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  • What are you waiting for?
    After witnessing Atacama Crossing 2014 it is surely a must for anyone who's not already been, and an absolute desire to return for anyone that has. 349 days and counting until the next edition...
    Last Updated: Oct 20, 2014
  • Fundacion Amigos de Jesus: Making a real difference
    The 4 Deserts is proud to be supporting the Fundacion Amigos de Jesus through the 10th Anniversary edition of the Atacama Crossing. Read about Event Director Alina Prendiville's visit to the foundation, which provides services for 70 people with disabilities.
    Last Updated: Oct 19, 2014
  • Atacama Crossing Champions
    Double Olympian Chema Martinez of Spain takes overall victory at Atacama Crossing 2014. An amazing effort by Hong Kong based Emily Woodland lead her to victory in the women's category and an overall finish of 5th place!
    Last Updated: Oct 13, 2014
  • Stage 6 of the Atacama Crossing has concluded
    Celebrations at the San Pedro town square were a perfect conclusion for the Atacama Crossing 2014. Read more updates on Stage 6 and the finish line celebrations..
    Last Updated: Oct 11, 2014
  • Updates from the 10th Anniversary of the Atacama Crossing
    Congratulations to all competitors who finished The Long March! Review updates from 'the hardest day ever' and post-stage celebrations, including blogs, results, stage updates, photos are videos...
    Last Updated: Oct 11, 2014
  • Chema Martinez Fernandez wins The Long March
    Spain's Chema Martinez Fernandez is the winner of The Long March at the 10th Anniversary Atacama Crossing, finishing the stage in a time of 7:55:24. Many competitors are still out on the course. Read more from the Stage Update...
    Last Updated: Oct 10, 2014
  • The Long March
    The Long March (Stage 5) starts in a few hours and the competition between the top places is getting fierce. Now is a good time to take a look at the standings so far as well as updates, photos and videos...
    Last Updated: Oct 08, 2014
  • Stage 4 is now complete
    Jose Manuel (Chema) Martinez and Emily Woodland capture their fourth consecutive stage
    Last Updated: Oct 08, 2014
  • Fastest Women team up for the Atacamenos Trail
    The challenging Stage 3 was the toughest one for many so far. Woodland and Simpson crossed the finish hand in hand where as Lehner made great progress and is now in second place. Latest results and stage coverage are available now...
    Last Updated: Oct 07, 2014
Top Women
The women’s division at this year’s Atacama Crossing has been nothing less than
Course Director: Hernan Garcia
The course director plays a vital role in a 4 Deserts race. This past week, ther
Best of the Blogs
It’s that time of the race where we peer into the cyber-landscape of the Atacama
The Winning Team
The Spanish team Corre 1Km+ put in a tremendous effort here in the Atacama this
The Grand Slammers
At the end of The Long March, we rove the campsite to check in on the emotions f
Boyd Matson: Reflections on the Atacama Crossing 2004
Renowned National Geographic anchor Boyd Matson was a competitor in the inaugura
The Bonds of the Atacama
The Bonds have moved through their own immense challenges in life, and have come
The Halfway Point
In the six 4 Deserts races that Karen Wei has pushed her body and mind through,
Ashacama: The Atacama Repeat Offender
Of all the 4 Deserts races that Ashkan Mokhtari has run in (and at 16 races in t
Mind Over Matter
Among the varied reasons why people decide to enter 250-kilometer desert races,
  • Pre-Race
    Pre-Race Update: October 4 2014   There was an air of excitement and energy pervading the quaint town of San Pedro de Atac...
  • Stage 1
    Stage 1 Update: 5 October 2014 Chema Fernandez and Emily Woodland Win Stage 1   The Spanish double Olympian, Jose Ma...
  • Stage 2
    Stage 2 Update: 6 October 2014 Frontrunners Sustain Lead In The Slot Canyons Jose Manuel (Chema) Martinez of Spain has kep...
  • Stage 3
    Stage 3 Update: 7 October 2014 The Challenging Atacamenos Trail The Spanish double Olympian, Jose Manuel (Chema) Martinez, h...
  • Stage 4
    Stage 4 Update: 8 October 2014 Front of the Race Tightens Amid The Infamous Salt Flats Jose Manuel (Chema) Martinez Fernande...
  • Stage 5
    Stage 5 Update Part 2: 10 October 2014 Festive Atmosphere at Final Campsite The Long March came to a close at 08:10 this m...
  • Stage 6
    Stage 6 Update: 11 October 2014   Chema Martinez Fernandez and Emily Woodland Win Atacama Crossing 2014   The tenth ...
  • Post-Race
    Post Race Update: 12 October 2014 The Awards Banquet   It was an evening of great celebration last night as the awards ...
The Guardian: Gobi March: five practical kit tips   July 16, 2014
Five things I learned running my first multi-stage ultramarathon - the 155-mile, seven day Gobi March.

