Gobi March (China) 2017 is a 7-day, 250-kilometer / 155-mile self-supported footrace. It takes place in Hami region in the eastern part of Xinjiang Province in China in the area of the Ancient Silk Road. The 250 kilometer / 155 mile course is the most diversified course of the 4 Deserts Race Series combining a cooler weather mountain trail race and a hot desert race. It follows the Tian Shan Mountains, one of the largest mountain ranges in Asia, and crosses the mountain range on Stage 2. It takes competitors through Alpine scenery, pastures and yurt villages, river beds, sand dunes, rough Gobi terrain and the sandy Black Gobi Desert famous for its huge stunning sandstone formations. Competitors will also get to experience the colourful culture of the Uyghur, Kazak and Hui ethnic groups who live along the course. More information about the race is available at www.4deserts.com/gobimarch
Entry pp from R / USD: $3,700
http://www.4deserts.com/blogs/gm_comptetior_blog.php?pid=MjYwNg==&blog=131Team Asma:" In case there was any ever doubt, I’m delighted to announce that Team Asma’I has broken the back of the Gobi March: we smashed the long stage, finishing this morning at 8am after 80 km, 24 hours, multiple emotional breakdowns and temperatures in the mid 40sC ......" http://www.4deserts.com/blogs/gm_comptetior_blog.php?pid=MjY2NQ==&blog=131Mike: "Started at 8am and completed 50 miles 11hrs and 37mins later. Finished in 16th place for the stage feeling physically and emotionally drained. Absolutely nothing left. Everything I had left out in that desert......."http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/the-running-blog/2014/jul/15/-sp-running-gobi-march-ultramarathon-chinaThe Guardian: "My race started on the fourth day. We’d already run 70 miles over three stages - through the stifling heat of the Gobi Desert; scrambling down and up countless dry riverbeds worn into the parched, hauntingly desolate landscape....."http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/the-running-blog/2014/jul/15/-sp-running-gobi-march-ultramarathon-china(2014)Watching competitors stagger around camp like zombies in the mornings – nursing sore knees, blistered feet or unmentionable chafing – was comic at times. But there's a reason people put themselves through this kind of painhttp://www.philippegatta.fr/gobimarch2.htm(2014)The Gobi March is a 250 km (155 miles) running race which takes place in the Gobi desert, around Kashgar. Kashgar is on the western part of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China, near the border with Tajikistan. There are 6 stages in 7 days: almost 4 Marathons in 4 days, then 75 km, a rest day and a final stage of 16 km.