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Registration for 2018 World Marathon Challenge

Initial registration is a simple two-step process. You must

  1. Complete the Application Form below, agreeing to the Terms & Conditions, and 
  2. Pay the full entry fee or deposit.

The event field is limited and places are allotted to on a first come first served basis.

Please print this page and retain for your records. Once the full entry fee or deposit has been received, your place will be confirmed in the field conditional on you later completing & returning the standard expedition forms provided by the logistics company for Antarctica, and agreeing to the standard terms and conditions associated with international airline tickets. 

Chinese Citizens

Please note that Beijing Palace International Travel Service Co. Ltd is the exclusive Chinese agent for the 2018 World Marathon Challenge. All Chinese citizens should register for the event via the following details:

Tel: +86 10 58603631, +86 13901201170


The 2018 World Marathon Challenge is a logistical and physical challenge organised by Global Running Adventures to run 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days. Competitors must run the standard 42.195 km marathon distance in Antarctica, South America, North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia within 168 hours, or 7 days. There is also an option to run a half marathon distance. The clock starts when the first marathon in Antarctica begins in January 2018.

Rules & Regulations

  • The 7 marathons / half marathons are provisionally scheduled to take place at Union Glacier, Punta Arenas, Miami, Madrid, Marrakech, Dubai and Sydney. *locations are subject to change and will be finalised by March 2017
  • Participants are required to run the classic marathon distance of 42.2km (26.2 miles) - or half marathon - in its entirety at each of the seven locations.
  • A time limit of 8 hours will be imposed on each marathon.
  • Individual results of each of the 7 marathons will be categorised into male and female categories.
  • The male and female with the fastest combined marathon times will be declared the outright winners of the 2018 World Marathon Challenge.
  • Any athlete who exhibits severe conditions that are deemed detrimental to their health may be withdrawn from the race by officials or stopped temporarily while appropriate treatment and advice is administered.
  • The Event Director's decisions are final.

Your submission of the registration form accepts the Description and Rules & Regulations as outlined above. The overall fee is EUR 36,000, but there is a discount of EUR 1.000 if paying in full upon registering. The installment payment option will have entrants make an initial deposit of EUR 9,000 to reserve their place in the field. A further three payments of EUR 9,000 are required by the deadlines outlined below.

You must;

  1. Fill in the Application Form
  2. Click Register for the 2018 World Marathon Challenge
  3. Agree to the Terms & Conditions when prompted
  4. Make the relevant payment when contacted in order to confirm your place in the 2018 World Marathon Challange.
  5. Later: (a) Complete and return standard forms for entering Antarctica - a basic medical information form, personal information form, waiver form, and terms & conditions form (b) Agree to standard airline terms & conditions for tickets, including required travel documents.

The 2018 World Marathon Challenge is provisionally scheduled to begin on 23 January 2018. Please proceed to the terms and conditions to see full details of the trip.

Terms & Conditions 


The 2018 World Marathon Challenge is a logistical and physical challenge organised by Global Running Adventures to run 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days. Competitors must run the standard 42.195 km marathon distance in Antarctica, South America, North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia within 168 hours, or 7 days. There is also a half marathon option. The World Marathon Challenge also encompasses an individual competiton, with male and female divisions. 

2018 World Marathon Challenge Provisional Schedule & Cities*

18-Jan Arrive at Punta Arenas
19-Jan Pre-Departure Briefings for Antarctica
20-Jan Flight to Marathon location at Union Glacier, Antarctica
21-Jan Antarctic Acclimatisation 
22-Jan Cold Weather Gear Testing
23-Jan Marathon in Antarctica + Flight to Punta Arenas
24-Jan Marathon in Punta Arenas + Flight to Miami
25-Jan Marathon in Miami + Flight to Madrid
26-Jan Marathon in Madrid + Flight to Marrakech
27-Jan Marathon in Marrakech + Flight to Dubai
28-Jan Marathon in Dubai + Flight to Sydney
29-Jan Marathon in Sydney + Celebration
30-Jan Rest & Relaxation
31-Jan Free to Return Home

*Every effort will be made to keep to the scheduled departure and return date, but all flights are subject to weather, aircraft serviceability and local conditions. Locations are subject to change and the intitial departure point may change from previous years to Cape Town, South Africa.