The Guardian: The Gobi March ultra: a 155-mile, seven-day antidote to modern life   July 15, 2014
My race started on the fourth day. We’d already run 70 miles over three stages - through the stifling heat of the Gobi Desert; scrambling down and up ...

Ming Pao: SMEs develop oversea markets by Internet   April 19, 2013
Sharing the experience of the winning company - RacingThePlanet Ltd use Internet to expand overseas business.

DIE WELT: UBS-Hedgefonds-Managerin läuft 250-km-Marathon in der Wüste Gobi   April 23, 2013
More and more women from the financial sector participate in ultra-marathons.

SFGate: women go to extremes   April 22, 2013
Natalia Watkins, a 40-year-old Hong Kong-based executive for HSBC Holdings Plc (HSBA), knows about endurance.

Bloomberg: women go to extremes   April 22, 2013
Natalia Watkins, a 40-year-old Hong Kong-based executive for HSBC Holdings Plc (HSBA), knows about endurance.

An endurance ordeal by sand and in snow   December 5, 2012
Australia's Born To Run team has completed the Four Deserts Grand Slam, crossing the Sahara, Atacama, Gobi and Antarctic deserts together.

Pushed to the limit: The World's Toughest Endurance Challenges   November 28, 2012
While obesity rates soar in the developed world and we live an ever more sedentary lifestyle, the flip side to this health time bomb is the paradox th...

My Perfect Adventure: Dean Karnazes   December 12, 2012
The legendary ultramarathoner tells us why he blames his little habit on tequila, and that he’d be all in for a marathon in outer space—but also that ...

Adventure traveler Len Stanmore is not your average retiree   December 1, 2012
Millions of people dream of traveling more when they retire, but it’s a safe bet that few would approach their leisure years like Len Stanmore.


One of the few deserts on Earth that doesn't receive any rain. It is a plateau in South America, covering a 600-mile (1,000 km) strip of land on the Pacific coast of South America, west of the beautiful Andes mountains.


  • 25h 57m92  Martinez Fernandez, Jose Manuel
  • 30h 54m83  Lehner, Herbert
  • 31h 31m32  Cowan, Jonty
  • 31h 54m2  Allen, Felix
  • 34h 18m160  Woodland, Emily J.
  • 34h 35m88  Lledo Lopez, Andres
  • 34h 39m17  Borlinha, Paul
  • 34h 55m51  Gondek, Andrzej
  • 35h 09m154  Watkins, James
  • 35h 17m10  Begin, Claude
  • 35h 27m8  Basford, Darren
  • 36h 00m11  Begin, Jean-Francois
  • 36h 09m138  Simpson, Catherine
  • 36h 27m136  Sheahan, Ruthann
  • 36h 58m102  Mokhtari, Ashkan
  • 36h 59m57  Hennessy, Martin J.
  • 37h 00m9  Bech-Thomsen, Asger
  • 37h 31m125  Primdahl, Claus B.
  • 37h 47m98  Melanson, Simon A.
  • 38h 14m111  Nielsen, Janus N.
  • 38h 16m45  Gilgen, Michael
  • 38h 27m30  Conte, Alessandro
  • 38h 33m157  Wikiera, Marek
  • 38h 45m18  Bradshaw, Stephen
  • 38h 53m135  Shapland, Steven
  • 39h 14m68  Jackson, Ross E.
  • 39h 26m33  Cradick, Adam P.
  • 39h 37m114  Nunes, Sérgio
  • 39h 42m124  Pierrepont, Seth L.
  • 39h 53m126  Raumati, Inia
  • 39h 58m85  Lein, Frode
  • 40h 19m42  Foote, Brett A.
  • 40h 21m149  Trepa, Rob
  • 40h 45m100  Mills, Jonathan D.
  • 40h 48m141  Soffia, Gustavo
  • 41h 10m19  Breiter, Isis
  • 41h 31m31  Coups, Elliot
  • 41h 36m4  Aronson, Steven
  • 41h 51m150  Van der Westhuizen, Kristinet
  • 42h 10m29  Cohen, Mauricio
  • 42h 16m22  Calimano, Chris
  • 42h 24m144  Starck, Timo A.
  • 42h 40m147  Thomas, Michael C.
  • 42h 56m49  Goldman, Zachary
  • 43h 05m101  Mitchell, Paula
  • 43h 19m107  Muldoon, Warren
  • 43h 23m61  Humphries, Rhodri D.
  • 43h 45m152  Walker, Jason
  • 43h 52m81  Lee, Ho Yeon
  • 44h 38m140  Smith, Paul A.
  • 44h 55m69  Jang, Young Cho