).

The Top 5 today were:

  1. 1. Zandy Mangold
  2. 2. Douglas Costa
  3. 3. Angela Zeah (1st WOMAN)
  4. 4. Ben Fox
  5. 5. Danny Switzynck

Some other notable performances included

  • Gemma Gordon from Ireland came in 15th (was in 48th place overall before Stage 4).  Her sister Heather also had a good day finishing 33rd (she was 54th before Stage 4).
  • Ita Marzotta from Italy who was 3rd lady today and 12th overall.  She was 19th and 6th woman before Stage 4.
  • Takaaki Nakano from Japan came in 17th (he was 31st place before Stage 4)
  • Robert Allen from UK / Hong Kong came in 40th.  His overall position before Stage 4 was 71st.
  • Vladmi dos Santos and his guide (Vladmi is blind) finished 37th.  They were in 51st position before Stage 4.  It is hard enough to complete the race at your own pace with full viision.  Just incredible!

On the other side there some people that had a slower day than normal.  However they are probably the sensible ones as it was tough Stage yesterday and tomorrow is the BIG one.

  • Jeremy Goddard from the UK finished 21st - to now he has been consistent Top 10 contender.
  • Kim and Jerry Bueno from the USA finished 47th and 48th - before Stage 4 they were in 30th place.
  • Stephane Boss from France finished 55th today - before Stage 4 he was in 21st place. 

The last people to arrive at Camp 5 were Hideo Noro, Scott Yu, Juhwan Park and Doris Matlock.

There were also three new withdrawals today.

Results, photos and blogs from today will follow shortly.

Stage 4: Breaking News 3

Wed, 4 October 2017 at 12:30

Stage 3 is going well. Checkpoint 1 closed at 11:00 (3 hours after the start of the race).  Everyone made it through - below is order of arrival at Checkpoint 1. Generally everyone was in good spirits.  Kathia Rached said "I am loving this course".  Douglas Costa loved the steep dune down but complained of having half of it in his shoes (he needs to talk to Heather Jablonowski about gaiters - read her blog!).

  1. 1. Zandy Mangold
  2. 2. Douglas Elias da Costa
  3. 3. Angela Zeah (1st woman)
  4. 4. Ben Fox
  5. 5. Danny Switzynck
  6. 6. Jeremy Goddard
  7. 7. Takahito Maruyama
  8. 8. Ian Malcolm
  9. 9. Ricky Cao
  10. 10. Simon Wilson
  11. 11. Kathia Rached (2nd woman)
  12. 12. Ita Marzotto (3rd woman)
  13. 13. Binh Nguyen
  14. 14. Ash Mokhtari
  15. 15. Takaai Nakano
  16. 16. Heather Jablonowski (4th woman)
  17. 17. Linda Wilson (5th woman)
  18. 18. Deo Encarnacion
  19. 19. Gemma Gordon (6th woman)
  20. 20. Yosuke Ikuta
  21. 21. Eilon Armon
  22. 22. Ben Davies
  23. 23. Nuno Martins
  24. 24. Fiona Glen (7th woman)
  25. 25. Diana West (8th woman)
  26. 26. Robert Wieclawski
  27. 27. Taehun Park
  28. 28. Matthew Tompson
  29. 29. Christine Moreira (9th woman)
  30. 30. Akira Kawamoto
  31. 31. Kimberley Tompson (10th woman)
  32. 32. Mike Caudell
  33. 33. Meghan Tomcysk (woman)
  34. 34. Sandy Mouret (woman)
  35. 35. Garry Forde
  36. 36. Team Xiamen University: Yu Guandi
  37. 37. Team Xiamen University: Zhan Youyi
  38. 38. Team Xiamen University: Chen Yuzeng
  39. 39. Team Xiamen University: Want Zhongwen
  40. 40. Heather Gordon (woman)
  41. 41. Leah Mink (woman)
  42. 42. Ikeda Junichi
  43. 43. Jesse Gould
  44. 44. Eun Ju Jung
  45. 45. Teishi Kishii
  46. 46. Vladmi dos Santos
  47. 47. Anicento de Almeida
  48. 48. Jerry Bueno
  49. 49. Kim Bueno (woman)
  50. 50. Robert Allen
  51. 51. Team No Country for 3 Old Men: Yves Lortie
  52. 52. Team No Country for 3 Old Men: Serge Gosselin
  53. 53. Team No Country for 3 Old Men: Ricky Fontaine
  54. 54. Paul Commons
  55. 55. Sebastian Lippert
  56. 56. Shevaun Sedlock (woman)
  57. 57. Terry Kamino
  58. 58. Tom Harvey
  59. 59. Adriana Dulic (woman)
  60. 60. Stephane Boss
  61. 61. Denis Cadoret
  62. 62. Kathleen Cote (woman)
  63. 63. Lucas messner
  64. 64. Yoichi Nakajima
  65. 65. Wannachai Bangwiroonrag
  66. 66. Ambros Muehlbachler
  67. 67. Taro Mitsujima
  68. 68. Tomer Simonov
  69. 69. Erik Kovessy
  70. 70. Xu Bo (David)
  71. 71. Ken Wee
  72. 72. Harriet Halfhead (woman)
  73. 73. Marisa Holman (woman)
  74. 74. Liane Israel (woman)
  75. 75. Yoshihito Imaeda
  76. 76. Jinno Norihisa
  77. 77. Ishida Jun
  78. 78. Yuta Sato
  79. 79. Masato Wada
  80. 80. Joanna Buick (woman)
  81. 81. Peter Chiang
  82. 82. Yuli Lin (woman)
  83. 83. Scott Yu
  84. 84. Dami Ane
  85. 85. Wonseok Chey
  86. 86. Sungwook Lee
  87. 87. Taehun Park
  88. 88. Doris Matlock (woman)
  89. 89. Victor Yung
  90. 90. Andrew North
  91. 91. Qing (Eva) Zhou (woman)
  92. 92. Jim Kan
  93. 93. Hideo Noro

