Riitta Hanninen's passion for the great outdoors can be traced back to her childhood in the pristine environment of Finland. Thousands of lakes and vast forests lying just beyond her doorstep inspired a life of sports and a love of the outdoors. After graduating with a degree in Tourism and Event Management from Jyvaskyla University of Applied Sciences, Riitta moved to Asia to pursue a career in international business and event management. She worked in corporate events for four years before moving into sports event management.
A resident of Hong Kong since 2004, Riitta has competed in numerous trail-running, action sport and paddling races. In the 4 Deserts Ultramarathon series, Riitta completed in the Sahara Race (Namibia) 2017 earning the third place in the women's category. Besides trail sports, surf-ski paddling is one of her favourite activities on water but you may find Riitta on her bike or cross-country skis too depending on where in the world she is.
Riitta has worked on the management team at more than thirty RacingThePlanet / 4 Deserts Ultramarathons since she joined RacingThePlanet in 2010. She is responsible for planning, preparation and overseeing the events.