Race Information

Ultra Gobi is organized by Beijing Xingzhi Exploring company who organise sporting events and also work in tourism development in China. The vision and the goal of Xingzhi is to create one of the world’s premier ultra-races here in China. 2017 shall be the third instalment of Ultra Gobi.

We warmly welcome foreign visitors to both China and Gansu province. Few foreigners get a chance to come to this region of China and we would like to showcase it to the world. This race is limited to 50 people, with more than half of the places are reserved for Chinese runners, and so the foreign participants are extremely important to us, you are our guests and friends first and foremost. Participants of the previous two editions of Ultra Gobi can testy to that.

The information about the race is separated into a range of categories covering all the aspects of the race that we could think of. Please refer to individual categories within this menu. If you have any further questions, please consult our FAQ section, and also feel free to email us at ultragobi@exploring.cn.

Our organising team includes elite ultra-distance athletes who have also done the race themselves, and they can give you the runners’ perspective on the event. However, if you are thinking about signing up, but have doubts or reservations, we are happy to put you in touch with competitors who have done Ultra Gobi.



25th Participants meet in Beijing

26th Arrival in Dunhuang – race registration in race hotel
19:00 Race briefing

08:00 – 13:00 Equipment check
21:00 Buses leave for race start – camp near Ashoka Temple

00:00:00 Race starts from the ruins of Ashoka Temple


05:00 Cut-off time for the race, welcoming the last competitors at the finish
08:00 Runners – volunteers activity, runners swap roles with volunteers
10:00 – 18:00 Race for volunteers, starts from Ashoka temple
18:00 – 22:00 Post race banquet and ceremony

Return to Beijing