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Pre-Race: Breaking News 5

Sat, 29 April 2017 at 22:02

Competitors arrived at Camp 1 in the Skeleton Coast National Park to a very warm welcome from Namibian locals signing under the banner.  Competitors quickly settled in, preparing a dinner by the fire before heading to bed as the sun quickly set.  Steve Wise of Scotland said in his blog: "As the sun begins to set, everyone is sitting around chatting, eating and enjoying the beginning of a big adventure. After 7 months thinking about this thing, I will be off in 15 hours. I’m hoping to get some sleep tonight and be raring to go on Sunday morning." Stage 1 begins at 8 am tomorrow.

Pre-Race: Breaking News 4

Sat, 29 April 2017 at 13:01

Check-In at in Swakopmund is now complete. Competitors will depart for the first campsite on the edge of Skeleton Coast in just 30 minutes. The weather is mild at 30 Celsius with thick mist from the sea finally clearing from the sky.  During check in competitors visited with the medical team, had their gear checked and other forms reviewed.  Tadashi Murakami of Japan had the lightest backpack weighing just 5.8 kilograms and Sungho Ryu, also of Japan, had the heaviest backpack weighing 15.5 kilograms.  Volunteers Ryan Kim from Korea, who lives in South Africa, was asked if there was any one competitor who stood out.  Ryan said "everyone is quite special."  Simon Melanson of Canada took note of all the advice "Will need to bring my shoes inside tent at night. Apparently, scorpions like to sleep in them and jackals think its fun to grab them and use them as chew toys.  I will definitely follow this advice as I do not want the added challenge of running the race with a scorpion sting, one shoe, and/or barefoot!"

Pre-Race: Breaking News 3

Sat, 29 April 2017 at 04:01

Most competitors have now arrived in Namibia. Excitement is in the air with competitors gathering around the historic Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Centre, in the quaint city of Swakupmond where the Skeleton Coast comes to life.  Volunteers have just completed training, and competitors are awaiting the final check in which begins shortly after breakfast on Saturday.  The 4 Deserts Race Series management team returned from a final recce of the course, and reported that there had been quite a bit of rain which has resulted in many dormant flowers and plants now in full bloom.  Live race coverage begins on Sunday.  Please go to www.4deserts.com/sahararace/live for our special summary page with each day's highlights. This page will be updated throughout each day.

Pre-Race: Breaking News 2

Tue, 25 April 2017 at 10:05

The 4 Deserts management team is currently on the course, checking all last minute details.

Pre-Race: Breaking News 1

Sat, 15 October 2016 at 00:00

The next edition of the Sahara Race (Namibia) starts on 30 April 2017.

Pre-Race Breaking News for the Sahara Race (Namibia) 2017 will start to be posted the week starting Mon, 24 April 2017.

Stage 1: Breaking News 6

Sun, 30 April 2017 at 20:03

See all the latest photos from Stage 1:  http://www.4deserts.com/sahararace/photos

Stage 1: Breaking News 5

Mon, 1 May 2017 at 18:00

Stage 1 of the Sahara Race (Namibia) 2017 is complete.  The final competitors crossed the finsih line at 16:16 (local time in the Namib Desert) after eight hours and sixteen minutes.  The last three were friends from South Korea: Ryu Sungho, Kang Sungsuk and Jung Young Woong. 

The full results are available www.4deserts.com/sahararace/results

Full stage update as well as photos, videos and blogs will be available soon.

Markus Zeigler from Switzerland loved the stage - when he came over the ridge and could see the Atlantic Ocean on the Skeleton Coast he literally screamed with the excitement at the stunning view.

We are very happy to see Tobias Verwey from Namibia come in 11th place.  Hannes Smit also from Namibia finished well in 30th place. 

Jay Wong from Hong Kong enjoyed the stage today.  Having the wind behind them was very helpful. 

Stage 2 will start at 08:00 tomorrow.  It is 39.5km / 24.7 miles which will take them across Scotts Bridge and past a diamond mine(!)

Stage 1: Breaking News 4

Sun, 30 April 2017 at 18:03

Stage 1 results from the Sahara Race (Namibia) 2017 are now online:  http://www.4deserts.com/sahararace/results.  Blogs and photos will be updated in the news few hours.

