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World Marathon Challenge

Tuesday February 5th, 2019
Isle of Man, Douglas
Distance: Marathon · 7 Marathons

The World Marathon Challenge ® is a logistical and physical challenge to run seven marathons on seven continents in seven days.

Competitors must run the standard 42.2 km marathon distance in Antarctica, Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe, South America and North America within 168 hours, or seven days. The clock starts when the first marathon begins in Antarctica.

  • The World Marathon Challenge is the only annual event that offers the opportunity to run 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days.
  • The first marathon occurs within the Antarctic Circle on mainland Antarctica and the final marathon takes place in Miami, North America.
  • The global route is Novo (Antarctica), Cape Town (Africa), Perth (Australia), Dubai (Asia), Lisbon (Europe), Cartagena (South America) and Miami (North America)
  • After the initial marathon in Antarctica, competitors fly by charter plane to every marathon location around the globe.
  • Successful participants are recognised by the Intercontinental Marathon Club®, which provides the definitive list of people who have run 7 marathons on 7 continents within 7 days.
  • There is a competition element within the trip - the fastest combined marathon times, or average marathon time, for male and female categories are declared the outright winners of the overall challenge.
  • Participants run 295 km (183 miles) over the seven-day period and spend about 48 hours in the air.

    World Records after 2018 World Marathon Challenge

    Fastest Average Marathon Time (Men) - Michael Wardian (USA): 2:45:57 hrs

    Fastest Average Marathon Time (Women) - Becca Pizzi (USA): 3:55:11 hrs

    Fastest Duration (Men) - Richard Donovan (IRL): 4 Days 22 Hours 3 Minutes

    Fastest Duration (Women) - Becca Pizzi (USA): 6 Days 8 hours 12 Minutes

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Race Date: 02/05/2018 Distance: 7 Marathons
Division Time Name Age Home
Male 22:26:16 Gary Thornton 59 Laurel, MS
2nd Male 25:54:10 Jason Cousins 38 Lynchburg, VA
3rd Male 27:35:19 Scott Coey 45 Panama City Beach, FL
4th Male 27:36:57 Joshua Cohen 29 South Windsor, CT
Female 28:32:45 Becca Pizzi 37 Belmont, MA
2nd Female 31:15:38 Meghan Newcomer 36 New York NY, NY
3rd Female 31:54:03 Renee De Marsh 40 Lake George, NY
4th Female 33:22:55 Cara Nelson 31 Moriches, NY
Division Time Name Age Home
M 40-49 30:13:43 NickWishart 48 Pawtucket, RI
M 50-59 22:26:16 Gary Thornton 59 Laurel, MS
M 60-69 32:25:55 DaveMcGillivray 63 North Andover, MA
F 40-49 31:54:03 Renee De Marsh 40 Lake George, NY
F 50-59 45:55:27 PushpaChandra 58 Vancouver
World Marathon Challenge

Details of the seven marathons making up the World Marathon Challenge

The time limit for each marathonis 8 hours. Details of the seven marthons.

(1) Novolazarevskaya (Novo) is the location of the Antarctica Intercontinental Marathon ™, the first marathon

'Novo' is located within the Antarctic Circle on the Antarctica landmass. The location has a private camp operating during the Antarctic summer (November through February).

The Antarctica Intercontinental Marathon will be held on January 30th at Novo’s aircraft ice runway on a route measured and approved by the Antarctica Athletics Federation. The race is scheduled to begin at 1500 hrs.

(2) Cape Town is the location of the Africa Intercontinental Marathon ™ and the second marathon

Cape Town is a port city on South Africa’s southwest coast, on a peninsula beneath the imposing Table Mountain. Slowly rotating cable cars climb to the mountain’s flat top, from which there are sweeping views of the city, the busy harbor and boats heading for Robben Island, the notorious prison that once held Nelson Mandela, which is now a living museum.

The Africa Intercontinental Marathon will be held on January 31st at Sea Point Promenade in Cape Town, South Africa on a route measured and approved by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS). The race is scheduled to begin at 1030 hrs (Local Time).

