8:00am 10 Dec – 5:00pm 15 Dec, 2020
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Union Glacier, Antarctica
Antarctic Ice Marathon: The World’s Southernmost Marathon
The Antarctic Ice Marathon is the only official marathon located on the continent of Antarctica. Each year, athletes travel to Antarctica to compete to be crowned the winner of a marathon in one of the world’s harshest climates. This unique opportunity provides athletes the opportunity to run on Antarctica, a continent most people never get to step foot on. The race is held at the foot of the Ellsworth Mountains, a few hundred miles from the South Pole.
Running a marathon is no easy feat and this event pushes athletes to their limits as athletes are competing in one of the most challenging locations on the planet, battling extreme cold, strong winds and an altitude of 700 metres. Runners must compete through snow and ice with cold weather gear on. Due to high winds, it is not uncommon to see slower times than standard marathons.
Last year’s 2019 winner was William Hafferty from the US who finished in 3 hours 34 mins! This elite running ran while the temperature was -20C. Hafferty clocked in the fastest mile ever recorded in Antarctica. The fastest female in last years marathon was Lenka Frycova from the Czech Republic with a time of 4 hours and 40 mins. While these times are slower than your standard road marathon, the top times from the Ice Marathon certainly attest to the physical and mental strength of these athletes!
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Antarctic Ice Marathon 2021 Dates
The 16th edition of the Antarctic Marathon will be on December 13, 2020.