Stage 1: Breaking News 3

Sun, 30 April 2017 at 15:00

Seven hours after the start of Stage 1 there are 84 competitors who have reached Camp 2 and completed the Stage.  The most recent people to reach the windy Camp were Tadashi Murakami (the oldest competitor) from Japan running in together with Chloe Kim from South Korea - they just today on the course. His son Tadahiro Murakami arrived before him.  Other recent arrivals were Alan Phillips of New Zealand and Gavin Pilcher from the UK.   Not long before that Nicola Roth and Charlotte Lynch crossed together - they enjoyed the day and found the first 20kms fun, but said it was hard to do the same distance again.  Rene de Klein and Karin Teuben from the Netherlands are expected soon.

The Top 3 women are

1st Kristinet Starck from South Africa.

2nd Carolina Monaci from Italy (just a few minutes behind)

3rd Kristen Althof from Germay

(and then Riitta Hanninen(!) from Finland in 4th place)

Diana West from the UK had an enormous smile on her face when she arrived - she was super excited to cross the finishline and complete Stage 1 of the race having been very nervous before she started.

The last three competitors on the course are Young Woong Jung, Peter Kang and Sungho Ryo - all from Korea (South).  All three are doing well and are well within the cut-off.   They have left checkpoint 3 and are completing the last 7.8kms into camp.

Stage 1: Breaking News 2

Sun, 30 April 2017 at 12:30

Ralph Crowley from the United States is the winner of Stage 1 of the Sahara Race (Namibia) 2017.  He completed the 37.8km / 23.6 mile stage in 3 hours, 3 minutes and 54 seconds. 

2nd place was Jovica Spajic from Serbia who is supporting the HOPE for Pulmonary Hypertension.  3rd place went to Iulian Rotariu from Romania. 

After four and half hours, 20 people have completed the stage:

4th - Ole Norstadt from Norway

5th - Mo Foustok from Saudi Arabia

6th Felix Allen from the UK

7th Shawn Harmon from the USA

8th Paul Borlinha from Canada

9th Steffen Neupert from Germany

10th Rafael Fuchsgruber from Germany

11th Tobias Verwey from NAMIBIA

12th Sascha Zipp from Germany

13th Simon Melanson from Canada

14th Nicola Benetti from Italy

15th Andrei Gligor from Romania

16th Bent Stougaard from Denmark

17th Christoph Castelberg from Germany

18th Kuno Kownokski from Germany

19th Simon Wilson from England

10th Bryan Murphy from Scotland

Further back in the field checkpoint 1 has closed well before the cut off time with everyone making it through and checkpoint 2 is also looking to close well before cut off with more than 88 people already through. 

For the women, Kristinet Starck is leading the field. 

It's been a VERY windy stage - luckily with the wind behind them most of the way.  Camp 2 aptly named Purple Oasis as it is situated in a valley or purple rocks is also very windy.  It is expect to keep blowing for the rest of the day but calm down in the early evening.

It is currently 12:30:00 local time in the Namib Desert.  The stage will conclude by 17:30 local time. 

 

Stage 1: Breaking News 1

Sat, 15 October 2016 at 00:00

The next edition of the Sahara Race (Namibia) starts on 30 April 2017.

Breaking News for Stage 1 of the Sahara Race (Namibia) 2017 will be posted on Sun, 30 April 2017.

Stage 2: Breaking News 4

Mon, 1 May 2017 at 18:04

Stage 2 is now complete and full results have been posted at http://www.4deserts.com/sahararace/results.  Another incredibly rare stage as all competitors successfully completed Stage 2. The top three men today were: Mo Foustok of Saudi Arabia in 3:14:02, Ralph Crowley of the United States in 3:25:18, Iulian Rotariu of Romania in 3:42:18, Jovica Spajic of Serbia in 3:42:53, Ole Norstad of Norway in 3:58:40.

The top five women were: Kirsten Althoff of Germany in 4:22:17, Kristinent Starck of South Africa in 4:59:05, Carolina Monaci of Italy in 5:29:12, Riitta Hanninen of Finland in 5:05:44 and Andrea Loew in 5:49:20.

