Majed is a husband, a father and in his free time a mountaineer. He has summitted many peaks and already traveled to 6 continents in pursuing his passion: Antarctica will be his seventh. Majed aspires to be the first Emirati to finish the Southernmost Marathon on Earth.
Josh is aiming to join the 7 Continents Marathon Club, having previously completed the Great Wall of China in 2009, New York 2011, Athens 2014, Melbourne 2016, Uganda 2017 and Rio 2018.The Antarctic Ice Marathon will be his 12th international marathon spanning 12 countries. Josh’s first marathon, at age 18 - The Great Wall of China Marathon - raised money for the charity Leukemia Care and the race date was on the 10-year anniversary of his grandfather passing. He won his age category and this sparked his ambition to join the 7 Continents Marathon Club.
Damian’s awesome wife Sandra entered him in his first marathon in 2005, to counteract his love of cheesecakes and KFC. He’s grateful for all the adventurous kilometers he’s jogged since then – he’s loved the challenges, the comradery and the shared experiences running around the world with friends and family.
Salem embarked on a journey to watch all stand-up comedy shows he could get his hands on, notwithstanding the lockdown psychological impact. He stumbled on an Australian comedian doing his piece, and that’s when he first came to know about the "Ice Marathon". Logically the next step for the desert man was to sign-up for the 2022 Antarctic Ice Marathon.
Vasco enjoys running for pleasure. Among is races to date, he has run a half-marathon in the Atacama Desert, the New York Half Marathon, Berlin Marathon, El Cruce de Los Andes (100km), Mountain Do from Praia do Rosa (Trail 23 Km) and also a trek to Everest. He is looking forward to the Antarctic Ice Marathon, remembering that where he lives the temperature rarely drops below 5 degrees.
Chris will join The 7 Continents Marathon Club on completion of the Antarctic Ice Marathon. It not only be his 7th continent, but his 136th lifetime marathon since 2005. Chris has completed all 50 states (some more than once), 22 countries, and six Canadian provinces so far. His average finish time is just over four hours. He did not have an athletic background as a kid and was seriously overweight until his early twenties. With a personal and family history of poor health choices, Chris started running just to lose weight and improve fitness, but this quickly evolved into an "addiction" to marathon running. As his fitness improved and he started doing marathons more frequently, he started traveling more for races and eventually committed to the 50 states goal. After finishing the States in 2015, he focused more on international marathons and the seven continents goal. He likes to travel anyway, so these goals have given him the chance to see parts of the U.S. and the world that he might not have gone to otherwise.
Joan is 51 and lives in Mallorca, “a small island east of mainland Spain that has very nice weather, just like in Antarctica”. The Antarctic Ice Marathon will be his 25th marathon, with the goal of join the 7 Continents Marathon Club (only Australia is missing). He has completed the World Marathon Majors, an Ironman in Klagenfurt Austria, the Great Wall in China, Angkor Wat in Cambodia, and the Big Five Marathon in South Africa, among others. He works in the real estate business and has one boy (23) and two girls (18 and 21), along with a wonderful wife with whom he’ll be running the New York Marathon next November.
Guillermo is a 58-year-old runner that started distance running 20 years ago. His wife, who is a dedicated runner and triathlete, was spending untold hours training so he started running in order to spend more quality time together. The running adventures that they've had are without parallel and will continue to keep them inspired. He has run many races on both trails and roads with the most notable being New York, London, Chicago, Berlin and Tokyo.
David took up running in 2014 as a discipline to smooth his midlife adjustment. Surprisingly to himself and everyone who knew him, he soon fell in love with the sport. The Antarctic Ice Marathon will be David’s 56th full marathon and his goal is to finish 100 before he is 60 years old.
Donald has already completed the North Pole Marathon plus 6 continents. Having gone through three harsh years of Covid, he is now finally coming back to the final stop of the 7 Continents Marathon Club – the Antarctic Ice Marathon. For him, it's not just a challenge, but more importantly a way to carry on his mission of continuing to support youth, “our future leaders”. Donald completed the 250km marathon (MDS Marathon Des Sables) in the Sahara Desert in 2019 for an individual fundraising campaign ‘RUN FOR TEENS’ and successfully raised nearly $40,000 in donations for U-hearts, a nonprofit organization that provides youth development service in HK and mainland China. The Antarctic Ice Marathon is now the second part of his ‘RUN FOR TEENS’ fundraising campaign. All proceeds will go to Uhearts, u-hearts.org, for ongoing youth development programs in 2023.
Chandra is an ER physician from Texas. He initially started running to help with his work stress before setting up a goal to run marathons on all 7 continents. He has completed Europe, Australia, Africa and South America so far. After the Antarctic Ice Marathon, he will reach his goal by running the Tokyo Marathon in March 2023. He wishes good luck to all his running friends in Antarctica.
Brett is from Brisbane, Australia and is running the Ice Marathon to raise funds to help establish a new Women’s Perinatal Mental Health Clinic at the Mater Hospital. Brett is a 6 Majors Marathon Medal Holder, with the Antarctic Marathon being his 9th Marathon, and 5th Continent on his way to joining the 7 Continents Marathon Club.
Cere is a suspension artist, rigger, and bagpiper from New York. He enjoys weightlifting and hiking-- particularly to the high points of various states. He does NOT enjoy running, but he will do nearly anything to prove a point. When Cere was 18, he was in a skydiving accident that put him in a wheelchair for 2 years. Doctors said he would never walk again, so Cere thought it would be funny to take up running once he was physically able. To date, Cere has run marathons in Athens, New York, Rio, Sydney, Cape Town, and on the Great Wall of China. Antarctica will be his 7th of 7 marathons on 7 continents.
