The Ice Marathon

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Challenge yourself on a marathon of intense proportions and world-class expertise, an event truly worthy of the seventh Continent. Antarctica awaits - are you up for the challenge? 

Adventure marathoners and ultra athletes are always looking for the next big challenge. It could be a remote desert marathon, a high altitude mountain marathon or a jungle marathon. Mainland Antarctica represents the last great wilderness to be conquered. And now adventure athletes like you can do it.

The Ice Marathon is the only marathon run on mainland Antarctica. It takes place at 80 South, just a few hundred miles from the South Pole in the interior of Antarctica. This is the southernmost marathon on Earth and a unique opportunity to complete a marathon that is truly worthy of the seventh continent. For those who fancy a shorter distance, the 80 South Half Marathon of 13.1 miles (21km) presents a considerable challenge over the same hushed, indomitable terrain. For the toughest endurance athletes, the Antarctic 62.1 miles (100km) Ultra Race completes the amazing line-up of running events.

Each event presents a truly formidable and genuine Antarctic challenge with snow and ice underfoot throughout, an average windchill temperature of -4F (–20C), the possibility of strong katabatic winds, and an average course elevation of 3,000 feet (900m). Runners will race a groomed and marked course with snowmobile support, aid stations and medical personnel at hand for the duration of each race.

Accommodations

Union Glacier Camp
The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming at our main Antarctic camp at Union Glacier. You’ll find roomy, double occupancy sleeping tents; a spacious dining hall; fresh delicious meals; and a spectacular setting. You’ll be surprised how comfortable Antarctica can be! Our full-service camp is designed for Antarctic conditions and with best environmental practices in mind. It operates during the Antarctic summer (November through January) and is dismantled at the end of each season.

Strenuous

Strenuous trips include skiing, climbing, and trekking trips where you spend several days or more in remote field camps and you are active for 6-8 hours a day over steeper, more rugged terrain. They can involve climbing and camping at altitude and in extreme weather conditions. These trips can be tailored to your skills and abilities, however a good level of fitness is essential and some technical skills may be required.

Day 1: Fly to Antarctica

Fly from Chile to Antarctica by private transport jet. Land on ice runway. Settle in at Union Glacier Camp.

Day 2: The Ice Marathon

Today we run the Antarctic Ice Marathon. A marked course of 26.2 miles (42 km) will already have been prepared and snowmobile support, aid stations and medical personnel will be at hand for the duration of the race.  However, don't expect to run your quickest time as winds can blow from the Pole at a steady 10-25 knots. Also, forget about penguins or crowds cheering you along the route - no penguins live this far south and you will have to rely upon yourself to push onward in the hushed, indomitable surroundings.

Day 3 Rest Day

The following day provides an opportunity to rest and recover. You can relax in camp, go for a walk or cheer on competitors in the first-ever Antarctic Triathlon and Duathlon.

Day 4: Antarctic 100K and Half Marathon

Next in the race line-up are the Antarctic 100 km and the White Continent Half Marathon. This is undoubtedly, “the world’s coldest 100”, and is reserved for only the toughest of endurance athletes. The 62.1 miles (100km) distance will seem endless, run under a sun that never sets against the backdrop of hills, mountains and large expanses of ice.

For those who prefer a half-marathon option, the White Continent Half-Marathon will also be run on the day of the 100km race. This half-marathon is your opportunity to cover 13.1 miles (21km) on the 'white continent' and finish the southernmost half marathon on the planet.

Day 5: Return to Punta Arenas, Chile

The aircraft from Punta Arenas will arrive with a new collection of avid explorers and you depart for the final leg of your Antarctic experience. Our staff will meet you at Punta Arenas airport and transfer you to your hotel.

Please Note:

No two Antarctic experiences are the same. This is part of the excitement and adventure of Antarctic travel. The itinerary above highlights typical activities and experiences. Exact timeline, activities, and details will vary from trip to trip. Trip length may vary by departure.

Please anticipate delays and do not plan anything for at least a week after your scheduled return. Allow yourself to enjoy this unique experience without the stress of pending commitments.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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