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Cool Runnings in Antarctic Ice Marathon & 100k

December 17, 2009

The southernmost marathon and ultramarathon races on earth have concluded at Patriot Hills, Antarctica with wins for Ireland, the USA and Australia.

Nineteen competitors from eleven countries took part in the fifth Antarctic Ice Marathon & 100k, which is operated at 80 Degrees South latitude in the interior of the frozen continent. The participants encountered sub-zero temperatures, 24 hours of daylight and challenging underfoot terrain.

The 100km race took place on 14th December where Richard Donovan (IRL) secured the title for the third time ahead of Mark Fell (GBR). It was Donovan’s slowest time to date as snowfall ensured the conditions were akin to running on sand. With -14C wind chill temperatures and several lengthy inclines on the course, it was a particularly grueling challenge on this occasion.

On the following day, the men’s marathon (42.2km) proved to be a very exciting duel between Jason Wolfe (USA) and Mark de Keyser (Belgium). The terrain over the first half of the marathon route remained quite soft, but clear blue skies, brilliant sunshine and astonishing scenery provided great respite for the competitors. Wolfe, a triathlete and mountaineer from Chicago, gained control over the final 15km to win convincingly in a time of 4:46:50 hrs. He received a Kobold expedition watch for his victory.

The women’s marathon title was won by Richelle Turner (AUS) who finished ahead of compatriot Sharyn Fitzgerald. Turner led from start to finish.

For several of the competitors in the marathon, namely, Jacques Fox (LUX), Gregory McCarthy (USA), Peter Jensen (DEN) and Jarowlaw Rajtar (POL), the event was the finale of running seven marathons on seven continents. Helmut Linzbichler (AUS) completed the race after scaling Antarctica’s highest peak to become the oldest person in the world to complete the seven summits (the highest mountain on each continent).

The Antarctic Ice Marathon and 100k are the only official footraces within the Antarctic Circle. The marathon is a member of the Association of International Marathons & Distance Races (AIMS) and the 100km race is an International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) labelled event.

The next Antarctic Ice Marathon & 100k trip takes place from 10th – 18th December 2010. See www.icemarathon.com for details.

men's Marathon

rank
first name
last name
nationality
time
bib nº
01
Jason
Wolfe
united states
4:46:50 hrs
02
Marc de
Keyser
belgium
4:58:20 hrs
03
Mark
Parnell
great britain
5:55:59 hrs
04
Jacques
Fox
luxembourg
6:07:02 hrs
05
Gavin
Melgaard
australia
6:58:09 hrs
06
Manuel
Sessink
netherlands
7:17:41 hrs
07
Dennis
Gonzalez
united states
7:57:14 hrs
08
Jaroslaw
Rajtar
poland
8:01:28 hrs
09
Terry
Denham
great britain
8:13:24 hrs
10
Helmut
Linzbichler
austria
8:28:15 hrs
11
Tony
Lombardo
united states
8:34:01 hrs
12
Gregory
McCarthy
united states
8:36:20 hrs
13
Peter
Jensen
denmark
8:49:29 hrs
14
Anders
Pettersson
brazil
10:51:11 hrs

WOmen's Marathon

rank
first name
last name
nationality
time
bib nº
01
Richelle
Turner
australia
6:23:34 hrs
02
Sharyn
Fitzgerald
australia
7:09:42 hrs
03
Stefanie
Pettersson
brazil
27:38:00 hrs

men's HALF Marathon

rank
first name
last name
nationality
time
bib nº
No items found.

wOmen's half Marathon

rank
first name
last name
nationality
time
bib nº
No items found.

tEAM COMPETITION

rank
first name
last name
nationality
time
bib nº
No items found.

wHEELCHAIR Marathon

rank
first name
last name
nationality
time
bib nº
No items found.

HANDCYCLE Marathon

rank
first name
last name
nationality
time
bib nº
No items found.

men's 10K

rank
first name
last name
nationality
time
bib nº
No items found.

WOmen's 10K

rank
first name
last name
nationality
time
bib nº
No items found.

men's 5K

rank
first name
last name
nationality
time
bib nº
No items found.

men's 100K

ANTARCTIC 100 KM

rank
first name
last name
nationality
time
bib nº
01
Richard
Donovan
ireland
18:59:56 hrs
02
Mark
Fell
great britain
32:30:38 hrs

WOmen's 100K

rank
first name
last name
nationality
time
bib nº
No items found.

100 MILE POLAR CENTENARY RUN

rank
first name
last name
nationality
time
bib nº
No items found.

men's antarctic triathlon

rank
first name
last name
nationality
time
bib nº
No items found.

* Michael Smith (AUS) - completed marathon

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