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1: What is RacingThePlanet: Georgia, The Great Caucasus?

RacingThePlanet: Georgia, The Great Caucasus is a 250 kilometer / 155 mile, 7-day, 6-stage, self-supported foot race which will take place in the foothills of the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia starting on 30 August 2020. The race is organised by RacingThePlanet which is renowned for its annual 4 Deserts Ultramarathon Series: Gobi March (China/Mongolia), Atacama Crossing (Chile), Namib Race (Namibia) and The Last Desert (Antarctica) which have been taking place since 2003. RacingThePlanet: Georgia 2020 is part of the RacingThePlanet Ultramarathon series which is an annual race that takes place in a new location each year. The first RacingThePlanet Ultramarathon took place in Vietnam in 2008, followed by Namibia in 2009, Australia in 2010, Nepal in 2011, Jordan in 2012, Iceland in 2013, Madagascar in 2014, Ecuador in 2015, Sri Lanka in 2016, Patagonia in 2017 and New Zealand in 2019.

2: What is the format of RacingThePlanet: Georgia, The Great Caucasus?

The RacingThePlanet Ultramarathon series, organised by RacingThePlanet, follows the same format as the prestigious 4 Deserts Ultramarathons. They are 250 kilometer / 155 mile, 7-day, 6-stage endurance footraces through the most stunning and culturally rich places on earth. The events are self-supported which means that competitors must carry all their own equipment and food, but are provided with water and a place in a tent each day, and are supported by professional medical and operations teams. The format is very similar to the Tour de France and Dakar Rally, except by foot and self-supported.

3: Why was Georgia chosen as the location for the RacingThePlanet Ultramarathon in 2020?

We always seek to find geographically stunning, diverse and unspoiled locations that are rich in culture. The gem of the Caucasus, Georgia, fits this profile perfectly. It is one of the most ecologically, culturally and historically diverse places in the world, located at the crossroads of Europe and Asia!

4: Do I have to complete one or more of the 4 Deserts events first?

The RacingThePlanet Ultramarathon series is completely separate from the 4 Deserts, although it is organised by the same company and follows the same format. You do not need to complete a 4 Deserts event in order to take part in RacingThePlanet: Georgia 2020 - anyone may apply for a place in a 4 Deserts or RacingThePlanet ultramarathon. However, the RacingThePlanet Ultramarathon does not count towards qualification for The Last Desert (Antarctica).

5: Do I need to qualify to take part?

There is no qualification race but you need to prove that you are healthy and fit by submitting a medical form with information on your fitness level, and a doctor's certificate two months before the event.

6: Who typically competes in a 4 Deserts or RacingThePlanet Ultramarathon?

Our competitors are made up of a diverse group of people brought together by one common goal: to complete the 250 kilometers / 155 miles of the race. They are typically high achievers who believe in maximizing every opportunity in life. Many are working professionals who often work full time, some have families, and many do a lot of community service -- all lead a healthy lifestyle. The range of professions of our competitors includes medical doctors, professors, investment bankers, small business owners, actors/actresses, entrepreneurs, stay-at-home moms and dads, journalists, students, top athletes and coaches, military personnel and managers. We have many father/son, father/daughter, mother/son, husband/wife and brother/sister competitors. The events are international with approximately 40 countries represented in each race. Typically, 25% of the competitors are women, and 75% percent men. We have also had many blind competitors and even an amputee!

7: How much time do I need to complete the race?

You need to reserve nine days for the event, plus traveling time to the host town / city. You should arrive two days before the start of the event and you are free to leave any time after the event finishes but make sure not to miss the fun part, the Awards Banquet. Have a look at the full itinerary.

8: I don't think I can run 250 kilometers / 155 miles, can I still make the cut-off times?

The event is set up to allow for generous cut-off times. Approximately 20% of competitors will run most of the course, 60% combine running with walking, and 20% will walk the entire course. If you can complete 40 kilometers / 25 miles in 8-10 hours then you will be able to meet the cut-off times.

9: How much training is required?

Our competitors are busy people - we don't expect them to train all the time, but a minimum amount of training is expected. Many complete the event with minimal training, some want to win and thus train a lot. Each competitor has his or her own goal. We simply want people to finish. 

10: How far in advance do I need to sign up?

The 4 Deserts and RacingThePlanet Ultramarathons are very popular - some of the races sell out more than one year in advance. We recommend that prospective competitors complete an online registration as early as possible. Places are confirmed upon receipt of the deposit payment. The number of competitors for each event is limited to 150 - 250 competitors depending on the event. Once the event is full, all new applications will be put on the waiting list.