The World Marathon Challenge is a logistical and physical challenge to run 7 Marathons on 7 Continents in 7 Days. There is also a half marathon option.
The 7 Continents are Antarctica, Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe, South America and North America.
Yes, places are limited for the World Marathon Challenge and allotted on a first come first served basis.
The marathons will take place at Novo (Antarctica), Cape Town (South Africa, Africa), Perth (Australia), Dubai (United Arab Emirates, Asia), Lisbon (Portugal, Europe), Cartagena (Colombia, South America) and Miami (USA, North America).
No, the exact start date cannot be guaranteed because of the possibility of weather delays in Antarctica. However, contingency plans have been arranged to ensure the seven-day schedule can be reached regardless of a delay in starting the Challenge.
No, these Islands are not even located within the Antarctic Circle nor on the Antarctic continental landmass or Antarctic Tectonic Plate / geographic continental shelf. See the 'LOCATIONS' section of this website for definitions and details of each continent.
Yes, the 2018 Antarctica leg will take place at Novo, Antarctica, which is 6 hours flight directly south of Cape Town. Novo is located at 71 Degrees South, within the Antarctic Circle and on the Antarctic continental landmass.
There is always a possiblity of weather delays when flying to or from Antarctica and it would be foolish to leave it as the final destination.
Competiors in the World Marathon Challenge will spend about 52.5 hours in the air from the start point in Antarctica to the finish in North America.
Successful participants will run 295 km or 183 miles in total.
The timing clock doesn't start until the first marathon commences! When it is certain that a flight can leave Antarctica the first marathon will start and the countdown will begin.
Participants will meet in Cape Town, South Africa a couple of days before the first marathon is scheduled to begin. As part of the registration fee, competitors will be flown from Cape Town to Novo Station, Antarctica.
Yes, significant media coverage can be expected. Furthermore, cameramen and photographers will follow the entire trip with the competitors. The 2015, 2016 and 2017 World Marathon Challenges received extensive exposure on all the main international news channels.
The individual marathons will be arranged by a combination of locally-based running experts, clubs and measurers. Among them is Dave Cundy, the Sydney and Beijing Olympic Marathon course measurer, and Vice President of the Association of International marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) .
Yes, there will be medical assistance / doctor available throughout the trip.
After the Antarctica segment, competitors will fly on an Airbus 340 VIP charter plane during the 2018 World Marathon Challenge.
Yes, the fastest average marathons times for the 7 marathons will be declared the outright winners in male and female categories.
The time limit for each marathon is 8 hours.
The temperatures will likely range from -10 C to +25 C.
Participants will be advised on clothing for Antarctica. Suitable clothing for temperatures ranging from about +5 C to +30 C should be obtained for the other six continents.