Tom Harvey withdrew after reaching checkpoint 1.

At 12:30 there were already 25 people into Checkpoint 3 - very similar order for the Top 10.  Ita Marzotto from Italy is currently the third woman in 13th place overall.  There are also some llamas who have come to see what is going on.

Checkpoint 3 to 4 is the hardest section of Stage 4.  It is a longer section on single track through the salt flats but with no shade and in the heat of the day.   Competitors will not be allowed to continue from checkpoint 3 unless they are feeling 100% (or at least 90% considering they already have 120km in their legs). 

Stage 4: Breaking News 2

Wed, 4 October 2017 at 09:20

Another day, another marathon.  Stage 4 of the Atacama Crossing started at 08:00 this morning.  It was a milder night with temperatures reaching around 6C / 43F (compared to the 0C yesterday which left frost on the tents) and another hot day expected today.

Competitors will start across a desert plateau before a very steep descent into Checkpoint 1 in a green valley below.  They will then move into the Desert Forest (an experiment for growing trees in the desert – the trees grew but don’t produce anything useful, just long sharp, spikes) until they reach checkpoint which is the last point of access before a 14km stretch back in the salt flats. 

  • Camp 4 to CP1: 10km / 6 miles
  • CP1 to CP2: 8km / 5 miles
  • CP2 to CP3: 6km / 4 miles
  • CP3 to CP4: 12km / 8 miles
  • CP4 to CP5 / Camp 5: 10km / 7 miles

Top 25 at the moment



Stage 4: Breaking News 1

Wed, 4 October 2017 at 10:03

The Atacama Crossing (Chile) starts on Sunday, 1 October 2017.

Breaking news for Stage 4 will be posted on Wednesday, 4 October 2017.

Stage 5: Breaking News 8

Fri, 6 October 2017 at 13:00

Competitors are enjoying the rest day.  The finishline drum stopped beating at 07:24 when the last competitor reached camp - it was Hideo Noro from Japan. 

Another tough day in the desert but with beautiful scenery to dull the pain and tiredness. 

