Atacama Crossing 2011
• The Atacama Crossing (Chile) is part of the 4 Deserts series which was named by TIME magazine as #2 on its list of the Top 10 Endurance Competitions in the world.
• The entire race will be held at least 1.6 kilometers / 1 mile above sea level and cover the distance required to make a horizontal crossing of the country of Chile (250 kilometers).
• The day time temperatures expected are 32 Celsius / 90 Fahrenheit, while nighttime temperatures may drop to 10 degrees Celsius / 50 degrees Fahrenheit or lower.
• More than thirty-five (35) countries are expected to be represented in the Atacama Crossing (Chile) 2011 including competitors from Brazil, France, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland.
• During the Atacama Crossing (Chile) 2011, competitors, volunteers and staff will consume more than 14,000 liters of water over the seven days of the event.
• RacingThePlanet will be using Bedouin style tents specially made in Egypt for the Atacama Crossing (Chile) 2011.
• Competitors will be required to pass through up to 30 checkpoints throughout the seven-day event.
Racing The Planet
Racing The Planet is a unique category of rough country footraces that take place over seven days and some 250 kilometers in remote and culturally rich locations around the world. Competitors must carry all their own equipment and food, are only provided with water and a place in a tent each day but are supported by professional medical and operations teams. RacingThePlanet is international; the events typically involve competitors from over 20 different countries who are able to mingle around the campfires and in their geographically mixed tents. Currently the events consist of the 4 Deserts, a series which encompasses the Gobi Desert in China, the Atacama Desert of Chile, the Sahara Desert in Egypt and Antarctica, and a fifth event which roves to a new location each year.
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