PRE RACE UPDATE
Today is the last day before the Gobi March (Mongolia) 2018 starts! They had a race briefing, race-check-in (where all gear was checked, forms signed, doctors met and race items picked up) and after a final shower, meal, re-pack of their backpack, they boarded buses to leave for Camp 1 in the Mongolian Wilderness.
At the pre-race Briefing all participants were given reminders on rules, safety and information about the course and expected weather. A special congratulations went to Wong Ho Chung, Alice Lee and Celvin Tseng from Hong Kong who won awards at the annual Hong Kong Trail Running presentation last night (but could not attend being in Mongolia). Gunnar Nielsen from Norway was also given a special mention as he was at the very original Gobi March in 2003.
After a long journey from Ulaanbaatar on a bumpy road, all 232 competitors plus staff arrived at Camp 1 in the Ruins of Khar Bukhin Balgas Palace where the sun came out and Mongolia showed off it's beauty and wildness. They were welcomed from by local musicians and performers before competitors settled in to their new surroundings and meeting their tent mates for the week.
It got dark around 9:30pm. Camp 1 is now peaceful with competitors inside their tents sleeping / resting. Preparing themselves for the Gobi March (Mongolia) 2018 to start tomorrow. 40km / 25 miles lay in wait for Stage 1.
Tomorrow, Sunday 29 July, the race will get underway at 8am.
The competitive field includes Wataru Iino, 38, from Japan who is the 2017 winner of BadWater; Vicente Juan Garcia Beneito, 42, from Spain who was the 4 Deserts Champion in 2012 winning every 4 Deserts Race in the same year with some records still remaining as well as winning the Namib Race 2018; Wong Ho Chung, 31 from Hong Kong who was runner up in the Namib Race 2018.Others to watch include Kyle McCoy from the United States, Ben Fox from the United Kingdom / Hong Kong and Luke Atkins from Autralia.
For the women Isabelle Sauve, 42, from Canada, the Namib Race 2018 women’s champion ; Angela Zeah, 38 from Germany who is the Atacama Crossing 2017 women’s champion; and Chizuru Inoue, 45, from Japan are the favourites to win the race - but anything can happen! Others to watch include Fiona Glen from the United Kingdom, Amie Knoll-Pendleton from the United States.
Read more about the field in the feature "Who's Joing the Gobi March":
PHOTOS from Camp 1 (and check-in): https://www.4deserts.com/gobimarch/photos
BLOGS from Camp 1: https://www.4deserts.com/gobimarch/blogs
VIDEO from today: https://www.4deserts.com/gobimarch/videos
COURSE DETAILS to show tomorrows route: https://www.4deserts.com/gobimarch/course