Tomorrow is the final Stage.  It's a short 8km / 5 mile run into San Pedro Square, but it could be exciting among the men as there is just 4 minutes between 2nd and 3rd place and just 14 minutes between 2nd and 4th.  I sense a sprint

Current standings after Stage 5:

  • 1st - Zandy Mangold - 28 hours and 9 mins
  • 2nd - Danny Switzynck - 29 hours and 51 mins
  • 3rd - Ben Fox - 29 hours 56 mins
  • 4th - Douglas Costa - 30 hours 5 mins


  • 1st - Angela Zeaha - 30 hours 22 mins (5th overall)
  • 2nd - Kathia Rached - 33 hours 15 mins (7th overall)
  • 3rd - Ita Marzotto - 38 hours 9 mins (15th overall)

Outside of the Top 10 (and also within) there are some impressive results and inspiring stories.  It is a race, but that's only half the story.

Updates on the website:

  • RESULTS after Stage 5: https://www.4deserts.com/atacamacrossing/results
  • PHOTOS from Stage 5: https://www.4deserts.com/atacamacrossing/photos
  • BLOGS written from Camp 6: https://www.4deserts.com/atacamacrossing/blogs


Stage 5: Breaking News 7

Fri, 6 October 2017 at 04:00

We are now 20 hours into Stage 5. 

At 03:00 there were just 18 competitors still out on the Stage 5 course.   The last people to arrive at Camp were Marisa Holman, Taehun Park, Sungwook Lee, Robert Wieclawski and Jim Kan, Wannachai Bangwiroonwag, Peter Chiang and Joanna Buick.

Checkpoint 7 closed at 04:00 when the last person left.  Apart from being a bit tired(!) they are all doing well.

The final people to complete Stage 5 are:

Tentative RESULTS after Stage 5 are now on the website.  Note that "I" means still "in the field".  www.4deserts.com/atacamacrossing/results

Still just the two withdrawals during Stage 5, and that is not expected to change in the next 10km / 6 miles. 

PHOTOS and some BLOGS will be posted soon.

Meanwhile do enjoy all the video clips from the week.  This includes a moving interview with Vladmi do Santos - it was 13 years ago yesterday that he lost his sight and was glad to celebrate it by completing such a tough stage of the.


Stage 5: Breaking News 6

Fri, 6 October 2017 at 01:45

01:46, 6 October 2017, Stage 5

At 01:00 there were just 35 people left to complete the Long March and settle down to a well-deserved rest at Camp 6 nestled in Moon Valley.

The last 25 people to reach Camp 6 were:

  • 26. Heather Jablonowski from Canada
  • 27. Sandy Mouret from Canada
  • 28. Eilon Armon from Israel
  • 29. Leah Mink from United States
  • 30. Vladmi dos Santos from Brazil
  • 31. Aniceto de Almeida from Brazil
  • 32. Yoskue Ikuta from Japan
  • 33. Garry Ford from UK / USA
  • 34. Diana West from the UK
  • 35. Michael Caudell from the United States
  • 36. Masuta Wada from Japan
  • 37. Team Xiamen University from China (Yu, Wang, Chen & Zhan)
  • 41. Matthew Tompson from Australia
  • 42. Kim & Jerry Bueno from the United States
  • 44. Akira Kawamoto from Japan
  • 45. Harriet Halfhead from the UK
  • 46. Serge Gosselin, Denis Cadoret & Yves Lortie from Canada
  • 49. Robert Allen from UK / HK
  • 50. Tomer Simoov from Israel / USA

Checkpoint 5 is closed - everyone has left this checkpoint.

Checkpoint 6 - is just wating for the last four people.  They are Dami Ane and Juhwan Park from South Korea and Junichi Ikeda and Yoichi Nakajima from Japan.   They will have another 18km / 11 miles from CP 6 to the finishline.

Checkpoint 7 - has 13 more people to reach their point.  From here it is 9.7km / 6.1 miles to the end.

We are expecting the last people to complete Stage 5 in about seven hours time at around 09:00.

Stage 5: Breaking News 5

Thu, 5 October 2017 at 23:59

It is now sixteen hours into Stage 5 of the Atacama Crossing. 

