Outdoors Magazine

2011 Gobi March Begins This Weekend

Posted on the 24 June 2011 by Kungfujedi @Kungfujedi
2011 Gobi March Begins This Weekend
This weekend is turning out to be a good one for endurance athletes. Not only do we have an exceptional adventure race in Colorado and the Western States 100 in California, halfway around the world another group of ultrarunners are preparing to set out on the 2011 edition of the Gobi March, a 250km (155 mile) trek through the Gobi Desert.
The annual race, which is part of the 4 Deserts series of ultramarathons, is set to be another grueling affair this year. Race officials were out on the course yesterday and reported that temperatures were around 42ºC (107ºF) and conditions are expected to remain warm after the race gets underway on Sunday.
At the moment, the competitors are all arriving at the Turpan Basin, a remote region of China that is known to be very dry and hot. This year's route will take them through Aydingkol Lake, which sits 155 meters (508 feet) below sea level and is the farthest point from any ocean on the planet. This year there are 152 athletes, from 30 countries, taking part in the Gobi March. Over the course of the six stages and seven days of racing, they'll be completely self supported while out on the course.
One of the competitors in the 2011 Gobi March is a friend of mine. His name is Wouter Kingma and he'll be taking part in his first ever ultra-event, although he has run plenty of marathons in the past. Wouter is a well known and respected professional photographer who has often attending these kinds of events in a official capacity to take photographs, but this time he'll be on the other side of the lens. He is running to raise money for the ABC Children's Aid Uganda, an organization that works hard to help children in Uganda who are orphaned due to AIDS/HIV or armed conflict.
I want to wish Wouter and all the competitors good luck in this fantastic event.

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Long Walk 2018 – T Minus 3 Days

    Long Walk 2018 Minus Days

    T minus 3 days till the Great Long Walk of 2018 takes place. This year I’ll be walking from the tip of Cape Cod to the Sagamore Bridge at the base of the Cape... Read more

    The 24 September 2018 by   Wendythomas
  • Free CBD Vape Oil Sample : Pure CBD Oil, Miracle Drop, CBD Oil Benefits

    Free Vape Sample Pure Oil, Miracle Drop, Benefits

    Share This PostFree CBD Vape Oil Sample : Everything You Need To Know About Cannabidiol – 100% Pure CBD Oil, Miracle Drop Benefits – Now Available!... Read more

    The 24 September 2018 by   Tomkey
  • Stop Reading ‘How-To Raise Your Kids’ Articles. Midlife Margaritas Guide to...

    Stop Reading ‘How-To Raise Your Kids’ Articles. Midlife Margaritas Guide Raising Kids.

    I am a big fan of websites like “Grown And Flown” and “Scary Mommy”. They are filled with smart, funny and insightful articles about all the Mommy stages raisin... Read more

    The 24 September 2018 by   Midlifemargaritas
  • Favorite Movie #53: Bell, Book, and Candle

    Favorite Movie #53: Bell, Book, Candle

    Favorite movies that have had an impact on me - #53 - Bell, Book, and Candle (1958) - A middle-aged Jimmy Stewart may seem a strange choice for a romantic... Read more

    The 24 September 2018 by   Xoxoxoe
  • Magiczne Miasta: Włocławek Was 70 Not Out – I Have Visited 70 Places in Poland

    Magiczne Miasta: Włocławek Have Visited Places Poland

    “Someday you will find me, caught beneath the landslide; in a champagne supernova in the sky” – Noel Gallagher. Magiczne Miasta: Włocławek was 70 Not Out –... Read more

    The 24 September 2018 by   Northernirishmaninpoland
  • Wild Wood

    Here is Wild Wood! Wild Wood. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee This painting was inspired by a photo my friend took on Wildwood Trail, a... Read more

    The 24 September 2018 by   Artbycedar
  • Video of the Week: Brahma Mudra

    Video Week: Brahma Mudra

    This version of Brahma mudra is a practice that includes both sound and movements of your head and neck. Practicing this mudra has practical benefits for the... Read more

    The 24 September 2018 by   Ninazolotow