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What is the World Marathon Challenge?

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.

What are the 7 continents?

The 7 Continents are Antarctica, South America, North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.

Who is organising the World Marathon Challenge?

The Challenge is organised by Global Running Adventures / Polar Running Adventures, organisers of the North Pole Marathon ®, Volcano Marathon ®, and Antarctic Ice Marathon & 100k ®. The Event Director is Richard Donovan. See the 'About Us' section for more information.

Where can I register for the 2018 World Marathon Challenge?

You register on this website for the 2018 World Marathon Challenge at 2018 REGISTRATION.

What date is the 2017 event scheduled to begin?

The first marathon is provisionally scheduled to occur on 23rd January. See 'SCHEDULE AND PRICES' for more details. 

How much does it cost to take part?

In 2017, the entire trip, including a three-day expedition into Antarctica, the seven marathons on seven continents, VIP charter flight, and all related support is EUR 36,000. See 'SCHEDULE AND PRICES' for more details.

Are places limited?

Yes, places are limited for the World Marathon Challenge and alloted on a first come first served basis.

Where will the 2017 marathons take place?

The marathons will take place at Union Glacier (Antarctica), Punta Arenas (Chile, South America), Miami (USA, North America), Madrid (Spain, Europe), Marrakech (Morocco, Africa), Dubai (United Arab Emirates, Asia) and Sydney (Australia).

Can the dates be guaranteed?

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.

Are the Falkland Islands, King George Island or the South Shetland Islands part of the continent of Antarctica?

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 'CONTINENTS' section of this website for definitions and details of each continent.

Will the Antarctica leg actually take place on the continent of Antarctica? 

Yes, the 2017 Antarctica leg will take place at Union Glacier, Antarctica, the home of the Antarctic Ice Marathon. Union Glacier is located at 80 Degrees South, a few hundred miles from the South Pole. It is situated within the Antarctic Circle on the Antarctic continental landmass.

Why does the event start in Antarctica rather than finish in Antarctica?

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.

How long do I spend flying?

Competiors in the World Marathon Challenge will spend about 59 hours in the air flying 38,000 km from the start point in Antarctica to the finish in Australia

What total distance will I run during the World Marathon Challenge?

Successful participants will run 295 km or 183 miles in total.

What exactly happens if there is a delay in Antarctica?

The timing clock doesn't start until the first marathon commences! When it is certain that a flight is due from South America to pick up participants, the first marathon in Antarctica will start and the countdown will begin.

How do I get to the starting point in Antarctica?

Participants will meet in Punta Arenas, Chile to begin the trip. To get to Punta Arenas, participants will book their international flights to arrive in Santiago, the capital of Chile. There are frequent daily internal flights from Santiago to Punta Arenas (airport code = PUQ) via the Lan Chile airline. As part of the registration fee, competitors will be flown from Punta Arenas to Union Glacier, Antarctica. 

Will there be media coverage of the World Marathon Challenge?

Yes, signifcant media coverage can be expected. Furthermore, a cameraman / news reporter will follow the entire trip with the competitors. The 2015 and 2016 World Marathon Challenges recieved extensive exposure on all the main international news channels.

Can I join The 7 Continents Marathon Club?

Participants who succeed in running 7 marathons on 7 continents can join The 7 Continents Marathon Club™. This club is reserved for those who have run a marathon within the Antarctic Circle on the Antarctic Continent as well as on the other six continents. See The 7 Continents Marathon Club for membership requirements and Members of the 7 Continents Marathon Club for the definitive list of 7 continents marathoners.

Can I join the exclusive Intercontinental Marathon Club?

Successful participants will join the very exclusive Intercontinental Marathon Club ®,  reserved for those who have run 7 Marathons on 7 Continents within 7 Days. 

Who organises the individual marathons on each continent?

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 Assoication of International marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) .

Will there be medical assistance?

Yes, there will be medical assistance and other support at each location.

What type of flights will we take?

Competitors in 2017 will be flying in business class seats on a charter plane.

Will our flights be made carbon neutral?

Yes, carbon emmissions from the flights will be offset by the organisers via a payment to

Is there a competition aspect to the World Marathon Challenge?

Yes, the fastest combined marathons times for the 7 marathons will be declared the outright winners in male and female categories.

What is the time limit for each marathon? 

The time limit for each marathon is 8 hours.

What are the temperature variations?

The temperatures will likely range from --20 C to +25 C. See the chart below.

Location Expected Temperature °C
Union Glacier -20
Punta Arenas +10
Miami +20
Madrid +6
Marrakech +13
Abu Dhabi +18
Sydney +25

What gear should I wear? 

Particpants will be given outer polar clothing for travelling to Antarctica: A wind pants, parka coat and polar boots. Details of additional Antarctic clothing requirements, including cold weather running gear, can be obtained on the Antarctic Ice Marathon website. Suitable clothing for temperatures ranging from 0 C to +25 C should be obtained for the other six continents.