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.
SUMMARY FACTS ABOUT THE ANTARCTIC ICE MARATHON
- Member of the Association of International Marathons & Distances Races
- Recognised by Guinness World Records as the Southernmost Marathon on Earth
- The only official running events within the Antarctic Circle on mainland Antarctica. Other races take place in the more temperate climate of the Antarctic peninsula islands near South America.
- The iconic Marathon Flame was 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 eleven Antarctic Ice Marathon and twelve 100k 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 marathon record of 3:34.47 was set by Petr Vabrousek (CZE) in 2013
- The women's marathon record of 4:20.02 was set by Fiona Oakes (GBR) in 2013
- The men's 100k record of 9:26.02 was set by Keith Whyte (IRL) in 2015
- The women's 100k record of 15:31.10 was set by Julianne Young (AUS) in 2012
- 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