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Antarctic Ice Marathon & Half Marathon

Quick facts

Location Patriot hills, Antarctica

Distance Marathon

About Antarctic Ice Marathon & Half Marathon

The Antarctic 100k ultra race is the only 100k run on mainland Antarctica. It takes place at 80 South, just a few hundred miles from the South Pole in the interior of Antarctica and is undoubtedly, ‘the world’s coolest 100’, this ultramarathon challenge is reserved for only the toughest of endurance athletes. The 100k (62.1 miles) distance will seem endless, run under a sun that never sets against the backdrop of hills, mountains and large expanses of ice. This race presents the only opportunity to complete a 100k event on the frozen continent and creates the prospect of a 100k Seven Continents Club for global ultra athletes.

This 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.

Distances

Half-Marathon

  • 21.097km

Marathon

  • 42.195km

Practicalities

Accommodation

The official race hotels are ithe Diego de Almagro and Rey don Felipe. Union Glacier is the only facility of its kind in Antarctica. It is a full-service camp operating during the Antarctic summer (November through January). Competitors will stay in double-walled sleeping tents that are roomy and comfortable. They are well suited to Antarctic conditions and are based on a design used by Shackleton’s Endurance expedition. Each tent houses two guests and each will sleep in a polar sleeping bag provided as part of the race registration costs. The tents are naturally heated by the 24-hour sunlight.

Aid Stations

There will be aid stations every 8km approximately.

Maximum Time

24 hrs

Refreshments

Competitors will enjoy hearty, fresh-cooked meals while self-serve snacks and beverages are available at any time. The logistics company also regularly fly in fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, meats and a variety of beers and Chilean wines from Punta Arenas, Chile.

Transport

Participants will be flown to the Union Glacier camp in Antarctica from Punta Arenas. Two specially adapted 4x4 passenger vans are used for excursions around Union Glacier and to shuttle guests to and from the runway.

Antarctic Ice Marathon & Half Marathon Route Map

Antarctic Ice Marathon & Half Marathon Route Map

Start:

Union Glacier camp

Patriot hills,aq

Overview

The Antarctic Ice Marathon route encompasses a 25km circuit followed by a 17.2km circuit. The 100km competitors will run the 25km circuit 4 times.

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.