The World Marathon Challenge is a logistical and physical challenge to run 7 Marathons on 7 Continents in 7 Continuous Days, or 168 hours from the start of the first marathon to the finish of the final marathon. In 2021 there will be individual and team competitons within the Challenge.
There have been six editions of the race, each year from 2015 to 2020. In addition, the Event Director ran solo World Marathon Challenges in 2009 and 2012.
Yes, the World Marathon Challenge has a 100% success rate in enabling athletes to run 7 Marathons on 7 Continents in 7 Days, or 168 hours. It is the only event in the world that succeeds every year in making this happen.
Yes, the World Marathon Challenge is a member of the Association of Marathons & Distance Races (AIMS) and individual marathons are sanctioned by various national athletics federations including USATF.
The marathons are scheduled to take place at Novo (Antarctica), Cape Town (South Africa), Perth (Australia), Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Madrid (Spain), Fortaleza (Brazil) and Miami (USA).
Successful participants will run 295 km or 183 miles in total. However, there is also a half-marathon option.
The time limit for each marathon is 8 hours, but can be changed at the discretion of the race director.
The temperatures will likely range from -10C to +30C.
Yes, significant media coverage can be expected. The 2015-220 World Marathon Challenges received extensive exposure on all the main international news channels, along with a globally broadcast documentary on the 2020 event. Furthermore, cameramen and photographers will follow the entire trip with the competitors.
The individual marathons are 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 Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) .
Yes, there will be medical assistance / doctor available throughout the trip.
Competitors will fly on a private business charter plane during the 2021 World Marathon Challenge from Cape Town onward. A different specialist airplane may fly them to and from Antarctica.
The 168-hour timing clock doesn't start until the first marathon commences! When it is certain that a flight can leave Antarctica, the first marathon will start and the countdown will begin. Nevertheless, the 2020 World Marathon Challenge elected to operate the Africa Intercontinental Marathon first when unique weather / logistics reasons dictated it best to fly in and out of Antarctica on the second day.
Competitors in the World Marathon Challenge will spend about 68 hours in the air from the start point in Antarctica to the finish in North America.
Participants will be advised on clothing for Antarctica. Suitable clothing for temperatures ranging from about +5 C to +30 C should be obtained for the other six continents.