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Live Media Coverage

There is a fast growing global community interested in the RacingThePlanet Ultramarathon series - not only friends, family, supporters and former competitors, but also a fanbase of people inspired by the dream of one day competing. To keep up with the demands of this expanding community, we are constantly developing our media capabilities.

The RacingThePlanet Ultramarathon staff use a combination of satellite and mobile communications to distribute content from the races to our website and to broadcasters around the world. During each stage of the race we post hourly updates to the website about race leaders and individual competitors. We also post daily video highlights captured of staff, volunteers and competitors.  Social media sites updated include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube.

At least 150 photographs are uploaded daily from the race capturing the locations, highlights and spirit of the event. Daily videos are uploaded as well. We also distribute daily features about competitors and the locations as well as stage updates on the race website. Overall positions and timings are logged on the website as soon as possible after the last competitor crosses the finish line of each stage.

Valued Volunteers

RacingThePlanet: Georgia 2020 will have many world class volunteers and medical staff that support competitors during the event. These volunteers and medical staff are carefully selected from around the world to ensure a variety of nationalities, language abilities, fitness levels and general experiences working in harsh conditions. Approximately five applications are received for every available volunteer position.

Footprints Only

Catering to the needs of the competitors in RacingThePlanet: Georgia 2020 and making sure that we leave no trace of our presence is an important part of putting on the RacingThePlanet Ultramarathon. Fortunately, our competitors are overwhelmingly attentive to this matter and make this task as easy for us as possible. We institute a system of time penalties for any competitor seen littering. Sweepers also follow behind the final competitors removing course markers and remaining litter from the ground. This is the best way to protect the unique landscape and precious wildlife.

Life Around The Campfire

The campfire is an integral part of the RacingThePlanet Ultramarathon. Nurtured and tended by our local staff, who keep a constant kettle of water boiling, the fire could be counted as the greatest luxury. After a hard day in the wilderness, there is nothing quite like the camaraderie and comfort provided by the fire. An opportunity to meet fellow competitors, swap tips, marvel at some of the ingenious meals being prepared and ease sore limbs. Before competitors awake in the morning the fire is rekindled and the kettle boiled for breakfast - a blissful cup of tea or coffee and a bowl of porridge are perennial favourites to savour as the sun rises.

Pink Flags

A course team works around the clock to mark the 250-kilometer course, employing small pink flags and large handmade checkpoint flags to make the course as visible as possible. At night, reflective tape and bright green glow sticks are used as back up markers. The materials for the flags are imported from the United States. The large flags that are placed before each checkpoint are handmade by a famous sailmaker in Hong Kong.

Checkpoints

Checkpoints are spaced at approximately 10 kilometer intervals, with the final checkpoint of the day being the finish line and campsite. At each checkpoint, competitors are supplied with 1.5 litres of water, shade, a place to rest and encouragement for the next section ahead by staff and volunteers.  Checkpoints are staffed by at least one member of the management team, volunteers and a medical doctor. The checkpoints are fully dismantled once all competitors and the team of sweepers have passed. No trace of the checkpoints will be left behind.