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Race Coverage

Race Coverage

The Stage Updates below are from the 2018 edition of the race. The first Stage Update for the Namib Race 2019 will be added in April 2019 when the race starts.


Sahara Race 2018 LIVE: 29 April - 5 May 2018
Skeleton Coast, Namibia

"I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke that I was not happy." Anonymous

Competitors arrived in Swakopmund on Thursday and Friday, many visiting Africa for the first time.  Competitors were most intrigued by Swakopmund, a coastal city in Namibia, west of the capital, Windhoek. Its sandy beaches face the Atlantic Ocean. Established by German colonists in 1892, the city’s colonial landmarks include the Swakopmund Lighthouse and the Mole, an old sea wall.

Many competitors reunited with friends, and many made new friends.  The general discussion was gear and expected weight of the backpack. The topic of weather came up frequently.  In all, spirits were high.

Saturday morning saw an hour-long briefing on everything from checkpoints to camp rules to race etiquette. Competitors then shuffled through various stations to collect passports, to review medical forms and  to have their gear and food inspected.

Soon lunch was made available and competitors boarded buses en route to Camp 1, close to the Skeleton Coast and deep in the oldest desert on Earth -- the Namib.

Competitors arrived at camp and quickly got situated in their respective tents before having a final dinner before an early rest.  Some competitors managed to visit the CyberTent to send blogs and emails or read emails from family, friends and colleagues.  Competitor Matt Burke put it bluntly: "Hello all! We made it to the start line today around 4pm. If I had one word to describe this campsite then it would ‘windy’! But beautiful desert all around us."

Overall a good start to the first race of 4 Deserts Ultramarathon Series 2018.

Tomorrow's Stage 1 will start at 9 am with a distance of 43 kilometers (or 25.5 miles). 

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