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Cartica and Pizzi win 2016 World Marathon Challenge

The USA dominated the 2016 World Marathon Challenge with Dan Cartica winning the men's competition and Becca Pizzi taking the women's title, both setting new world records in the process. 

The event began in Union Glacier, Antarctica, just a few hundred miles from the South Pole, on 23 January at 08:34 Sydney time. The fifteen competitors from seven countries - Australia, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Morocco, Singapore and the USA - had the task of finishing 7 marathons on 7 continents within 7 days, thereby requiring that they finish by 08:34 in Sydney, Australia on 30 January. In between Antarctica and Australia, the athletes would run marathons at Punta Arenas (South America), Miami (North America), Madrid (Europe), Marrakech (Africa) and Dubai (Asia).

route mapUS marines, Dan Cartica and Calum Ramm dominated the men's competition from the outset. The duo's supremacy was only challenged on one occasion by Australia's James Alderson, who won the Dubai leg of the Challenge. On the other legs, Cartica and Ramm would finish together in joint first position in Antarctica, Madrid, Marrakech and Sydney. Although Cartica won outright in Punta Arenas and Ramm won outright in Miami, it was the Asian leg in Dubai, the sixth of the seven marathons, that gave Cartica an almost unassailable time advantage over Ramm. With the outright victor determined by the fastest cumulative marathon time over the seven legs, Cartica opened up almost 16 minutes on Ramm, who was suffering the effects of a foot injury.

Cartica finished in a cumulative marathon time of 24 hours 46 minutes 56 seconds, or an average marathon time of 3:32:25 hrs, to set a new world record on finishing in Sydney. Ramm was second with an average time of 3:34:48 hrs with Japan's Yusuke Mamada in third place.

Meanwhile, Becca Pizzi dominated every leg of the female competition, running an incredible average time of 3:55:11 hrs over the 7 marathon races. In addition to setting a new world record for fastest cumulative marathon time of 27 hours 26 minutes 15 seconds, her overall time period for finishing the seven marathons on seven continents, at 6 days 18 hours 38 minutes, was also a new world record. Demelza Farr (AUS / GBR) finished in second position with Heather Hawkins (AUS) close behind in third place. 

All competitors had reason to celebrate in Sydney as there was a remarkable 100% success rate in finishing the marathons within 7 days. This achievement followed on the 100% success rate in the inaugural World Marathon Challenge in 2015. 

A large fan base followed updates and photos in real time throughout the week on Facebook at www.facebook.com/theworldmarathonchallenge.

Full results are posted below:

 

Men's Results

Name Nat Rank Antarctica S America N America Europe Africa Asia Australia Average
Daniel Cartica USA 1 03:31:43 03:12:46 03:28:49 03:39:28 03:33:38 03:42:02 03:38:30 3:32:25
Calum Ramm USA 2 03:31:43 03:13:18 03:28:48 03:39:28 03:33:38 03:58:11 03:38:30 3:34:48
Yusuke Mamada JPN 3 05:21:48 04:30:12 04:20:25 04:19:08 04:13:41 04:37:03 04:14:53 4:31:01
James Alderson AUS 4 04:36:08 04:13:18 04:17:10 04:53:57 04:56:16 03:39:50 05:15:32 4:33:10
Robert Weeks USA 5 05:16:01 04:22:49 04:00:06 04:35:42 04:53:19 04:56:57 04:48:52 4:41:58
Hassan Baraka MOR 6 05:29:13 04:37:09 04:24:15 04:46:22 04:31:32 04:41:52 04:29:20 4:42:49
Stefan Aumann GER 7 05:44:49 04:59:48 04:28:03 04:55:54 05:50:40 04:43:35 04:32:17 5:02:09
Patrick Fallon USA 8 05:47:53 04:52:32 05:34:17 05:33:44 05:50:40 04:19:49 03:53:21 5:07:28
Boon Ong SIN 9 06:01:28 04:21:01 04:52:20 05:27:30 05:59:28 04:57:49 05:14:35 5:16:19
Phing Ong SIN 10 06:01:28 05:04:14 04:52:20 05:27:30 05:59:28 05:45:27 05:01:41 5:27:27
Masao Maki JPN 11 05:51:33 05:27:26 05:20:26 05:54:55 05:35:53 05:37:54 04:25:04 5:27:36

Women's Results

Name Nat Rank Antarctica S America N America Europe Africa Asia Australia Average
Becca Pizzi USA 1 03:57:19 03:44:18 03:41:20 03:48:59 03:50:47 04:14:41 04:08:51 3:55:11
Demelza Alderson AUS/GBR 2 04:36:08 04:13:18 04:17:10 04:53:57 04:56:16 05:24:56 05:15:32 4:48:11
Heather Hawkins AUS 3 05:18:49 04:47:08 04:46:12 05:03:41 05:03:44 05:18:48 04:39:21 4:59:40
Sarah Ames GER/USA 4 06:52:29 06:24:35 06:04:10 06:35:10 06:30:31 06:18:26 06:38:14 6:29:05

 

Current Records after 2016 World Marathon Challenge

Fastest Male Time Frame - Richard Donovan (IRL): 4 Days 22 Hours 3 Minutes.

Fastest Cumulative Marathon Time (Male) - Dan Cartica (USA): 24 hrs 46 minutes 56 seconds (average marathon = 3:32:25 hrs)

Fastest Female Time Frame - Becca Pizzi (USA) - Becca Pizzi (USA): 6 Days 18 hours 38 Minutes.

Fastest Cumulative Marathon Time (Female) - Becca Pizzi (USA): 27 hrs 26 minutes 15 seconds (average marathon = 3:55:11 hrs)