Gobi March Over!

The 2007 Gobi March came to an end over the weekend after six grueling stages through the Gobi Desert. The ultramarathon was over 250km in length and lasted a week, with 185 competitors from 23 countries taking part in the event.

The over all winner this year was Mark Tamminga with Stephen Hilton and Lucy Brooks tied for second place. Lucy claimed the top spot of the Women’s devision as well. The final stage of the race was a mere 20km in length (compared to the 80 the day before), and ended with the last 10km running through the maze like streets of Kashgar, past a statue of Chairman Mao, and ending near the Id-Kah Mosque, an ancient monument of the city.

This is the first of the 4 Deserts series from RacingThePlanet.com. Next up we’ll have the Atacama Crossing starting in August, which will have a similar stage race format and will take place in the wilds of the Atacama Desert in Chile.

Kraig Becker

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