The final 10 finishers were:  Marisa Holman of the United States, Hiroki Takahashi of Japan, Chloe Kim of Korea, Bo Jun Kim of Korea, Kwang Hun Lee of Korea, Byounghwan Oh of Korea, Paul Bao of Singapore, Peter Kang of Korea, Young Woong Jung of Korea and Sungho Ryu of Korea.

All competitors are resting at camp under the beautiful African stars.

Photos and videos from Stage 2 will be posted shortly.

Stage 2: Breaking News 3

Mon, 1 May 2017 at 13:08

Just in update on Stage 2:  Ralph Crowley of the United States has come in second, 15 minutes behind Mo Foustok of Saudi Arabia, and Kristinet Starck of South Africa has placed as second woman.  Iulian Rotariu of Romania and Jovica Spajic of Serbia have tied for third place overall.

Stage 2: Breaking News 2

Mon, 1 May 2017 at 13:05

Mo Foustok of Saudi Arabia and Kirsten Althoff of Germany have just won Stage 2 of the Sahara Race 2017.

Stage 2: Breaking News 1

Mon, 1 May 2017 at 12:02

Stage 2 is currently underway and we will be posting updates shortly.

Stage 3: Breaking News 5

Tue, 2 May 2017 at 19:00

Stage 3 has concluded.  All competitors completed the entire course within the cut-off times.  Paul Bao from Singapore and Ryu Sungho were the last to cross - there was a lot of support from other competitors who came to cheer them in.  Despite not completing the entire course they have completed the entire day together and exclaimed that they could not have done it without each other.

The full results, photos, blogs and more will be added to the website soon.

Stage 3: Breaking News 4

Tue, 2 May 2017 at 14:30

At 14:30 (Namib Desert time) 23 people have reached Camp 4 and completed the 42.8kms of Stage 3.   Everyone is doing great.  Most people loved the stage despite the 20kms of soft sand along the beach of the Skeleton coast – they went past ship wrecks and through (smelly) seal colonies.  The course then turned inland on a wide open, rocky terrain with a “never ending horizon” according to Paul Borlinha, and into camp. 

The most recent people to arrive at Camp are Kristinet Starck, the leader from Stage 1.  Then Simon Melanson from Canada, Simon Wilson from the United Kingdom and Tobias Verwey from Namibia. 

It has been a good day for the German and Swiss contingent.  Chrisoph Castelberg was surprised by his time and loved the beach.  

The female finish times of Stage 3 are:

1st Kirsten Althof from Germay who said that she is just loving it and being pushed on by the scenery.

2nd Riitta Hanninen from Finland

3rd Kristinet Starck from South Africa

4th Carolina Monaci from Italy

We will have the full results to see who is leading overall for the ladies (and men) at the end of the Stage.

Stage 3: Breaking News 3

Tue, 2 May 2017 at 12:30

At 12:30 (Namib Desert time) – four and half hours into the race, Mo Foustok arrived at Camp 4 as the winner of Stage 3 of the Sahara Race (Namibia) 2017.   He completed the 42.8km stage in 4 hours  11 minutes.  Jovica Spajic from Serbia was in 2nd place – 19 minutes behind Mo.   We are awaiting more competitors. 

Checkpoint 1 has been closed sometime and Checkpoint 2 has had 67 people through.  The most recent to leave were Matthew Kroehler and Manon Schockmel

Checkpoint 3 has had 21 people through.  The most recent were Simon Wilson from the United Kingdom and Riitta Hanninen from Finland.  There is just 9.7km between checkpoint 3 and the final checkpoint of the Stage which is Camp 4 in the Koiab Riverbed marking the entrance to the red Namib Desert Sections.

Stage 3: Breaking News 2

Tue, 2 May 2017 at 10:45

Stage 3 started at 08:00 in the dunes behind the Atlantic Ocean beach.   All competitors are still in the race - there are no withdrawals so far.  Stage 3 is 42.8 kms / 26.8 miles and is aptly named the Skeleton Beach Run as it includes 20kms along the beach past a few seal colonies and the shipwreck Henrietta.  Competitors started the Stage under the Skeleton Coast mist which started to thin out early on – the beach run was arond 20C with a mild wind.  However the day will heat up with CP4 / Camp 4 already at 32C.

