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Antarctic Ice Marathon

Friday December 13th, 2019
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: 12/13/2018 Distance: Marathon
Division Time Name Age Home
Male 3:49:18 Piotr Suchenia 38 Poland
2nd Male 4:19:19 Isaac Thyer 35 Australia
3rd Male 4:31:57 Alexander Rudiger 41 Austria
4th Male 4:37:10 Marc DeKeyser 52 Belgium
Female 5:03:32 Roma Puisiene 36 Lithuania
2nd Female 6:15:14 Natalie Arnold 30 Australia
3rd Female 6:55:46 Gurmeet Bhalla 46 India
4th Female 7:04:39 Congning Xiao 36 China
Division Time Name Age Home
M 50-59 4:37:10 Marc DeKeyser 52 Belgium
F 40-49 6:55:46 Gurmeet Bhalla 46 India
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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