2008 Antarctic Ice Marathon Competitors
The folowing were the 20 participants in the 4th Antarctic Ice Marathon & 100k held in December 2008.
Miles Cudmore (Great Britain)
A 42-year-old who has run almost 20 marathons since his first one in 2002. Miles also completed the Marathon Grand Slam (marathons on all continents + North Pole) when winning the 2008 Antarctic Ice Marathon. Events completed in his quest to do so were the New Hampshire Marathon (USA), North Pole Marathon (www.cudmores.net), Himalayan Mountain Kingdom Marathon (Bhutan), Thames Path Ultra with the river in full flood (50 miles, UK), Sahara Marathon in the Saharawi refugee camps (Algeria) and a marathon in Sydney (Australia). He also ran the Maraton Costa del Pacifico (Chile) in December just before heading South. Miles was raising funds for Leukaemia Research in memory of his father who died of the disease in October 2008. See www.justgiving.com/miles_antarctic. He has lived and worked in a number of countries and loves travel, the outdoors and encouraging others to take on new challenges. He currently lives in Berkshire and is a Technical Director for an oil company.
Marc de Keyser (Belgium)
A marathoner and Antarctic enthusiast who works as a weather forecaster at Patriot Hills for the 'summer' seasons from November - January. Marc won the 2008 Antarctic 100k, following on his success in winning the 2007 Antarctic Ice Marathon. He ran his first marathon in 1993, the Marathon of the Golden Spurs, in native Belgium. He has since run more than 50 others. Marc has also spent two summer seasons in Rothera, the Research Base of the Britsh Antarctic Survey on the Antarctic Peninsula. While in Rothera, he stayed fit by running laps on the runway. Marc's love of Antarctica and talent for marathon running made him an ideal candidate for the 100km title in 2008.
Kirsi Montonen (Finland)
A 43-year-old entrepreneur who has run various marathons and half-marathons in Scandinavia. Earlier in 2008, Kirsi completed her first ultramarathon, which took place in the Libyan Sahara (195km). She deservedly won the female division of the 2008 Antarctic Ice Marathon.
Pushpa Chandra (Canada)
Participated in over 50 marathons and ultramarathons as well as Ironman Canada. In the year previous to the 2008 Antarctic 100k, Pushpa ran numerous ultramarathons in Vancouver as well as a 100k in Amsterdam, and the Everest Marathon at 17,000 feet. Born in Fiji, Pushpa began running to school every day in order to save her bus fare to buy treats. She was the only female participant in the Antarctic 100k and successfully finished the distance.
Jukka Viljanen (Finland)
A motivational speaker, freelance journalist and adventure runner who has run several ultramarathons in Finland. Prior to the 2008 Antarctic 100k, his most memorable event was the 2007 North Pole Marathon where he ran the marathon (4.34), and subsequently cycled another marathon after a few hours rest (North Pole Bike Extreme). In early 2008, he completed a 195km ultramarathon in the Libyan Sahara. Prior to his current work, Jukka worked for 15 years in the media and advertising industry. Jukka finished second in the 2008 Antarctic 100k.
Andy Tyson (USA)
Angelo Henry (South Africa)
Hopes to become the first South African member of the Marathon Grand Slam Club by running marathons on all seven continents and at the North Pole. To date, Angelo has run a wide variety of marathons, ultramarathons, duathlons and triathlons on six continents. Among them, he has completed the Great Wall of China Marathon, the Comrades Marathon of 89km (twice), the Two Oceans Ultra Marathon (three times) and the South African Ironman Triathlon. Angelo finished third in the 2008 Antarctic Ice Marathon and is also an entrant in the 2009 North Pole Marathon. He is raising money for charity through his particpation in these events. To support him, see www.angelo-northpole-marathon.com
David Nicholls (Great Britain)
Ran 9 road and off-road marathons including New York, Warsaw, London (3 times), Wharfdale Off Road (3 times) plus Lyke Wake (3 times x 42 miles across North York Moors) and now the 2008 Antarctic Ice Marathon. David has aspirations to run the Three Peaks fell race and Comrades in 2009. An article by Steven Seaton in Runner's World UK inspired him to do something different and take part in the Antarctic race. It also afforded him an opportunity to raise funds for the Zambia Society Trust, a charity that David and his wife Andrea support having spent 2 years in Zambia in the mid-1980s. See www.zambiasocietytrust.org.uk.