Kilias Hung from Hong Kong and Paul Bao from Singapore were the last cross the start line as they made their final preparations for the day.

At 10:45 (Namib Desert time) nearly three hours into the race checkpoint 1is waiting for four more people.   They are: Sungkuk (Peter) Kang, Sungho Ryo, Doerte Schreinert and  Paul Bao. 

Seven people have reached checkpoint 2, they are:

1st Mo Foustok from Saudi Arabia at 10:10 (2 hours 10 mins so far)

2nd Jovica Spajic from Serbia at 10:27

3rd Ralph Crowley from the United States at 10:33

4th  Iulian Rotariu from Romania at 10:34

5th Ole Norstadt from Denmark 10:35

6th Rafael Fuchsgruber from Germany at 10:44

7th is the FIRST LADY Kirsten Althoff from Germay (1st lady)

The second lady, Kristinet Starck from South Africa, is not far behind and was in front of Kirsten at the earlier checkpoint.

Stage 3: Breaking News 1

Sat, 15 October 2016 at 00:00

The next edition of the Sahara Race (Namibia) starts on 30 April 2017.

Breaking News for Stage 3 of the Sahara Race (Namibia) 2017 will be posted on Tues, 2 May 2017.

Stage 4: Breaking News 12

Thu, 4 May 2017 at 14:03

 Stage 4 has now concluded and all competitors are at camp. Full results are available online.

Stage 4: Breaking News 11

Thu, 4 May 2017 at 09:04

All but eight competitors have reached camp but all are expected before the cutoff time of 10 am. The most recent to arrive were Galvin Pilcher of the United Kingdom and Mackenzie Deal of the United States. Yesterday saw 15 competitors withdraw due to the heat. All the competitors are doing fine and currently resting after The Long March. The campsite is located in the Uniab Dry Riverbed. The temperatures are already 30C at 9am but there is a cool breeze blowing. Partial results have been posted online:http://www.4deserts.com/sahararace/results

Stage 4: Breaking News 10

Thu, 4 May 2017 at 04:48

CP5 closed at 1:45 am and there have been no more withdrawals since earlier in the day at CP4. The most recent competitors to arrive at camp include:  7 - Paul Borlinha (Canada), 13 - Hongseok Choi (Korea), 37 -- Neil Johnson (United Kingdom), 59 -- Masafumi Morimoto, and 99 - Stephen Wise (Scotland).

Stage 4: Breaking News 9

Thu, 4 May 2017 at 04:01

Competitors continue to arrive at CP8 which is the campsite at the end of Stage 4, aka "The Long March," which was an 80 kilometer stage through scorching heat.  Today's temperatures were soaring throughout the day, and several competitors, which is typical on a very hot day, had to withdraw.  The following withdrew at or before CP4:

#3, Eilon Armon, Israel
#4, Scott Baldridge, United States
#20, Matthew Flowers, United Kingdom
#25, Christopher Gooch, United Kingdom
#33, Marisa Holman, United States
#40, Raymond Kan, Hong Kong
#64, Ole Norstad, Norway
#68, Alan Phillips, New Zealand
#74, Ed Sadler, United States
#75, Miguel Sagastume, Guatemala
#79, Doerte Schreinert, Germany
#81, Chris Sharrock, United Kingdom
#86, Bent Stougaard, Switzerland
#97, Diana West, United Kingdom
#100, Jay Wong, Hong Kong

All are fine and now resting.  The temperature has cooled drastically and the remaining competitors are making good progress towards CP8, the camp.

 

Stage 4: Breaking News 8

Thu, 4 May 2017 at 01:05

The first placed woman was Kirsten Althoff of Germany who walked over the finish line in at 21:11.  Kirsten was accompanied by Rafael Fuchgruber of Germany and Shawn Harmon of the United States.

Stage 4: Breaking News 7

Wed, 3 May 2017 at 21:22

Mo Foustok has won Stage 4 of the Sahara Race 2017 in a time of 9:15 followed by Felix Allen of the United Kingdom in a time of 11:14 and Jovica Spajic of Serbia in a time of 11:44.