Entry Fee for 2018 World Marathon Challenge

The entry fee of EUR €36,000 (or €35,000 if paying in full upon registration) includes

  • Flight by specialist jet from Punta Arenas to Union Glacier, Antarctica OR from Cape Town to Novo Base, Antarctica - the location of the first marathon.
  • Accommodation and meals in Antarctica from 20th January - 23rd January 2018 (provisional dates).
  • Professionally organised marathon events at Union Glacier, Punta Arenas, Miami, Madrid, Marrakech, Dubai and Sydney. *locations are subject to change
  • International business class flights or charter plane to each of the marathon locations.
  • Contingency plans and arrangements to cater for weather delays in Antarctica and guarantee availability on flights to meet a 7-day schedule.
  • Accommodation, where practical and possible at locations during the trip, and two nights accommodation at the conclusion.
  • Medical support during the marathons on each continent.
  • Emergency medical evacuation insurance for Antarctica.
  • Professional video footage / photos of the World Marathon Challenge (not for commercial use).
  • Medals, t-shirts, souvenirs and merchandise related to the World Marathon Challenge.

*Please note: The entry fee does NOT include flights from your homeland to Punta Arenas OR Cape Town to begin the trip or your return flight home at the end of the trip. It also does not include accommodation at the departure point prior to the flight to Antarctica.

All participants should be in excellent health and capable of completing the World Marathon Challenge. Please consult with your doctor before entering the 2018 World Marathon Challenge. 

Payment Schedule

Full payment of EUR €35,000 to firmly secure place will be accepted upon initial registration. Alternatively, a EUR €9,000 deposit to reserve a place will be accepted. This deposit should be followed by two additional installment payments of EUR €9,000 payable by 30th November 2016 and 31st March 2017, respectively. The remaining €9,000 necessary for full payment should be received by 30th September 2017.

Payment Options

The preferred method is by bank wire transfer: contact Richard Donovan at for the relevant bank details. Bank transfer costs should be paid by the sender.


  • Cancellations before 1 January 2017 can be charged €2,000.
  • Cancellations from 1 January 2017 - 30 June 2017 can be charged €12,000.
  • Cancellations from 1 July 2017 - 30 September 2017 can be charged €22,000
  • Cancellations from 1 October 2017 can be charged the full entry fee of €35,000.

Please note: In the event of withdrawal by a participant, every effort will be made to find a replacement competitor rather than charge any fee, and this would normally be quite feasible. A withdrawing competitor may also directly transfer his or her place to another person. We will not transfer your entry to a future year.

Required Documents

There are no passports or travel documents required for Antarctica. However, participants must have a valid passport beyond their date of return and the appropriate visa documents (if required for their nationality) for all other destinations on the trip, currently Chile, USA, Spain, Morocco, United Arab Emirates and Australia. (*destinations are subject to change). The organisers will assist with supplying any supporting documentation necessary for visas. 

Trip Cancellation / Travel / Medical Insurance

Each participant is responsible for their own insurance to cover trip cancellation and interruption. For example, you may get injured and need to cancel your trip. Furthermore, weather-related delays and other delays can occur in such an extreme environment and the organisers cannot be held responsible for such disruption. The organisers will arrange medical evacuation insurance for Antarctica, but participants must obtain their own travel / medical insurance for the remaining World Marathon Challenge trip in case of a medical emergency or otherwise. 

Baggage Weight

There are limits to how much baggage each participant can bring. The baggage allowance travelling  to Antarctica is 25kg. The standard business class baggage allowance is 2 x 23kg, but a charter plane may be less.

Use of Image

I understand that during the event or in related activities, I may be photographed, filmed, and/or videotaped. I agree to allow my name, photo, video or film likeness to be used for any legitimate promotional purpose by the event holders, producers, sponsors, organisers and assigns. 


I certify that I will have adequate insurance to cover unanticipated trip cancellation /interruption, and any injury or damage that may occur on the trip, or which I may suffer while participating, or else I agree to bear the costs of such injury or damage myself.

Voluntary Participation and Assumption of Risk

I acknowledge that I have voluntarily applied to participate in the 2018 World Marathon Challenge and that I have carefully read and understand the description, terms, conditions and recommendations of the expedition. I am participating in this trip with full knowledge of the hazards involved in such an endeavour. I also realise that the dates of the trip and locations may change from those specified on this form.

