The Great World Race will start at Novo, Antarctica on 6th February with subsequent marathons in Cape Town, Perth, Istanbul, Cartagena and Miami. In a unique aspect to the event, Istanbul hosts both the Asian and European legs of The Great World Race: After the Asian race, participants travel to Europe by foot over the Bosphorus Bridge, the dividing line between the continents.
The registration for The Great World Race includes travel by charter plane and also covers trip cancellation and medical insurance for the adventure. So don’t worry about unexpected circumstances forcing you to cancel your participation, you’re covered.
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3 February: Arrive Cape Town
4 February: Race Director Briefing
5 February: Pre departure preparations for Antarctica
6 February: Novo (Antarctica)
7 February: Cape Town (Africa)
8 February: Perth (Australia)
9 February: Istanbul (Asia)
10 February: Istanbul (Europe)
11 February: Cartagena (South America)
12 February: Miami (North America)
The Great World Race entry fee per person is EUR 45K, which can be paid in three instalments of EUR 15k. The first instalment secures your place in the event, contingent on timely payment of the outstanding amounts. The second instalment is due by 31st August 2023 while the third instalment is due by 30th November 2023. All payments are by bank wire transfer. Bank payment instructions will be provided after submission of the application form.
Your entry fee includes trip cancellation insurance and medical insurance cover for the trip. If you have to cancel your participation in The Great World Race 2024 for a legitimate reason covered by the policy (e.g. illness), you will be reimbursed. If a participant withdraws because they have decided not to take part (i.e. for reasons not covered by insurance) the financial burden/responsibility is their own. Upon submission of this application form and your entry fee, your passport details will be obtained from event organisers and your personal insurance policy will be sent directly to you.
The marathons are operated in accordance with the accepted rules of road running.
Individual results are posted for each marathon race in men’s and women’s categories.
The man and woman with the fastest average marathon time over all 7 races will be declared the winners of The Great World Race.
There will be a team competition in men’s and women’s categories in The Great World Race. The team with the fastest average marathon time for its top three finishers will be declared the winner in each category.
Athletes on a team are automatically included in the individual competition.
There is a time limit of 8 hours to complete each marathon.
The time limit for each marathon may be changed at the discretion of the Event Director in accordance with overall logistical time pressures or lack thereof. The goal is to have everybody finish!
There is a half marathon option of 21.1 km for those who prefer the shorter distance.
An athlete can be pulled from a race on medical grounds and must obey the instructions of medical personnel.
The Event Director’s decisions are final.