WORLD MARATHON CHALLENGE

The World Marathon Challenge ® is a logistical and physical challenge to run seven marathons on seven continents in seven days.

Competitors must run the standard 42.2 km marathon distance in Antarctica, Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe, South America and North America within 168 hours, or seven days. The clock starts when the first marathon begins in Antarctica.  

SUMMARY FACTS ABOUT THE WORLD MARATHON CHALLENGE

  • The World Marathon Challenge ® is the only annual event that offers the opportunity to run 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days.
  • The first marathon occurs within the Antarctic Circle on mainland Antarctica and the final marathon takes place in Miami, North America.
  • The global route is Novo (Antarctica), Cape Town (Africa), Perth (Australia), Dubai (Asia), Lisbon (Europe), Cartagena (South America) and Miami (North America)
  • After the initial marathon in Antarctica, competitors fly by charter plane to every marathon location around the globe.
  • Successful participants are recognised by the Intercontinental Marathon Club ®, which provides the definitive list of people who have run 7 marathons on 7 continents within 7 days.
  • There is a competition element within the trip - the fastest combined marathon times, or average marathon time, for male and female categories are declared the outright winners of the overall challenge.
  • Participants run 295 km (183 miles) over the seven-day period and spend about 48 hours in the air.
  • The Book of Alternative Records recognises 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, 2016 and 2017 World Marathon Challenges were resounding successes.

CURRENT WORLD RECORDS FOR 7 MARATHONS 7 CONTINENTS 7 DAYS

Fastest Average Marathon Time (Men) - Michael Wardian (USA): 2:45:57 hrs

Fastest Average Marathon Time (Women) - Becca Pizzi (USA): 3:55:11 hrs

Fastest Duration (Men) - Richard Donovan (IRL): 4 Days 22 Hours 3 Minutes

Fastest Duration (Women) - Becca Pizzi (USA): 6 Days 7 hours 58 Minutes

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS

First Blind Athlete – Sinead Kane (2017 World Marathon Challenge)

Oldest Person (66 years old) – Glen Avery (2017 World Marathon Challenge)

Fastest Married Couple – Catherine Sun & Eric Xin (2017 World Marathon Challenge)

World Marathon Challenge

The World Marathon Challenge ® is a logistical and physical challenge to run seven marathons on seven continents in seven days. Competitors must run the standard 42.2 km marathon distance in Antarctica, Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe, South America and North America within 168 hours, or 7 days. The clock starts when the first marathon begins in Antarctica.

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