The 4 Deserts Races are the world’s most prestigious staged ultra series in the world, consisting of North Africa’s Sahara Race, China’s Gobi March, Chile’s Atacama Crossing and Antarctica’s Last Desert. Those adventurous enough to participate travel 250 kilometres in seven days with zero comforts of home. Who’s in charge of staging these fantastic events? A citizen of the world named Samantha Fanshawe. Her background, education and unabashed devotion to ultras uniquely qualify her for her job, but to Sam, it’s all in a day’s work.
The Sahara Race 2014 took place in the Badia region of Jordan this year. This year’s race moved out of Egypt and into Jordan for the first time in its nine-year history and ended in the historic city of Petra – one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Spanish double Olympian Jose Manuel ‘Chema’ Martinez Fernandez of Spain and British racer Emily Woodland came across the finish line of the Atacama Crossing 2014, earning gold medals for their efforts and bringing the 10th edition of the 250km footrace to a triumphant close.
Jose Manuel ‘Chema’ Martinez Fernandez and Isis Beriter emerged as champions for the Gobi March 2014, arriving at the finish line by the spectacular shores of Xinjiang’s Sayram Lake.