Explore the most pristine corner of the planet.
Come face-to-face with Antarctic gems such as glaciers, icebergs, penguins, seals and whales.
27 JANUARY-4 FEBRUARY 2018: WHITE CONTINENT MARATHON, ANTARCTICA
During the race you’ll be cheered on by penguins and seals. After the race you can enjoy excursions to a penguin colony, to see Gentoo, Adelie & Chinstrap penguins. You’ll also explore the nearby Russian Research base and their ornate Orthodox Church.
You will be sleeping overnight in Antarctica the evening before the race. A great experience!
You can choose from a 50K, marathon and half marathon adventure.
This race is the only opportunity for those who want to run a marathon in Antarctica within one week’s time. Other Antarctic race options require a minimum of 14 to 20 days.
8-22 MARCH / 9-23 MARCH 2018: ANTARCTICA MARATHON & HALF MARATHON, ANTARCTICA
The Antarctica Tour Package begins with three-nights in Buenos Aires for time to meet your running peers, participate in a few training runs, and attend the mandatory race briefing and welcome dinner. Then you’ll fly to Ushuaia, which is located at the southern tip of Argentina. It is here where you will start your journey to Antarctica aboard the Akademik Ioffe Ship or the Akademik Vavilov Ship. Over the course of several days you will sail through the Beagle Channel across the Drake Passage, through the Shetland Islands and along the Antarctic Peninsula until reaching King George’s Island, the location of the marathon and half marathon.
Historians and scientists will provide lectures on board your ship and you will experience wildlife excursions during landings in remote areas, such as seal colonies and penguin rookeries as well as the research bases.
The races take place on 16 or 17 March 2018, depending on the ship you’re on. The course will start and finish outside the Russian base and pass near the Chilean and Chinese bases. The course is entirely on dirt roads, which often can be muddy.
The course on King George’s Island has marked gravel roads that connect the scientific research bases of Uruguay, Chile, China and Russia. Great care is taken to leave behind zero impact on the environment in this sensitive ecosystem. As part of this, there’s a maximum of 100 passengers ashore for the event at any time. Marathon Tours & Travel takes their part seriously and has raised more than $200,000 for Oceanites, the non-profit scientific organization that monitors the effects of climate change and the impact of tourism on Antarctica.
9 APRIL 2018: NORTH-POLE MARATHON, ARCTIC OCEAN
Always wanted to run on water? This is your chance!
The North Pole is not part of any continent, as it is constantly shifting ice, located in the middle of the Arctic Ocean. And that’s where this stunning race takes place.
Running under extreme conditions like this (-41C) takes lots of preparation, effort and persistence and the Marathon has been completed by only 378 people (319 men and 59 women) so far.
Participants are eligible to join the exclusive Marathon Grand Slam Club by finishing a marathon on each of the seven continents and the North Pole Marathon.
13 DECEMBER 2018: ANTARCTIC ICE MARATHON & 100K, ANTARCTICA
The fourteenth Antarctic Ice Marathon race will take place at 80 Degrees South, just a few hundred miles from the South Pole at the foot of the Ellsworth Mountains. Infinite land of pristine snow and stark mountain vistas illuminated by 24 hours of constant sunlight.
The Antarctic Ice Marathon is the most southern marathon on earth. A truly formidable and genuine Antarctic challenge with underfoot conditions comprising snow and ice throughout, an average windchill temperature of -20C, and the possibility of strong Katabatic winds to contend with, at an altitude of 700 meters. Don’t expect to run your quickest time, however, as winds can blow from the Pole at a steady 10-25 knots. Forget about penguins or crowds cheering you along the route. No penguins live this far south and you will have to rely on yourself to push onward in the hushed, indomitable surroundings.
If you associate the word ‘impossible’ with an irresistible challenge, the Antarctic Ice Marathon and Antarctic 100K are right up your street. The Frozen Continent Half-Marathon (21.1K/13.1mi) will also be run on the same day.
The 4-day trip includes a return flight by private jet from Punta Arenas, Chile, to the marathon location at Union Glacier, Antarctica. A marked course of 42.2km (26.2 miles) will be prepared in advance and snowmobile support, aid stations and medical personnel will be on hand for the duration of the race.
You’ll receive accommodation and food for the entire Antarctic trip.
You can join the exclusive 7 Continents Marathon Club by combining this race with marathons on each of the other six continents.
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