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Stage Race (definition):
A Stage Race is a foot race that takes place over more than one day – or stage.
They typically cover between two and six stages, and often involve the runner carrying all required food, clothing and equipment with them while they run. Some stage races provide food and shelter at the end of each day, while others have a higher degree of self-sufficiency.
Given there are so many stage races with different formats and elements, it’s a wide field to try and categorise. Stage races are sometimes referred to as multi-stage races.
STAGE RACE BLOGS – TIPS, ADVICE AND RACE REPORTS
The Stage Race Handbook is my all-new book: it is a comprehensive guide on how to train, prepare for and complete multi-day races like the 4 Deserts series and Marathon des Sables. I've spent months writing it and putting it all together, and had help from a group of...read more
Having a good equipment list is a key part of stage race preparation, whether you are running a self-supported race like MdS or one of the 4 Deserts races, or a supported one such as the Global Limits races. I find that by far the best way to track my equipment when...read more
One of the biggest challenges of a stage race is getting the right backpack. Here I explore what your criteria should be, how to test a good backpack and give some recommendations based on experience. A stage race is a race over two or more days, and they are...read more
Gaiters are designed to prevent sand, dirt and other debris from entering your shoe. They fix onto your shoes and come in a few different designs. Gaiters are certainly not required for every type of race - however, if you are venturing into the desert (Marathon...read more
The Global Limits 'Last Secret' race is a six-stage 200km race through the unique kingdom of Bhutan. Here, Colin Harper shares his epic account of the race in the Land of Happiness . . . (Warning: ultra-length post ahead!) The Global Limits series of stage races...read more
Stage races (also called multi-stage races) are completely different animals from regular, one-day races. Be it the Marathon des Sables, a 4 Deserts race or any of the other stage races popping up, you have to be able to run well over several days - which takes a lot...read more
A Stage race is a foot race that takes place over more than one day - or stage. They typically cover between two and six stages. Given there are so many stage races with different formats and elements, it’s a wide field to try and categorise. So here is a brief...read more
Ash Mokhtari has run the 4 Deserts 'Atacama Crossing' 250km stage race every year since 2009. Here, he talks about the otherworldly setting of the event, challenging personal boundaries and what to expect when you head to the driest place on earth . . . The Atacama...read more
Looking for a multi-day adventure race in a far flung destination? Here's our pick of the best stage races in the world right now . . . The Marathon des Sables is the forerunner in this category - and easily the most popular. The race calls itself “an extraordinary...read more
Brendan Funk is the youngest person to complete Racing The Planet’s 6-day, 250km Antarctica adventure race. Here is his full account of his journey through Antarctica. Note: long form article ahead! The ‘4 Deserts’ Series of multi-day adventure races takes place...read more
The Marathon Des Sables is a 250km self-supported race across the Sahara desert. Now with over 1200 entrants each year, the event is the biggest of it's kind on the planet. Participants usually train for months to condition their bodies and prepare for the race -...read more
In September 2016 I ran the inaugural edition of the ' The Way of Legends ' stage race through Northern Spain. Steeped in local history, culture and gastronomy, this fantastically-supported event is a first-class example of boutique ultra-running, and is set to...read more