The World Marathon Challenge ® 2025 offers the opportunity to run 7 Marathons on 7 Continents in 7 Days.
World Marathon Challenge 2025 Schedule & Destinations
Jan 28 Latest Arrival at Cape Town, South Africa
Jan 29 Race Director Briefing
Jan 30 Pre-Departure Briefing
Jan 31 Marathon in Antarctica
Feb 1 Marathon in Cape Town
Feb 2 Marathon in Perth
Feb 3 Marathon in Dubai
Feb 4 Marathon in Madrid
Feb 5 Marathon in Fortaleza
Feb 6 Marathon in Miami
* Every effort will be made to keep to the scheduled departure and end date, but all flights are subject to weather, aircraft serviceability and local conditions.
Entry Fee for World Marathon Challenge 2025
The entry fee of EUR €42,000 (€39,900 if paying in full upon registration) includes
- Flight by specialist jet from Cape Town to Novo, Antarctica - the location of the first marathon.
- Professionally organized marathon events at Novo, Cape Town, Perth, Dubai, Madrid, Fortaleza and Miami.
- International charter flights to each of the marathon locations.
- Contingency plans and arrangements to cater for weather delays in Antarctica to meet a 7-day schedule.
- Accommodation in Dubai or Madrid if feasible during the trip
- Meals provided on charter flights
- Aid / Food / Drinks stations at each event as per any standard marathon
- Medical support throughout the trip.
- Shower facilities at each location except Antarctica
- Carbon offsets for all flights
- Professional video footage and photos of the World Marathon Challenge for personal / private use.
- Medals, t-shirts, souvenirs and merchandise related to the World Marathon Challenge
*Please note: The entry fee does NOT include flights from your homeland to Cape Town, accommodation in Cape Town, or your flight home from Miami at the end of the Challenge. Participants are also responsible for their own food outside of charter flights.
All participants should be in excellent health and capable of completing the World Marathon Challenge and have appropriate clothing including antarctic wear. Please consult with your doctor before entering the 2025 World Marathon Challenge.
FUEL PRICE INCREASE SURCHARGE
Should the cost of fuel to increase by more than 7% between May 1st 2023 and the actual date of departure of the 2025 World Marathon Challenge, Runbuk shall be entitled to charge participants a fuel price increase surcharge.
A one-off payment of EUR €39,900 to firmly secure place will be accepted upon initial registration. Alternatively, a EUR €14,000 deposit to reserve a place will be accepted. This deposit should be followed by two additional installment payments of EUR €14,000 payable by 30th January 2024 and 30th June 2024.
The preferred method is by bank wire transfer: contact Oliver Wang at email@example.com for the relevant bank details. Bank transfer costs should be paid by the sender.
- Cancellations before 30th January 2024 can be charged €1,000.
- Cancellations from 30th January 2024 to 30th June 2024 can be charged €28,000.
- Cancellations after 30th June 2024 can be charged the full entry fee.
Please note: It is recommended to obtain trip cancellation insurance in case you need to cancel your trip through unforeseen circumstances. In the event of withdrawal by a participant, however, every effort will be made to find a replacement competitor rather than charge any fee. A withdrawing competitor may also directly transfer his or her place to another person, but we will not undertake to transfer your entry to a future year.
There are no passports or travel documents required for Antarctica. However, participants must have a valid passport beyond their date of return and the appropriate visa documents (if required for their nationality) for all other destinations on the trip: South Africa, Australia, United Arab Emirates, Spain, Brazil and the USA. The organizers will assist with supplying any supporting documentation necessary for visas if requested. Participants will also need to adhere to Covid-19 policies for each destination, which may include vaccination certificates and PCR tests.
Trip Cancellation / Travel / Medical Insurance
Each participant is responsible for their own insurance to cover trip cancellation and interruption. For example, you may get injured and need to cancel your trip. Furthermore, weather-related delays and other delays can occur in such an extreme environment and the organizers cannot be held responsible for such disruption. Participants are responsible for their own travel / medical insurance for the World Marathon Challenge trip in case of a medical emergency or otherwise.
There are limits to how much baggage each participant can bring. The baggage allowance traveling to Antarctica is 25kg. The standard business class baggage allowance is 2 x 23kg.
Use of Image
I understand that during the World Marathon Challenge or in related activities, I may be photographed, filmed, and/or videotaped. I agree to allow my name, photo, video or film likeness to be used for any legitimate promotional purpose by the event holders, producers, sponsors, organizers and assigns.
