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ATACAMA CROSSING – HALFWAY RACE UPDATE - 120km DONE, 130km TO GO

120 kilometers done, 130kms to go. As RacingThePlanet’s 250 kilometer ultramarathon in northern Chile, the Atacama Crossing, reaches the halfway point, the leader, Wo Ho Chung from Hong Kong could be on to set a course record!  After three stages Wong holds an unimaginable 2 hour lead over the rest of the field having completed 120kms in 10 hours and 55 minutes. The course record is 23 hours 46 minutes - 10 minutes faster than the only other time ever recorded under 24 hours set originally by Salomon sponsored international ultrarunner Ryan Sandes from South Africa.

 

RANK

Bib

NAME

COUNTRY

AGE

TIME AFER STAGE 3

1

107

WONG, Ho Chung

Hong Kong

31

10:55:30

2

100

WAKAOKA, Takuya

Japan

34

12:34:13

3

86

SANTINI, Christophe

France

47

12:59:02

4

7

BECKER, Maik

Switzerland

48

14:31:44

5

83

ROADLEY, Greg

New Zealand

44

15:04:04

 

 

The women’s field is equally as exciting, if not more so, with the leader bib having changed hands after each of the three Stages so far.  There is just three minutes separating 1st and 2nd Place athletes Le Ping (Denise) from China and Hannah Walsh from the United Kingdom.  There is also less than one hour separating the Top 5 female athletes.

 

RANK

BIB

NAME

COUNTRY

AGE

TIME AFTER STAGE 3

1

61

LE, Ping (Denise)

China

39

17:40:50

2

101

WALSH, Hannah

United Kingdom

27

17:43:49

3

82

REYNOLDS, Lara

South Africa

48

18:22:13

4

9

BELL, Jacqui

Australia

23

18:42:12

5

26

CONNELLY, Victoria

United Kingdom

37

18:44:37

 

 

Team GrandSlammers from Korea hold first place in the team category. They are in 31st position overall in a time of 18:55:52.

 

Incredibly, in the top end of the field, there are 10 countries represented! This is a truly international race.

 

At the back end of the field competitors have been feeling the altitude, intense sun, extreme heat and the unforgiving terrain which has included more than 5kms in a slot canyon with water up to their waist, narrow airless canyons, salt flats which are like walking on coral and sand dunes that you literally have to crawl up on your hands and knees.  They have times closer to 40 hours after the first three Stages of the race and there have been some competitors to withdraw. 

 

Despite these conditions, they have been rewarded with beautiful vistas, packs of llama’s, a tunnel through the mountains and an unforgettable run down a 150 meter sand dune into the Valle de Muerte (Valley of Death)

 

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