Michael Otis (USA)
A mountaineer who has reached the summit of Everest via the North Side. Mike climbed the highest mountain in Antarctica, Vinson Massif, immediately prior to running the Antarctic Ice Marathon. He had no rest after the 16,345 ft ascent before successfully completing the 26.2 mile distance.
Jeff Rutherford (USA)
A 41-year-old criminal defense lawyer from Los Angeles, California. An avid long-distance and trail runner, Jeff completed six marathons, including the Boston Marathon and the 2007 North Pole Marathon, prior to travelling to Antarctica. Jeff ran the Ice Marathon with his father-in-law, MJ Kim.
Sean McAulay (Great Britain)
Patrick Waller (Great Britain)
Ran his first marathon in London in 2002, and has now completed marathons in Berlin, Rome, Chicago, New York, and Venice amongst others. He also ran (shuffled) the 2007 North Pole Marathon prior to Antarctica. He is aiming to complete the Marathon Grand Slam in 2009 so that his family have something to read out at his funeral. The Antarctic Ice Marathon was marathon number 13, with Marrakesh at the end of January and Japan later in 2009 to complete the Grand Slam. Other than marathon running, Patrick enjoys adventure racing, and anything else where people get to question his sanity. He is a keen helicopter pilot in his remaining spare time.
Rafael Munar Pons (Spain)
Completed 19 marathons, 44 half-marathons and various road and cross-country events around the world. After successfully running in the Antarctic, Rafael only needs to complete a marathon in Asia to achieve one on all seven continents. His ultimate goal, however, is to complete the Marathon Grand Slam by adding the North Pole Marathon to his expanding list, thereby belonging to the group of runners completing the 7+1. Rafael is also planning to run the Marathon des Sables and the weather conditions at his home in Mallorca will certainly be more suited for such preparation than for training for the Ice Marathon. Rafaelís logistical guide when travelling is his wife Mariska, who also successfully took part in the 2008 Antarctic Ice Marathon.
Molly Loomis (USA)
Stuart Driver (Great Britain)
Ran a number of marathons around the world over a period of 19 years. Stuart finished the 2008 Antarctic Ice Marathon and will also take part in the 2009 North Pole Marathon.
Myung Joon (MJ) Kim (USA / South Korea)
A 65-year-old businessman from Los Angeles, California. MJ is an avid hiker and moutaineer, who (at the age of 63) became the oldest person to complete the Seven Summits (highest peaks on each continent), including Mt. Everest on May 19, 2006. He is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for this feat. MJ is also a dedicated runner, who has completed over 25 marathons, including marathons on the North Pole and in Europe, Asia, Australia, South America and now Antarctica. His goal is to complete the Marathon Grand Slam, which he will achieve after finishing a marathon in Africa. He ran the Ice Marathon with his son-in-law, Jeff Rutherford.
Delbert Baker (USA)
Ran 13 marathons in 13 different states in the USA in 2008. Delbert, an African American President of Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama, has now completed 37 marathons in total. His marathons have not only encompassed 28 different states, but also six of the seven continents. He is undoubtedly targeting all seven continents and all 50 states as he raises scholarship funds for students at a private Christian, historically Black university in the southern part of the United States. Delbert ran a marathon in Santiago, South America, only a week before completing the Ice Marathon in Antarctica.
Mariska Anderegg (Netherlands)
A Dutch woman who moved to Spain 20 years ago, running away from the cold into the warmth of Mallorca. Although running is not her favourite sport, she generally enjoys races up to 10km. Mariska also likes to travel around the world and organises trekking and marathon trips for herself and husband Rafael, who also competed in the Antarctic. In February 2007, she tried to reach the top of the Aconcagua in Argentina, but snowstorms obliged her to abort at 5000 metres altitude. Mariska successfully attempted the marathon distance in Antarctica, finishing third female.
Frank Staples (Great Britain)
Completed 35 marathons on all seven continents to date. In 2007, Frank also joined the Marathon Grand Slam Club (marathons on all seven continents + North Pole Marathon) A retired insurance broker for Lloyds, Frank is now 68-years-old and still running strong. Among his marathons so far, he has run nine London Marathons as well as New York, Boston, Sydney, Moscow, Phuket, North Pole, Fin del Mundo and Hawaii. Frank ran the half-marathon ditsance in Antarctica and then flew to the South Pole. He has now stood at both the North and South Poles.
Peter Ferris (Ireland), Wayne Pollock (Ireland)