The World Marathon Challenge ® is organised by Global Running Adventures, Inc. In addition to organising 7 Marathons on 7 Continents in 7 Days, Global Running Adventures organises the world's most northerly marathon, the North Pole Marathon®, the world's most southerly marathon, the Antarctic Ice Marathon®, and the world's hightest desert marathon, the Volcano Marathon®. Working with a network of associate specialists, including the word's foremost logistics experts, the company delivers world class events in the most remote parts of the planet.
Global Running Adventures
Global Running Adventures embodies 'Survival of the Farthest' (™).
How far can you run, how far can you push yourself, how far are you prepared to travel?
Global Running Adventures delivers world class running experiences in the most challenging and remote locations on the planet.
By competing in the World’s Coolest Marathon ®, the North Pole Marathon ®, you can become one of a truly select few to race at the top of the world - at the Geographic North Pole. And you will feel on top of the world when you manage to overcome the extreme sub-zero temperatures to finish 26.2 miles at one of earth's farthest extremes.
Why not try the Antarctic Ice Marathon ® at the opposite end of the planet? With underfoot conditions comprising snow and ice throughout, an average wind chill temperature of -20C, and the possibility of strong Katabatic winds, these races are a qualifier for The 7 Continents Marathon Club (™).
The Atacama Desert, the driest place on earth, lies between these far polar extremes and is the location for the Volcano Marathon ®. Can you handle the extremes of 14,600 ft altitude and high temperatures to finish one of the most scenic marathons in the world in Chile, South America?
Perhaps push yourself even further by running 7 Marathons on 7 Continents in 7 Days at the amazing World Marathon Challenge ®. Starting at Union Glacier Antarctica, you can run marathons in Antarctica, South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and North America, all within 168 hours, or 7 days .
However far you want to go, Global Running Adventures is the answer. Whether it's the world's northernmost marathon, the world's southernmost marathon, the world's highest desert marathon, or the ultimate World Marathon Challenge, it's about survival of the farthest.
Richard Donovan - Event Director
Richard has participated in many extreme locations including the Arctic and Antarctic polar regions, the Sahara and Atacama Deserts, the Andes and Himalayan mountains and the Amazon Jungle. He has won the Inca Trail Marathon, Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race, Antarctic 100k, Everest Challenge Marathon and South Pole Marathon as well as representing Ireland at international level in ultrarunning.
In 2011, Richard completed the first 100-mile run within the Antarctic Circle (to coincide with the 100-year anniversary of Man reaching the South Pole) and in 2012 he set a new record for running marathons on all seven continents when completing the World Marathon Challenge in 4 days 22 hours 3 minutes. In the summer of 2015, he ran 3,200 miles across the USA from San Francisco to New York in the Trans North America Run and 2016 he completed a 3,000 km Trans Europe Run from Istanbul to Rotterdam.
Richard has been an organiser and Race Director of Home Nations Championships, Commonwealth Championships and World Championships. In 2009, he was Race Director at both the Anglo Celtic Plate ('Home Nations' 100km) and the Commonwealth Championships 100km at road running. In 2011, he was organiser and Race Director of the IAU Trail World Championships where he was awarded an Order of Merit by the International Association of Ultra Runners for impeccable organisation. Richard was subsequently appointed Race Director at the inaugural Commonwealth Championships at Trail Running.
Richard held the post of Chairman of UltraRunning Ireland from 2005-2012 before being elected to the position of Executive Director of the International Association of Ultra Runners, the world governing body for the sport.
Leading international magazines have published feature length interviews and reports on Richard’s adventure race performances. He has also featured in various documentaries, including the world syndicated BBC programme ‘Desert: The Challenge’, which was narrated by Mike Stroud. In 2012, a one-hour documentary by TV Globo on the Antarctic Ice Marathon & 100k event was nominated for an International Emmy Award.
A former consultant economist, Richard was educated in Ireland and the USA and received postgraduate academic scholarships in both countries. His brother Paul was a two-time Olympian, World Indoor silver medallist and multiple US collegiate champion on the track.
Numerous personnel work on projects for Global Running Adventures throughout the year, including some of the world's top sports photographers, videographers and medics.