At 9:22 pm in Nambia, 75 competitors are now through CP4 on Stage 4 of The Long March.  With 42 kilometers completed, the competitors are over the halfway point with 40 kilometers remaining to camp. The temperatures are now very cool making it much easier.  The most recent ten to pass through CP4 include:

19:  Alain Esseiva, Switzerland

15:  Alexandra de Rosa, Hong Kong

18:  MacKenzie Deal, United States

45:  Claudia Konowski, Germany

63:  Steffen Neupert, Germany

65:  Byoung Hwan Oh, Korea

44:  Hye Jin Kim, Korea

41:  Peter Kang, Korea

42: Bo Jun Kim, Korea

49: Kwang Hun Lee, Korea

Stage 4: Breaking News 6

Wed, 3 May 2017 at 21:04

Recap of Stage 4:  The Long March

Start Time: 8 am

Competitors at Startline:  93

Overall Leader: Mo Foustok of Saudi Arabia

Women's Leader: Kirsten Althoff of Germany

Numbers of CheckPoints:  8 (Camp is at final CP8)

CheckPoint Where Competitors May Sleep:  CP4

Cutoff Time at CP4:  Midnight

Temperatures Expected:  45 Celsius or 113 Farenheit

Sunset in Namibia:  5:25 pm

Current Status:  Competitors are through CP3, most are through CP4 as of 8 pm

Stage 4: Breaking News 5

Wed, 3 May 2017 at 17:07

Following the Koiab River bed away from the beach to Springbok Wasser, competitors continued through majestic wide open plains with red domes for Stage 4, the hottest yet. Competitors were able to view the African sunset as the temperatures quickly dropped around 6 pm. CP3 on Stage 4 closed at 4:30 pm earlier in the day.  The remaining competitors are on their way to CP4 which closes at midnight. Please note that satellites are making outside communication difficult today, but we hope to get another update very shortly.

Stage 4: Breaking News 4

Wed, 3 May 2017 at 14:04

This just in: Kirsten Althoff of Germany has passed CP5 at 14:22.  Jay Wong of Hong Kong has withdrawn before CP1.  Jay is disappointed but doing fine.

Stage 4: Breaking News 3

Wed, 3 May 2017 at 12:46

Mo Foustok of Saudi Arabia has just passed CP5 at 12:45 in first place. He is in great spirits.

Stage 4: Breaking News 2

Wed, 3 May 2017 at 11:03

All 93 competitors started today at 8am. There have been no withdrawals yet since the start of the race.

 It is going to be a very hot day with temperatures up to 45c as well as a hot easterly wind. It's an 80.8km day with the overnight at 42 km just over halfway point.

At camp people were apprehensive but excited. Miguel Sagastume of Guatemala was worried about his knee but will go on one checkpoint at a time.

Stage 4: Breaking News 1

Sat, 15 October 2016 at 00:00

The next edition of the Sahara Race (Namibia) starts on 30 April 2017.

Breaking News for Stage 4 of the Sahara Race (Namibia) 2017 will be posted on Weds, 3 May.

Stage 5: Breaking News 5

Fri, 5 May 2017 at 19:00

Stage 5 concluded at 6:30pm when the final competitor, Ryu Sungho from South Korea crossed the finisline in Torra Bay Camp.  77 competitors have completed the Sahara Race (Namibia) 2017.   Competitors are resting / relaxing at the campsite by the ocean knowing that they have just 10km / 6 miles left to complete tomorrow before they cross the final finishline of the race. 

The full results up to Stage 5 are available on the website: http://www.4deserts.com/sahararace/results

One of the best comments was about the variety of the scenery.  Carolina Monaci from Italy.  She has seen the Sahara Desert a few times but says that the race in Namibia was so different it summed up many emotions and feelings.

Blogs written after Stage 5 and a stage update are available now.

Blogs and the Stage Update will be available soon.

 

Stage 5: Breaking News 4

Fri, 5 May 2017 at 14:30

Competitors are doing very well on Stage 5.  At 14:30, five hours after the race started, checkpoint 2 has closed.  The last competitor, Paul Bao, did not meet the cut-off time and has not been allowed to continue.  Ryu Sungho from South Korea is currently the last competitor.  Checkpoint 3 has had 60 competitors through.