All competitors have reached Checkpoint 5 - that's 50km / 31 miles into the Stage, "just" 23km / 14 miles to go from here!  Many people have taken the chance to rest and have a hot meal at Checkpoint 5 but now just two people are remaining and they are getting ready to leave. 

Checkpoint 6 is only waiting for five more people. 

34 competitors have completed Stage 5.  Diana West was the most recent person to arrive in 34th place. 

Marisa Holman from United States / New Zealand is doing great - she has reached Checkpoint 6 and is on the homeward straight just excited to finish!

Shevaun Sedlock from Canada left checkpoint 7 one hour ago so is expected at Camp any moment now. 

Two competitors, Ben Davies and Doris Matlock have withdrawn today.

Stage 5: Breaking News 4

Thu, 5 October 2017 at 20:00

The Long March, Stage 5, was won by Zandy Mangold and Angela Zeah at 17:09 and 17:46 - that is less than nine hours!!    At 20:30 seventeen people had completed the Stage.  The most recent people to complete the Stage were Fiona Glen from the UK, Takehito Maruyama from Japan, Ash Mokhtari from Iran / Canada, Yuta Sato from Japan, Ita Marzotto from Italy, Binh Nguyen from Denmark and Simon Wilson from the UK.  The Top 10 were: 

  1.  Zandy Mangold
  2. Danny Switznyck
  3. Ben Fox
  4. Angela Zeah (1st WOMAN)
  5. Douglas Costa
  6. Ricky Cao
  7. Ian Malcolm
  8. Kathia Rached (2nd WOMAN)
  9. Gemma Gordon (3rd WOMAN)
  10. Deo Encarnacion

Outstanding performances by all, especially Gemma Gordon from Ireland and Deo Encarnacion from Philippines / New Zealand breaking the Top 10 for the first time this week. 

Checkpoint 3 closed at 13:30 and Checkpoint 4 has also closed.  

Checkpoint 5 has had 83 competitors arrive with many taking a longer break at this, the "Overnight" Checkpoint. The last people to arrive were Scott Yu from China, Qing (Eva) Zhou from China, Erik Kovessey from Canada, Liane Israel from South Africa and Jesse Gould from the United States. 

Checkpoint 6 has had 50 competitors through.  

All competitors are all now under the moonlight in Moon Valley following a course light up by glowsticks. 

Kathia Rached - was laughing along the course and said "I am just so happy" 

Eilon Armon - came into Checkpoint 4 saying "I don't want this to end, this is breathtaking and one of the most beautiful places I have seen.  It is incredible" 


Stage 5: Breaking News 3

Thu, 5 October 2017 at 12:46

Stage 5 is going well. 

Checkpoint 1 closed less than three hours after the start with all competitors who started passing through fast.  The section before checkpoint 1 is a long one of 14kms on tough terrain (but before it heats up) so a great milestone for everyone to have passed.

Checkpoint 2 Update

At 12:46, nearly four hours after the start, 52 competitors had passed through Checkpoint 2.  The most recent people to reach Checkpoint 2 were

  • 52nd through - Michael Caudell (Mike was inspired to join the race after being on the medical team three times)
  • 51st through - Sebastian Lippert from Germany
  • 49th and 50th through - Vladmi dos Santos (who is blind) and his guide Aniceto
  • 47th and 48th through - Yves Lortie and Denis Cadoret from Canada
  • 45th and 46th through - Kim and Jerry Bueno a couple from Texas in the USA
  • 44th through - Harriet Halfhead from the United Kingdom
  • 43rd through - Matthew Tompson from Australia
  • 42nd through - Serge Gosselin from Canada.
  • 41st through - Leah Mink from the United States

Deo Encarnacion from New Zealand is looking strong so far, passing Checkpoint 2 in 11th place.  It was at checkpoint 4 on this stage in 2015 that Deo withdrew.  2017 is his redemption!!

Impressive performances also from Meaghan Tomczyk coming in 23rd (37th after Stage 4) and a slower start for Jeremy Goddard (18th to CP 2).

The lead remain unchanged although just 15 minutes separates postions 7 to 15.  More on where the leaders are in the next update.

