After spending 7 days running 155 miles through the desert, sleeping in a tent and eating dehydrated food having not showered for the week racers are usually excited for a burgers, pizzas, beers and showers but above all it is often their families that they miss the most.


Many friends and family run the race together, or join the same race – completing the course at their own pace and then sharing a tent each night. Some friends/family decide to join the volunteer team who tirelessly support the race staff to ensure a safe and enjoyable race.


However if running (or walking) in the race or volunteering is not for you, (perhaps you don’t think that you can survive the week without a shower) you can still be part of the race to share a small part of the RacingThePlanet Experience.


1. Friends & Family Experience at the Final Camp

2. See Your Friends & Family Cross the Final Finish line

    > Add a separate trip to see the country instead or in addition to being part of the race



    Come to the final camp and join the last stage of the race as part of the Friends & Family Experience. Sleep in a tent, eat freeze dried meals and have the option of either running / walking the final stage of less than 20km / 12 miles or being taken to the finish line to see them finish.

    The Friend/Family option includes

    •  2 nights in a hotel (the 2nd is shared with your friend / family)
    •  Transportation to and from course and the host town
    •  Tented accommodation for one night
    •  2 x freeze dried meals (dinner and breakfast)
    •  Awards Banquet ticket



    Day 1 – Thursday

    • Arrive in Host Town and overnight at 4-star hotel

    Day 2 – Friday

    • Meet guide / driver and other friends & family and leave fo Camp 6 – stop for lunch
    • Arrive Camp 6 enjoy your first Expedition Foods meal with your friend / family member(s)
    • Overnight in Camp 6 in the friends / family tents

    Day 3 – Saturday

    • Expedition Foods meal for breakfast with your friend / family member
    • May participate in the last stage (less than 20km / 12 miles) and cross the finish line with your loved one or travel to the finish line to meet your friend / family cross the finish line
    • Enjoy finish line festivities with your friend / family member
    • Ride in bus back to the Host Town with your friend / family
    • Join the Awards Banquet
    • Overnight at 4-star hotel, sharing a room with your friend / family


    Friends & Family in Antarctica

    It is also possible to join as a Friend / Family for The Last Desert in Antarctica, however for this race you will be part of the entire expedition leaving from Ushuaia in Argentina for 10 days. Antarctica is a very special place that most will only go to once (if that) and we know that a special place like this may want to be shared with your close family (or friends). Friends / family members can share a cabin with the racer but during each stage they will have the choice to any or all of the below:

    •  Take part in “normal” Antarctica activities including penguin watching, zodiac cruises, snow shoeing and visiting the only Post Office in Antarctica
    •  Cheer on the racers, help the staff with race management and complete some of course on foot
    •  Relax on board the expedition ship to enjoy the beautiful views from the warmth and comfort of the ship.



    For some, even one night in a tent is more than they can imagine, and you may prefer to wait until the end to see your friend / family member cross the final finish line and share in that triumphant moment and even present their medal.

    In some races the final finish line is easily accessible and just a short trip from the host town, in other races this can be somewhat further – up to 4 hours travel from the host town. You are also most welcome to join us for the Awards Banquet on the Saturday night after the race but will need to purchase a ticket.

    Perhaps you some travel of your own arranged while your friend / family is running through the desert or you have some planned together afterwards for a special trip. 



    If you are planning some additional travel before or after the race together with your friend/ family or during the race on your own, we will provide a few suggestions of itineraries and can also arrange all the logistics if you would like.


    Some examples include a safari in Namibia, horse-back trekking in Mongolia, a 4WD trip across the salt pans and volcanoes of Bolivia close to the Atacama Desert in Chile.


    If you have any questions about the RacingThePlanet Experiences for Friends & Family you can contacts us at

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