I certify that I will have adequate insurance to cover unanticipated trip cancellation /interruption, and any injury or damage that may occur on the trip, or which I may suffer while participating, or else I agree to bear the costs of such injury or damage myself and do not hold the organizers responsible for same.
Voluntary Participation and Assumption of Risk
I acknowledge that I have voluntarily applied to participate in the World Marathon Challenge 2025 and that I have carefully read and understand the description, terms, conditions and recommendations of the expedition. I am participating in this trip with full knowledge of the hazards involved in such an endeavor. I also realize that the dates of the trip and locations may change from those specified on this form.
I also understand that Runbuk, Inc. works with a specialist polar logistics company in the organization of the marathon in Antarctica and that I may be required to complete their standard polar travel forms and agree to their conditions.
I understand that Antarctica is the most remote and one of the most inhospitable and undeveloped regions of the planet. Logistics problems are enormous, the weather ferocious and unpredictable. Delays of days or even weeks must be anticipated.
I understand that the risks of traveling and competing in the Antarctic include, without limitation, extreme weather conditions can change rapidly and without warning; that temperatures in January at Novo can fall below -40 degrees Celsius, with wind chills even lower; that bad weather and aircraft malfunction could strand the expedition for many days; that prolonged exposure to the Antarctic environment can even cause loss of fingers, toes, and body parts due to frostbite, or loss of life due to hypothermia, dehydration and other means.
Furthermore I understand that participating in physical activities such as running in the Antarctic area may, in a worst-case scenario, place me at risk of death from the frigid conditions. I fully understand that I am in a remote region devoid of many medical supplies and facilities, as well as rapid evacuation capabilities.
In consideration of being permitted to participate in this trip, I fully assume responsibility upon myself for such bodily, mental, and financial injuries caused by, but not limited to various surface transportation, accidents, aircraft malfunctions, hazards of traveling in the Antarctic environment, forces of nature, civil unrest, terrorism, and other perils. I freely assume these and all other risks inherent in this Antarctic Expedition, in exchange for the thrill and adventure of traveling to Antarctica.
Furthermore, I understand that I will undoubtedly suffer from a combination of marathon fatigue, jet lag and sleep deprivation as the event progresses onto the other six continents, all of which may have adverse consequences on my health. The impact of wide temperature fluctuations will also be a factor in impacting my health, with a possible variation of 50 Degrees Celsius at minimum. I fully assume responsibility upon myself for these potential adverse health impacts as well as any bodily, mental, and financial injuries caused by, but not limited to various surface transportation, accidents, aircraft malfunctions, hazards of traveling, forces of nature, delays, civil unrest, terrorism, theft, and other perils.
In addition, I am aware that the exact marathon locations and dates may change from those currently outlined in the itinerary.
I understand the World Marathon Challenge 2025 is unique and without comparison to other logistical and physical challenges and there is a real risk the event may not conclude within seven days and will not hold the organizers responsible for same..
I hereby assume all risks, including those mentioned above, as a result of my participation in the World Marathon Challenge 2025.
Release from Liability
In consideration of the services of Runbuk, Inc, agents, owners, officers, volunteers, participants, employees, sponsors, medical personnel and all other persons, or entities acting in any capacity on their behalf: I hereby agree to release, indemnify, and discharge them, on behalf of myself, my children, my parents, my heirs, assigns, personal representatives and estate as follows:
I release Runbuk, Inc. (Burlingame CA USA) and all of its agents, representatives and other entities acting on their behalf from any and all liability, actions, causes of actions, suits, debts, and demands that I may have for bodily injury, death, or property damage, loss of income, delays and claims of every sort and nature whatsoever which may arise out of or in connection with my participation in the World Marathon Challenge 2025.
Runbuk, Inc. reserves the right to cancel the 2025 World Marathon Challenge if it does not reach a minimum level of participants to make it economically feasible to operate. The refund of all monies received will be the limit of our liability. We will not be liable for other costs incurred by you in preparing for the trip. In the event of a late cancellation of the race due to unforeseen circumstances, Runbuk, Inc. agrees to provide the same trip at the next possible opportunity at no additional cost to the competitor.
Governing Law and Jurisdiction
The validity, construction and performance of this Agreement shall be governed in accordance with the laws of the Republic of Ireland. The parties hereby irrevocably submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the Republic of Ireland as regards any claim, dispute, or matter arising out of, or in connection with this Agreement.
I have carefully read and understand the description, terms, conditions and recommendations of the 2025 World Marathon Challenge and I am participating with a thorough knowledge of the hazards involved. I freely and voluntarily agree to the terms and conditions of the 2025 World Marathon Challenge by signing this contract.