I also understand that Global Running Adventures / Polar Running Adventures work with a specialist polar logistics company in the organisation and promotion of the marathon in Antarctica and that I must complete their standard polar travel forms.

I understand that Antarctica is the most remote and one of the most inhospitable and undeveloped regions of the planet. Logistics problems are enormous, the weather ferocious and unpredictable. Delays of days or even weeks must be anticipated. 

I understand that the risks of travelling and competing in the Antarctic include, without limitation, extreme weather conditions can change rapidly and without warning; that temperatures in January at Union Glacier can fall below -40 degrees Celsius, with wind chills even lower; that bad weather and aircraft malfunction could strand the expedition for many days; that prolonged exposure to the Antarctic environment can even cause loss of fingers, toes, and body parts due to frostbite, or loss of life due to hypothermia, dehydration and other means.

Furthermore I understand that participating in physical activities such as running in the Antarctic area may, in a worst-case scenario, place me at risk of death from the frigid conditions. I fully understand that I am in a remote region devoid of many medical supplies and facilities, as well as rapid evacuation capabilities.

In consideration of being permitted to participate in this trip, I fully assume responsibility upon myself for such bodily, mental, and financial injuries caused by, but not limited to various surface transportation, accidents, aircraft malfunctions, hazards of travelling in the Antarctic environment, forces of nature, civil unrest, terrorism, and other perils. I  freely assume these and all other risks inherent in this Antarctic Expedition, in exchange for the thrill and adventure of travelling to Antarctica.

Furthermore, I understand that I will undoubtedly suffer from a combination of marathon fatigue, jet lag and sleep deprivation as the event progresses onto the other six continents, all of which may have adverse consequences on my health. The impact of wide temperature fluctuations will also be a factor in impacting my health, with a possible variation of 50 Degrees Celsius at minimum. I fully assume responsibility upon myself for these potential adverse health impacts as well as any bodily, mental, and financial injuries caused by, but not limited to various surface transportation, accidents, aircraft malfunctions, hazards of travelling, forces of nature, delays, civil unrest, terrorism, theft, and other perils.

In addition, I am aware that the exact marathon locations and dates may change from those currently outlined in the intinerary.

I understand the World Marathon Challenge is unique and without comparison to other logistical and physical challenges and there is a real risk the event may not conclude within seven days.

I hereby assume all risks, including those mentioned above, as a result of my participation in the 2018 World Marathon Challenge.

Release from Liability

In consideration of the services of Global Running Adventures, agents, owners, officers, volunteers, participants, employees, sponsors, medical personnel and all other persons, or entities acting in any capacity on their behalf: I hereby agree to release, indemnify, and discharge them, on behalf of myself, my children, my parents, my heirs, assigns, personal representatives and estate as follows:

I release Global Running Adventures Inc. (54th East Street # 3A - Marbella - Panama City - Panama), Polar Running Adventures and all of their agents and representatives or other entities acting on their behalf from any and all liability, actions, causes of actions, suits, debts, and demands that I may have for bodily injury, death, or property damage, loss of income, delays and claims of every sort and nature whatsoever which may arise out of or in connection with my participation in the 2018 World Marathon Challenge.


Global Running Adventures reserves the right to cancel the 2018 World Marathon Challenge if it does not reach a minimum level of participants to make it economically feasible to operate. Competitors in will be informed by 30 June 2017. The refund of all monies received will be the limit of our liability. We will not be liable for other costs incurred by you in preparing for the trip. In the event of a late cancellation of the race due to unforeseen circumstances, Polar Running Adventures agrees to provide the same trip at the next possible opportunity at no additional cost to the competitor.

Governing Law and Jurisdiction

The validity, construction and performance of this Agreement shall be governed in accordance with the laws of the Republic of Panama. The parties hereby irrevocably submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the Republic of Panama as regards any claim, dispute, or matter arising out of, or in connection with this Agreement.


I have carefully read and understand the description, terms, conditions and recommendations of the 2018 World Marathon Challenge and I am participating with a thorough knowledge of the hazards involved. I freely and voluntarily agree to the terms and conditions of the 2018 World Marathon Challenge by signing this contract.


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