RacingThePlanet: Namibia 2009

RacingThePlanet is an international 4 Desert endurance footrace with contestants of over 20 different countries. Every year the event moves to a new location for the fifth race, this year this rough country endurance footrace will be held in southern Namibia, the race spans over a seven-day period with six-stages and some 250-kilometers in total, a maximum distance of 40km per day.

Atacama Desert crossing in Chile - March 29, 2009
Beyond Namibia - May 17, 2009
Gobi Desert in China - June 14, 2009
Sahara Desert Race in Egypt - October 25, 2009
The last Desert, Antarctica - November 29, 2010

Competitors will fly into the capital city, Windhoek and then travel to the south of the country to the town of Keetmanshoop for the start of the race. The race will be across soft sand, stone, mountain ranges in and around the Fish River Canyon (second largest canyon in the world) and come to an end in the town L├╝deritz after braving some 30+ foot Namib sand dunes.

This tough footrace will test the endurance of all the competitors, they have to carry all their own equipment over the course of the footrace, water will be supplied at selected water point’s en-route. At the end of each stage competitors will all overnight at the same venue, a massive open-air campsite with hot log fires, up to ten people will share a tent every night, their home away from home. Medical personal will be on standby for the duration of the race.

Pre-race updates from Namibia will start Thursday May 14, 2009 with the official start of stage one May 17th, 2009. Visit the 4 Deserts website if you want to signup for live field updates:

By clicking on the map of Namibia you can access the different race stages: