The 2017 World Marathon Challenge ® is a logistical and physical challenge to run 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days. Competitors must run the standard 42.2 km marathon distance in Antarctica, South America, North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia within 168 hours, or 7 days. The clock starts when the first marathon in Antarctica begins in January 2017.
SUMMARY FACTS ABOUT THE WORLD MARATHON CHALLENGE
- The World Marathon Challenge ® is the only event that offers the opportunity to run 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days.
- The first marathon will occur within the Antarctic Circle on mainland Antarctica and the final marathon will take place in Sydney, Australia.
- The global route is Union Glacier (Antarctica), Punta Arenas (South America), Miami (North America), Madrid (Europe), Marrakech (Africa), Dubai (Asia) and Sydney (Australia)
- After the first marathon in Antarctica, competitors will fly by charter plane to every marathon location around the globe.
- Successful participants will be recognised by The 7 Continents Marathon Club™, which provides the definitive list of marathoners on all 7 continents.
- Successful participants will also be recognised by the Intercontinental Marathon Club ®, which provides the definitive list of marathoners on all 7 continents within 7 days.
- There is a competition element within the trip - the fastest combined marathon times for male and female categories will be declared the outright winners.
- Participants will run 295 km (183 miles) over the seven-day period, spend 59 hours in the air and fly approximately 38,000 km.
- Carbon emmissions from the flights will be completely offset via the CarbonFund.org.
- The Book of Alternative Records will recognise the event for world record purposes, including fastest combined marathon times for 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days.
- The Guinness Book of Records also acknowledges the event for record setting purposes.
- The 2015 and 2016 World Marathon Challenges were resounding successes with all competitors successfully completing their challenge.
CURRENT WORLD RECORDS FOR MARATHONS ON CONTINENTS
Fastest Male - Richard Donovan (IRL): 4 Days 22 Hours 3 Minutes.
Fastest Aggregate Marathon Time - Daniel Cartica (USA): 24 Hours 46 Minutes 56 Seconds
Fastest Female - Becca Pizzi (USA): 6 Days 18 hours 38 minutes.
Fastest Aggregate Marathon Time - Becca Pizzi (USA): 27 Hours 26 Minutes 15 Seconds