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A capacity race field of 53 competitors took part in the 13th running of the southernmost marathon on earth, the Antarctic Ice Marathon, which is the only official marathon within the Antarctic Circle and on the continental landmass. The standard 42.2 km marathon event is a member of the Association of International Marathons & Distance Races (AIMS).

Competitors from 19 countries across the world - Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Israel, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Turkey, and the USA - assembled at Punta Arenas, Chile and were flown to Union Glacier, Antarctica for the race. Windchill temperatures were a cool -25C (-13F) on race day, November 24th, but the underfoot terrain was reasonably compact although energy sapping nonetheless.

The men's competition quickly turned onto a three-way battle between Frank Johansen (DEN), David Weeks (USA) and Gertjan Verdickt (BEL), with the great Dane asserting himself in the latter part of the event to pull away from runner-up Weeks by almost 9 minutes. The first three finishers broke 4 hours, with Johansen posting a winning time of 3:37.46 hrs, Weeks finishing second in 3:46.38 hrs and Verdickt third in 3:56.45 hrs. Johansen capped his victory by also joining The 7 Continents Marathon Club, having previously finished marathon events in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America.

In the women's race, Kelly Allen McLay of the USA overtook fellow countrywoman Megan Lind after the half-way to take victory in a time of 4:56.37 hrs. Turkey's Gulay Varan worked her way through the race field to claim second place in 5:11.18 hrs, with Lind finishing third in 5:16.08 hrs.

In addition to the podium finishers, numerous ice marathoners achieved membership of The 7 Continents Marathon Club having successfully competed a marathon distance on all of the earth's continents. Victor Consunji (PHI) and Vivian Lee (CHN/USA) also joined the Marathon Grand Slam Club by completing marathons on all 7 continents and at the North Pole.

Six athletes also completed the half marathon race to make a fantastic 100% finish rate in this year's marathon and half marathon events.

The 14th edition of the Antarctic Ice Marathon takes place from 12th - 14th December, 2018. See www.icemarathon.com and www.facebook.com/AntarcticIceMarathon for details. Full results of the 2017 Antarctic Ice Marathon are posted below.

Contacts :
Race Director - Richard Donovan - npmarathon@gmail.com  
News Photography - Mark Conlon - mark.conlon@yahoo.co.uk  
News Video - David Painter - dave@hutc.co.uk 

MEN'S MARATHON 

Position First Name Last Name Country Bib No Time
1 Frank Johansen DEN 22 03:37:46
2 David Weeks USA 50 03:46:38
3 Gertjan Verdickt BEL 47 03:56:45
4 Marc De Keyser BEL 12 04:16:40
5 Jake Mercer USA 32 04:33:38
6 Alberto Cardenas PER 9 04:34:32
7 Pal Skyrud NOR 43 04:44:50
8 Rob Vogel USA 49 04:52:18
9 Ron  Ferber USA 14 04:54:09
10 Djalma Gomes de Moura BRA 17 05:01:59
11 Andonis Sakatis GBR 41 05:09:40
12 Andrew Barnes GBR 3 05:10:40
13 Ziv Kolker ISR 25 05:12:44
14 Jason Lamb USA 26 05:15:42
15 David Silverman USA 42 05:27:52
16 Rafal Lasota POL 27 05:34:29
17 Alan Holmes USA 19 05:43:47
18 Victor Consunji PHI 11 05:47:00
19 Detlef Oetter GER 37 05:49:34
20 Paul Vogel USA 48 05:50:26
21 Emre Yedidag TUR /USA 54 05:54:07
22 Chris Bullock USA 6 05:59:14
23 Simon  Michaels GBR 33 06:02:04
23 Carlo Tonini AUS 45 06:02:04
25 Edward Baehrend USA 2 06:06:12
26 Gus Nicoll USA 36 06:10:17
27 Eric Butcher USA 8 06:20:48
28 Peter Ritchie GBR 60 06:27:57
29 Joao Netto POR 35 06:29:36
30 Richard Garland GBR 15 06:39:58
31 Karan Rai USA 39 06:40:51
32 Mark  Edgar USA 13 06:45:13
33 Steve Munson USA 34 06:49:10
34 Andreas Jonsson SWE 23 07:10:06
34 Hakan Jonsson SWE 24 07:10:06
36 Tim Young NZL 55 07:14:39
37 Robert  Gensler USA 16 07:47:12
38 Peter  Lind USA 30 08:56:53

WOMEN'S MARATHON

Position First Name Last Name Country Bib No Time
1 Kelly McLay USA 31 04:56:37
2 Gulay Varan TUR / GBR 46 05:11:18
3 Megan Lind USA 29 05:16:08
4 Anna Wester NED 51 05:20:34
5 Chiara Adin USA 1 05:32:21
6 Azade Yedidag TUR /USA 53 05:54:07
7 Vivian Lee CHN / USA 28 05:55:03
8 Katrin Wolf GER 52 06:14:08
9 Emer Buckley IRL 5 06:23:53
10 Leigh Burton USA 7 06:28:27
11 Jill Jamieson USA 21 06:50:01
12 Anneta Hunt NZL 20 07:14:39
13 Christy Hoke USA 18 08:00:32
13 Sally Orange GBR 38 08:00:32
15 Margaret  Consunji PHI 10 08:56:53

MEN'S HALF MARATHON 

Position First Name Last Name Country Bib No Time
1 Riet Van Der Velde BEL 59 02:30:01
2 Kevin Bouwsema CAN 57 02:32:47
3 Slawomir Szarek POL 44 02:58:12
4 Michael Barnes GBR 4 03:32:54

WOMEN'S HALF MARATHON 

Position First Name Last Name Country Bib No Time
1 Jenny Bouwsema GBR 56 02:45:35
1 Avi Schluter DEN 58 02:45:35