At Camp 6, 33 people have arrived and completed Stage 5.  The most recent to arrive were Kristinet Starck from South Africa (taking 7th place for the women today), Tom Sperry from the USA and Stephen McCullough from the UK / Singapore. 

The placings for the women so far today are:

1st Kirsten Althoth from German arrived at 12:40 in 8th position overall

2nd Riitta Hanninen from Finland

3rd Carolina Monaci from Italy

4th Martina Hessling from Germany

5th Alexandra Da Rosa from Hong Kong

6th Marina Lazic from Serbia

7th Kristinet Starck from South Africa

Kirsten said that she loved the day up on the dunes but felt a bit sad that after today it is nearly over.  She ran in together with Rafael Fuchsgruber from Germany.

Felix Allen is excited to have come first on one stage and Tobias Verwey is hoping that his performance today may have put him back in the Top 10 overall.

Everyone loved the dunes which they did in perfect temperatures.  30C with a cool breeze off the ocean - all be it a head wind. 

Stage 5: Breaking News 3

Fri, 5 May 2017 at 12:15

The first five competitors have completed the 40.4km Stage 5 - the Dune Day.  The first reached Camp 5 at Torra Bay at 11:53am - 3 hours and 23  minutes after the start.

1st place - Felix Allen from the UK

2nd place - Jovica Spajic from Serbia & Mo Foustok from Saudi Arabia

4th place - Iulian Rotariu from Romania

5th place - Tobias Verwey from Namibia

So far the top 5 have passed the adhoc kit check at Camp and are now relaxing at the Camp beside the beach back on the Skeleton Coast.

Further back in the race checkpoint 1 closed at 10am with Paul Bao the last one to pass through.  Everyone is doing well through Checkpoint 2 and 3.

Stage 5: Breaking News 2

Fri, 5 May 2017 at 11:03

Stage 5 began earlier than usual at 7:30 am to take advantage of cooler morning temperatures. Today's stage takes competitors across small dunes or "dunettes" to larger dunes towards the coastline over 40.4 kilometers.  Stage 5 is appropriately called Dune Day.  Temperatures are expected to be cooler than the 45C heat competitors experienced on Stage 4.  Competitors will be treated with a shower at camp today.

Stage 5: Breaking News 1

Sat, 15 October 2016 at 00:00

The next edition of the Sahara Race (Namibia) starts on 30 April 2017.

Breaking News for Stage 5 of the Sahara Race (Namibia) 2017 will be posted on Thurs, 4 May and Fri, 5 May 2017.

Stage 6: Breaking News 3

Sat, 6 May 2017 at 16:29

Stage 6 was a split start by 30mins in two batches: 8 am and 8:30 to provide some competitors with more time.

The fastest was Iulian Rotariu of Romania in about 39 mins followed by Felix Allen of the United Kingdom 5 mins behind to just maintain his lead u take 3rd place overall.

There were lots of tears at the finish line. Rafael Sampaio of Brazil was particularly emotional being here at his first race to follow in the footsteps of his father Mario. Rodrigo, also from Brazil, has dreamed of this moment for 3 years.

A local meat (and vegetarian option) stew was served at the finish line with melon and beers. Competitors then experienced some bus delays before heading to Swakopmund.

Mo Foustok of Saudi Arabia and Kirsten Althoff of Germany are the Sahara Race 2017 champions.

 

Stage 6: Breaking News 2

Sat, 6 May 2017 at 05:37

Stage 6, the final stage, gets underway in just a few hours.  Competitors will depart in two groups:  one group at 8:00 am and the second group at 8:30 am.  The distance is only 10 kilometers and competitors will be treated to African music, food, soft drinks and beer at the finish line.  Stage 6 will conclude by 11 am.  Competitors will then take a 2 - 3 hour bus ride to return to Swakupmond. 

Stage 6: Breaking News 1

Sat, 15 October 2016 at 00:00

The next edition of the Sahara Race (Namibia) starts on 30 April 2017.

Breaking News for Stage 6 of the Sahara Race (Namibia) 2017 will be posted on Sat, 6 May 2017.