Below is the sandy hill they climb before across a plateau and down into Checkpoint 4. 

Stage 5: Breaking News 2

Thu, 5 October 2017 at 10:00

Stage 5, the Long March started at 08:00 today.  Stage 5 is 72km / 45 miles and will keep on going for more than 24 hours - the last people are expected to complete the Stage around 10:00 tomorrow (that's Friday, 6 October).  The leaders are likely to finish tonight before it gets dark at 20:00. 

Competitors will run around a stunning salt lake (in tough terrain), then in open desert towards a large dune that they will climb and then run down into Checkpoint 4.  They are then running in the Valley of the Moon for the remainder of the course with one last climb up to Checkpoint 7 before the final downhill section to the final Camp fo the Race. 

Checkpoint 5 is what we call the "Overnight Checkpoint" where extra time is allowed for competitors to take a proper rest - there are tents for sleeping in as well as hot water for a proper meal to fuel them for the final push to the end. 

Details of the distance of each stage and elevation etc. are below.

Before the start of Stage 5, there was more person to withdraw - Paul Collins from the United States.

Send postive vibes to all competitors for a long, tough day (and night) ahead. 


Stage 5: Breaking News 1

Thu, 5 October 2017 at 02:02

The Atacama Crossing (Chile) starts on Sunday, 1 October 2017.

Breaking news for Stage 5 will be posted on Thurs-Fri, 5 - 6 October 2017.

Stage 6: Breaking News 3

Sat, 7 October 2017 at 12:20

The Atacama Crossing 2017 has come to an end!  All competitors (still in the race) have completed the final stage!  Congratulations to all those who made it to the start line - and to those who completed the race. And thank you to all the volunteers and doctors!

A few initial photos from the finisline can be seen on the website and also on the 4 Deserts Facebook page.

PHOTOS: www.4deserts.com/atacamacrossing/photos

RESULTS to follow soon: www.4deserts.com/atacamacrossing/results

4 Deserts Facebook page: www.facebook.com/4deserts

Stage 6: Breaking News 2

Sat, 7 October 2017 at 08:15

At 09:00 (45 minutes time) competitors will start the final Stage of the Atacama Crossing 2017.  Just 8km / 5 miles lies between competitors, their final placings, their medal, pizza, beer and a shower!!

The final finish line of the race is in San Pedro Main Square where the festivities will begin.  The first competitors are expected to arrive by 09:40 and the last competitors to cross the line by 11:30.

For some the goal is simply to comlete the race.  For others it is still a serious competition to maintain their place or try to move up a rank or two.  Just 4 minutes separates 2nd and 3rd place and there is just 10 minutes betewen 3rd and 4th place overall. 

Currently standings for the Top 3 and 4 are below, but full results can be seen on the website: https://www.4deserts.com/atacamacrossing/results


1st – Zandy Mangold – United States – 28 hours 9 minutes
2nd – Danny Switzynck – Belgium – 29 hours 51 minutes
3rd – Ben Fox – United Kingdom – 29 hours 56 minutes
4th – Douglas Costa – Brazil – 30 hours 5 minutes


1st – Angela Zeah – Germany – 30 hours 22 minutes
2nd – Kathia Rached – Lebanon – 33 hours 15 minutes
3rd – Ita Marzotto – Italy – 38 hours 9 minutes 

There are also places to gained or lost further back in the field:

  • Deo Encarnacion and Jeremy Goddard are separated by 30 seconds for 13th and 14th.
  • There are just 12 minutes between Robert Wieclawski from Poland, Stephane Boss from France and Vladmi dos Santos and Aniceto de Almeida from Brazil.
  • Akira Kawamoto, Serge Gosselin and Yves Lortie are just 4 minutes apart.
  • Peter Chiang from Singapore and Sebastian Lippert are separated by 10 minutes

Excitement at Camp 6 before the start.


Stage 6: Breaking News 1

Sat, 7 October 2017 at 00:00

The Atacama Crossing (Chile) starts on Sunday, 1 October 2017.

Breaking news for Stage 6 will be posted on Sat, 7 October 2017.