World Marathon Challenge - 7 Marathons 7 Continents 7 Days
Welcome to the 2016 World Marathon Challenge ®. This event is an amazing logistical and physical challenge to run seven marathons on seven continents in seven days, which follows on the outstanding success of our inaugural event in January 2015.
Participants will fly to Union Glacier, Antarctica, deep within the Antarctic Circle, to begin their challenge of a lifetime. After the first marathon commences on the 'Frozen Continent' on 26h January 2016, there will be a mere 168 hours left to complete the World Marathon Challenge.
During this seven-day time period, competitors must run standard 42.2km (26.2 miles) marathon distances at Union Glacier (Antarctica), Punta Arenas (Chile), Miami (USA), Madrid (Spain), Marrakech (Morocco), Dubai (United Arab Emirates) and Sydney (Australia). In doing so, they will complete seven marathons on the planet's seven continents: Antarctica, South America, North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.
At each location, local running experts will ensure the marathons are the correct distance on custom courses. Among them will be Dave Cundy, the Vice President of the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS), who measured the Sydney and Beijing Olympic Marathon courses.
Competitors will undoubtedly suffer from marathon fatigue, jet lag and sleep deprivation as the event progresses. The impact of wide temperature fluctuations will also be a factor in success or failure, with a possible variation of 50 Degrees Celsius. However, the competitors will be in good hands as the logistics of the World Marathon Challenge are organised by Polar Running Adventures, the organisers of the North Pole Marathon ®, Antarctic Ice Marathon ® and Volcano Marathon ®.
Although running 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days will be the ultimate success, there is also a competition element within the 2016 World Marathon Challenge. The fastest combined marathon times for male and female runners (or average marathon time) will be recognised by the Book of Alternative Records for world record purposes.
Join Event Director, Richard Donovan, on this amazing challenge. Places are limited to 12 for the 2016 World Marathon Challenge. All finishers will be eligible to join both The 7 Continents Marathon Club™ and the exclusive Intercontinental Marathon Club ®, reserved for athletes who have run 7 Marathons on 7 Continents within 7 Days.