(3) Perth, Australia is the location of the Australia Intercontinental Marathon ™ and the third marathon

Perth, capital of Western Australia with a population of two million, sits where the Swan River meets the southwest coast. Sandy beaches line its suburbs, and the huge, riverside Kings Park and Botanic Garden on Mt. Eliza offer sweeping views of the city. The Perth Cultural Centre houses the state ballet and opera companies, and occupies its own central precinct, including a theatre, art galleries and the Western Australian Museum.

The Australia Intercontinental Marathon will be held on February 1st at Burswood in Perth, Australia on a route measured and approved by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS). The race is scheduled to begin at 1800 hrs (Local Time).

(4) Dubai, UAE is the location of the Asia Intercontinental Marathon ™ and the fourth marathon

The fourth marathon of the 2018 World Marathon Challenge takes place in Dubai, the most populous city and emirate in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The City is located on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf and is one of the seven emirates that makes up the UAE. Dubai is regarded as a cosmopolitan metropolis and is firmly established as a business hub for the Middle East. Historically its economy was largely driven by oil production but in more recent years the focus has moved to tourism, aviation, real estate and financial services. The City is also famed for its sky-scrapers and high-rise buildings and in particular the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.

The Asia Intercontinental Marathon will be held on February 2nd at The Beach in Dubai, UAE on a route measured and approved by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS). The race is scheduled to begin at 1930 hrs (Local Time).

(5) Lisbon, Portugal is the location of the Europe Intercontinental Marathon ™ which is the fifth marathon

Lisbon is Portugal’s hilly, coastal capital city. From imposing São Jorge Castle, the view encompasses the old city’s pastel-colored buildings, Tagus Estuary and Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge. Nearby, the National Azulejo Museum displays 5 centuries of decorative ceramic tiles. Just outside Lisbon is a string of Atlantic beaches, from Cascais to Estoril.

The Europe Intercontinental Marathon will be held on February 3rd at the Park of Nations in Lisbon, Portugal on a route measured and approved by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS). The race is scheduled to begin at 1700 hrs (Local Time).

(6) Cartagena, Colombia is the location of the South America Intercontinental Marathon ™ and the penultimate marathon during the 2018 World Marathon Challenge ®

Cartagena is a port city on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. By the sea is the walled Old Town, founded in the 16th century, with squares, cobblestone streets and colorful colonial buildings. With a tropical climate, the city is also a popular beach destination. Reachable by boat are Isla de Barú, with white-sand beaches and palm trees, and the Islas del Rosario, known for their coral reefs.

The South America Intercontinental Marathon will be held on February 4th at the Old Town in Cartagena, Colombia on a route measured and approved by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS). The race is scheduled to begin at 1500 hrs (Local Time).

(7) Miami, USA is the location of the North America Intercontinental Marathon ® and the seventh and final marathon

Miami is an international city at Florida's southeastern tip. Its Cuban influence is reflected in the cafes and cigar shops that line Calle Ocho in Little Havana. On barrier islands across the turquoise waters of Biscayne Bay is Miami Beach, home to South Beach. This glamorous neighborhood is famed for its colorful art deco buildings, white sand, surfside hotels and trendsetting nightclubs.

The North America Intercontinental Marathon will be held on February 5th at South Beach in Miami, Florida, USA on a route measured and approved by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS). The race is scheduled to begin at 1300 hrs (Local Time).

NOTE: Wardian set an astounding new world record for the fastest cumulative marathon time of 19:21:36 hrs (or average marathon time of 2:45:57 hrs) to complete 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days. Although she didn't have the fastest average marathon time for women, China's Guoping Xie won the final marathon in Sydney and set a new women's world record for fastest time frame (female) to complete 7 marathons on 7 continents - completing them all in 6 days 8 hours 30 minutes. Thirty-one of 33 competitors succeeded in completing the 2017 World Marathon Challenge within 168 hours, or 7 Days -one competitor missed the first marathon race in Antarctica and another had to wothdraw due to injury after running two marathons. The Challenge started in Antarctica at 20:41 Sydney Time on 23 January 2017 and the last competitor finished long before the 7 Day deadline of 20:41 Sydney Time on 30th January. Please see the timeline on our Facebook Page for updates as they happened!

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