The World Marathon Challenge is a logistical and physical challenge to run 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days. Competitors must run the standard 42.195 km marathon distance in Antarctica, South America, North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia within 168 hours, or 7 days. There is also an option to run a half marathon distance. The clock starts when the first marathon in Antarctica begins on 18 January 2017.
Participants fly to Novo Base, Antarctica, within the Antarctic Circle, to begin their challenge of a lifetime. After the first marathon commences on the 'Frozen Continent', there will be a mere 168 hours left to complete the World Marathon Challenge.
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During this seven-day time period, competitors will fly by charter plane must run standard 42.2km (26.2 miles) marathon distances at Novolazarevskaya aka Novo (Antarctica), Cape Town (South Africa), Perth (Australia), Dubai (UAE), Madrid (Spain), Barranquilla (Colombia) and Miami (USA). In doing so, they will complete seven marathons on the planet's seven continents: Antarctica, Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe, South America and North America. At each location, local running experts will ensure the marathons are the correct distance on custom courses.
Competitors will undoubtedly suffer from marathon fatigue, jet lag and sleep deprivation as the event progresses. The impact of wide temperature fluctuations will also be a factor in success or failure, with a possible variation of 50 Degrees Celsius. However, the competitors will be in good hands as the logistics of the World Marathon Challenge are organised by Global Running Adventures/Polar Running Adventures, the organisers of the North Pole Marathon, Antarctic Ice Marathon and Volcano Marathon.
Competitors in the World Marathon Challenge will spend about 59 hours in the air flying 38,000 km from the start point in Antarctica to the finish in Australia
Although running 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days will be the ultimate success, there is also a competition element within the World Marathon Challenge. The fastest combined marathon times for male and female runners will also be recognised for world record purposes.
Join Event Director, Richard Donovan, on this amazing challenge. Places are limited for the World Marathon Challenge. All finishers will be eligible to join both The 7 Continents Marathon Club and the exclusive Intercontinental Marathon Club, reserved for athletes who have run 7 Marathons on 7 Continents within 7 Days.
The World Marathon Challenge will start at Union Glacier (Antarctica) and proceed to Punta Arenas (South America), Miami (North America), Madrid (Europe), Marrakech (Africa), Dubai (Asia) and Sydney (Australia).
28 Jan Recommended arrival at Cape Town, South Africa
29 Jan Pre-Departure Briefings for Antarctica
30 Jan Flight to Marathon location at Novo, Antarctica. Marathon in Antarctica.
31 Jan Marathon in Cape Town, fly to Perth
1 Feb Marathon in Perth and fly to Dubai
2 Feb Marathon in Dubai and fly to Madrid
3 Feb Marathon in Madrid and fly to Barranquilla
4 Feb Marathon in Barranquilla and fly to Miami
5 Feb Marathon in Miami
6 Feb Free to fly home
*Every effort will be made to keep to the scheduled departure and return date, but all flights are subject to weather, aircraft serviceability and local conditions.
The entry fee of EUR €36,000* (€35,000 if paid in full upon registration) includes:
The entry fee does NOT include flights from your homeland to Cape Town to begin the trip or your return flight home from Miami at the end of the Challenge.
All participants should be in excellent health and capable of completing the World Marathon Challenge. Please consult with your doctor before entering the World Marathon Challenge.
* The entry fee will be converted to AUD upon application at the current rate of exchange