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Antarctic Ice Marathon

Tuesday December 14th, 2021
South Pole, Antarctica
Distance: Marathon · 100k · Ultra

The Antarctic Ice Marathon is run over the classic 42.195km (26.2 miles) marathon distance. The race encompasses an individual competiton, with male and female divisions. There is also an option to run a half marathon - the Frozen Continent Half Marathon - which commences at the same time as the marathon.

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Race Date: 12/13/2020 Distance: Marathon
Division Time Name Age Home
Male 3:34:12 William Hafferty USA
2nd Male 3:43:12 Mauritz Jansen Van Rensburg RSA
3rd Male 3:58:49 Mark Leibold USA
4th Male 4:17:32 Philippe Richet FRA
Female 4:40:38 Lenka Frycova CZE
2nd Female 5:30:32 Beata Larson POL
3rd Female 5:32:35 Danielle Nelson USA
4th Female 6:00:10 Louise Edwards AUS
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Antarctic Ice Marathon

  • Member of the Association of International Marathons & Distances Races
  • Recognised by Guinness World Records as the Southernmost Marathon on Earth
  • One of only two official running events within the Antarctic Circle on mainland Antarctica. The Antarctica Intercontinental Marathon (operated with theWorld Marathon Challenge) is the only other marathon event on the continent. Other races take place in the more temperate climate of islands near South America, outside the Antarctic Circle.
  • The iconic Marathon Flamewas brought to the 2012 Antarctic Ice Marathon by UNICEF ambassador Nasos Ktoridis
  • A documentary on the 2010 Antarctic Ice Marathon was nominated for an International Emmy Award
  • There have been fourteen Antarctic Ice Marathon races to date
  • It's impossible to predict winning times because weather conditions and terrain are variable from one year to the next
  • The men's event record of 3:34.47 was set by Petr Vabrousek (CZE) in 2013
  • The women's event record of 4:20.02 was set by Fiona Oakes (GBR) in 2013
  • The race was initially operated at Patriot Hills, Antarctica but changed to Union Glacier, Antarctica in 2010
  • In 2007, William Tan - a wheelchair competitor -completed a marathon distance on the aircraft runway
  • Participants are eligible to join the exclusive 7 Continents Marathon Club by finishing the Ice Marathon in addition to marathons on each of the other six continents.
  • The sister race of the Antarctic Ice Marathon is the North Pole Marathon, which is the Northernmost Marathon on Earth

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