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What is the World Marathon Challenge?

The World Marathon Challenge is a logistical and physical challenge to run 7 Marathons on 7 Continents in 7 Days. There is also a half marathon option.

What are the 7 continents?

The 7 Continents are Antarctica, Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe, South America and North America.

Who is organising the World Marathon Challenge?

The Challenge is organised by Global Running Adventures / Polar Running Adventures, organisers of the North Pole Marathon ®, Volcano Marathon ®, and Antarctic Ice Marathon & 100k ®. The Event Director is Richard Donovan. See the 'About Us' section for more information.

Where can I register for the 2018 World Marathon Challenge?

You register on this website for the 2018 World Marathon Challenge at 2018 REGISTRATION.

What date is the 2018 event scheduled to begin?

The first marathon is scheduled to occur on 30th January, 2018. See 'SCHEDULE AND PRICES' for more details. 

How much does it cost to take part?

In 2018, the entire trip, including the seven marathons on seven continents, VIP charter flight with lie-flat seats, and all related support is EUR 36,000. See 'SCHEDULE AND PRICES' for more details.

Are places limited?

Yes, places are limited for the World Marathon Challenge and alloted on a first come first served basis.

Where will the 2018 marathons take place?

The marathons will take place at Novo (Antarctica), Cape Town (South Africa, Africa), Perth (Australia), Dubai (United Arab Emirates, Asia), Lisbon (Portugal, Europe), Cartagena (Colombia, South America) and Miami (USA, North America).

Can the dates be guaranteed?

No, the exact start date cannot be guaranteed because of the possibility of weather delays in Antarctica. However, contingency plans have been arranged to ensure the seven-day schedule can be reached regardless of a delay in starting the Challenge.

Are the Falkland Islands, King George Island or the South Shetland Islands part of the continent of Antarctica?

No, these Islands are not even located within the Antarctic Circle nor on the Antarctic continental landmass or Antarctic Tectonic Plate / geographic continental shelf. See the 'CONTINENTS' section of this website for definitions and details of each continent.

Will the Antarctica leg actually take place on the continent of Antarctica? 

Yes, the 2018 Antarctica leg will take place at Novo, Antarctica, which is 6 hours flight directly south of Cape Town. Novo is located at 71 Degrees South, within the Antarctic Circle and on the Antarctic continental landmass.

Why does the event start in Antarctica rather than finish in Antarctica?

There is always a possiblity of weather delays when flying to or from Antarctica and it would be foolish to leave it as the final destination.

How long do I spend flying?

Competiors in the World Marathon Challenge will spend about 48 hours in the air from the start point in Antarctica to the finish in North America.

What total distance will I run during the World Marathon Challenge?

Successful participants will run 295 km or 183 miles in total.

What exactly happens if there is a delay in Antarctica?

The timing clock doesn't start until the first marathon commences! When it is certain that a flight can leave Antarctica the first marathon wil start and the countdown will begin.

How do I get to the starting point in Antarctica?

Participants will meet in Cape Town, South Africa a couple of days before the first marathon is scheduled to begin. As part of the registration fee, competitors will be flown from Cape Town to Novo Station, Antarctica. 

Will there be media coverage of the World Marathon Challenge?

Yes, significant media coverage can be expected. Furthermore, cameramen and photographers will follow the entire trip with the competitors. The 2015, 2016 and 2017 World Marathon Challenges recieved extensive exposure on all the main international news channels.

Can I join The 7 Continents Marathon Club?

Participants who succeed in running 7 marathons on 7 continents can join The 7 Continents Marathon Club™. This club is reserved for those who have run a marathon within the Antarctic Circle on the Antarctic Continent as well as on the other six continents. See The 7 Continents Marathon Club for membership requirements and Members of the 7 Continents Marathon Club for the definitive list of 7 continents marathoners.

Can I join the exclusive Intercontinental Marathon Club?

Successful participants will join the very exclusive Intercontinental Marathon Club ®,  reserved for those who have run 7 Marathons on 7 Continents within 7 Days. 

Who organises the individual marathons on each continent?

The individual marathons will be 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 Assoication of International marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) .

Will there be medical assistance?

Yes, there will be medical assistance / doctor available throughout the trip.

What type of flights will we take?

Competitors in 2018 will be flying in business class seats on a charter plane.

Is there a competition aspect to the World Marathon Challenge?

Yes, the fastest average marathons times for the 7 marathons will be declared the outright winners in male and female categories.

What is the time limit for each marathon? 

The time limit for each marathon is 8 hours.

What are the temperature variations?

The temperatures will likely range from -10 C to +25 C.

What gear should I wear? 

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.