Antarctic Ice Marathon is real Antarctica!
Please note that the Antarctic Ice Marathon is a world class event that takes place each November in the interior of the Antarctic. There is absolutely no relationship between the race and other events that take place on King George Island in the South Shetland Islands in February / March.
- The Antarctic Ice Marathon & 100k incorporate the southernmost half-marathon, marathon and ultramarathon races in the world, respectively.
- The Antarctic Ice Marathon & 100k races are the only official running events within the Antarctic Circle on mainland Antarctica.
- The Antarctic Ice Marathon is a proper 5-day trip to the ice, with medical support, logistical back-up, professional photography and tv coverage.
- The sister race of the Antarctic Ice Marathon is the North Pole Marathon, which is the northernmost marathon in the world.
- Participants in the Antarctic Ice Marathon are eligible to join the Seven Continents Marathon Club and the North Pole Marathon Grand Slam Club.
- The Antarctic Ice Marathon is a full member of the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) and the 100km is also an International Association of Ultra Runners labelled event.
- In 2012, there were over 50 participants from 16 countries represented.
- The Marathon Flame was brought to Antarctica for the 2012 event by UNICEF ambassador Nasos Ktoridis.
- Mike King, a leading international sports photographer, photograped the 2012 races.
- David Painter, Hot Under the Collar Productions, distributed 2012 news video globally.
- The 2012 Ice Marathon races were electronically timed by David Wade, Precision Timing.
COMPARISON WITH OTHER EVENTS
Other races near the Antarctic continent take place in the more temperate climate of the South Shetland Islands, including the inhabited King George Island (between the coast of South America and Antarctica). Marathon courses in these locations encompass mud and stone trails with little or no snow and ice, and competitors can experience temperatures well above zero degrees centigrade. A new race executed in February 2013 had many competitors 'finish' their King George Island event in Chile because the flight had to take off before they completed the distance. The official results of the race subtracted the flying time back to South America and had no reference to the completion of the event in South America (see video footage of the finish in Punta Arenas here and a first hand account of the event here). In short, there is simply no comparison with the Antarctic Ice Marathon & 100k.