Gobi March (Mongolia)

After a Week of Extremes, the Gobi March 2015 Concludes

17 Jun 2015 06:05
Jean-Loup Fenaux
After a Week of Extremes, the Gobi March 2015 Concludes with an All-American podium and All-Female Afghan Ultramarathon Team Making History [7 June 2015, Xinjiang, China] — An epic 12th edition of the Gobi March has drawn to a close in China’s far north eastern province of Xinjiang. It was a race of extremes with weather veering from a snow blizzard

Spanish Double Olympian Conquers Gobi March 2014

08 Jun 2014 11:20
Jean-Loup Fenaux
The Spanish double Olympian, Jose Manuel ‘Chema’ Martinez Fernandez, won the Gobi March 2014 today, arriving at the finish line by the spectacular shores of Xinjiang’s Sayram Lake. “I was so tired at camp [this morning],” said the 42-year-old. “I was cold and exhausted, but now I feel great!” This is the first 4 Deserts win for the legendary long-distance athlete—he

A Culturally Diverse Gobi March Kicks Off in Far-Western China

30 May 2014 14:00
Jean-Loup Fenaux
A remarkable race through one of the most culturally-diverse regions of China’s far northwest gets underway on June 1st as the Gobi March takes to the highest plateaus of the Gobi Desert. The 11th edition of the world-renowned, 250-kilometer rough country footrace will see competitors from 41 countries gathering at the starting line in Bortala region of the Western province of

Celebrating the Ten Year Anniversary of the Gobi March

21 May 2013 09:09
Jean-Loup Fenaux
The world-renowned Gobi March celebrates its 10th anniversary this June with a striking new course through one of China’s most fabled regions. Kicking off on Sunday, 2 June in the northwestern province of Xinjiang, competitors will embark on a 250-kilometer course through lands once ruled by Genghis Khan, an emperor simultaneously revered and feared by populations in Central Asia and China.

A Magical New Course Set to Celebrate 10 Years of the Gobi March

18 Feb 2013 06:34
Jean-Loup Fenaux
By Rachel Jacqueline After more than seven years of setting courses for RacingThePlanet, Pierre Beguin thought he had seen it all. But as he and event director Riitta Hanninen descended into Mysterious Rock Valley while plotting the 2013 Gobi March course, they knew they were about to set a new standard in the 4 Deserts series. “It’s full of bizarre rock

Second-straight victories for Garcia Beneito and Flammersfeld in stunning Gobi March 2012

19 Jun 2012 08:56
Jean-Loup Fenaux
Spain’s Vicente Garcia Beneito, 36, won the Gobi March 2012, earning his second-straight 4 Deserts victory in a time of 23:12:33. Garcia Beneito, winner of the Atacama Crossing 2012, never once relinquished his lead during the week-long, 250-km race. In the highly competitive women’s competition, German Anne-Marie Flammersfeld, 31, won her second-straight women’s event, leading the Gobi March 2012 from Stage

Three Women’s Champions Battle for the Top Spot at the Gobi March 2012

05 Jun 2012 06:17
Jean-Loup Fenaux
31 May 2012 Hong Kong – The world’s most well-known multi-stage footrace, the Gobi March 2012, will see 42 countries represented, including a record number of participants from across Asia. From Sunday, 10 June through Saturday, 16 June 2012, 163 competitors will participate in the six-stage, 250-kilometer self-supported footrace across the Gobi Desert as the Gobi March returns to the Kashgar