Jeanie is a 43-year-old British mother of two, running a marathon on each continent over the duration of her 40s to raise money for two Breast Cancer charities in memory of her cousin. This is Continent 4 and, she imagines, the apex of the challenge!
Dawn is a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) and lives in Tennessee. In 2021, she completed her 10-year journey of running a marathon in all 50 states. She’s now working towards running a marathon on every continent. Antarctica will be her third continent, after finishing Berlin Marathon in September 2022. She loves being outside and enjoys cold weather and is looking forward to the adventure of a lifetime!
Martins is a running enthusiast / marathon tourist from Latvia. In 2022 he completed his World Marathon Majors journey. By finishing Antarctic Ice Marathon, he will join the 7 Continents Marathon Club.
Lukas, from Slovakia, is running his second marathon at the Antarctic Ice Marathon. His longer term goal is o finish all the World Marathon Majors and the 7 continents. He’s really excited for this experience and happy to meet new people.
Michael is 64 years old and a retired emergency physician, living in Colorado. He has enjoyed activities in cold, austere environments. He has also enjoyed running marathons. It seemed appropriate to try both at the same time.
Pedro has always been interested in physical activity, he only started participating in marathons in his 40s. For him, the experience of running is not only satisfying physically but also mentally. The training to be able to carry out a monthly full marathon is hard, but he always maintains a lively social life. On the other hand, he has come to know different cultures thanks to the destinations to which this beautiful sport has taken him. Each race is a new challenge and he’s proud to be able to face it.
Ram is a 54-year-old who has completed 105 marathons and 79 half marathons including marathons in all 50 states in the United States, the North Pole and in 23 countries. The Antarctic Ice Marathon completes his Grand Slam quest. Ram is a hiker and has conquered Aconcagua and Kilimanjaro. Ram is also the Chairperson of MarrowMinded, an USA based non-profit organization registering Asians and other minorities on the National Bone Marrow Registry. Ram's interest in running began in 2002 when he attended an information session for the ‘Team in Training’ marathon fund-raising program (run by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society) after his mentor and MarrowMinded Chairperson Seema Chauhan died of Leukemia. He completed the 2002 Marine Corps marathon in honor of his friend and felt great. Ram met several honored teammates during training, and some of them were being treated for Leukemia and other blood cancer disorders. He made a commitment to run 100 marathons on Christmas Eve 2004 after reading a blog entry posted by his honored teammate’s mom. His honored teammate Alexandra Flowe was back at the hospital and was not doing well. Ram made a prayer for her to be cancer free and in exchange offered to run 100 marathons for her. Alex has been cancer free for the last 17 years and completed her last chemotherapy on June 11, 2005. Ram honored his prayer and commitment and completed his 100th marathon in Jerusalem on March 9, 2018. He also completed the North Pole marathon in 2018 in memory of his father Gnanadesikan Thuthipet while raising funds for the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
Edgar is 33 years old. He took up running in 2017 when he signed up for the Rock N Roll Marathon in Washington, D.C. to have “something to do” on a weekend. He did not prepare as he should have and subsequently finished the marathon in a slow time and excruciating pain. However, he fell in love with the sport of running and has since completed nine marathons and various 10-milers and half marathons—all with actual training and preparation. Edgar’s current goal is to become a member of the 7 Continents Marathon Club, so far having completed four continents—Antarctica being the fifth. He hopes to complete this goal by the end of 2023.
Paul has run the Antarctic Ice Marathon 6 times & The North Pole Marathon 6 times. He ought to be getting the hang of it by now.
Ruairí is 24 years old and the Antarctic Ice Marathon will be his first marathon. If he manages to beat competitor Number 22 it may also be his last.
Xiangyu, a senior partner in a law firm in Shanghai, ran the 2015 Shanghai Marathon, and has since continued to run all Shanghai Marathon editions thereafter. She most recently ran the 2022 Shanghai Marathon on the last Sunday of November, which qualified her again for the Boston Marathon with more than a half-hour margin. Xiangyu has also run marathons in Beijing, Berlin, Chicago, Boston, Hong Kong, as well as some half marathons and a couple of ultra trail races. She’s looking forward to the worlds’ southernmost marathon!
Jon is originally from the UK, but has also lived in Japan, the US and the Cayman Islands. He currently resides in New York City with his wife, Miki, and daughter, Ami. Jon is a keen runner and triathlete. With 5 of the 6 World Marathon Majors under his belt, Jon is scheduled to complete the set at the Tokyo Marathon in 2023. He is also well on his way to joining the 7 Continents Marathon Club. Appealing to Jon’s love of travel and sense of adventure, the Antarctic Ice Marathon in 2022 will round out a year in which Jon also completed the Marathon des Sables.
Chris is a 69-year-old grandmother. She retired from being a headteacher and did her first marathon, London, two days later. Her retirement aim was to get fit enough to enjoy her older age. Health and fitness became her obsession! By 2019 she had become a fully-fledged member of the British 100 Marathon Club. She, and her husband, have also travelled the world as marathon tourists with a view to completing a marathon on all the continents. The Ice marathon will be her 117th marathon and seventh continent, thereby enabling her to join the Seven Continents Marathon Club. This has all been achieved between the ages of 60 to 70. She is currently looking for a new challenge for her 70th decade, who knows what that will be!
Alain, who lives on Reunion Island, has been trail running for over 30 years. Along with football, trail running is a passion that revitalizes him, pushes him to go beyond his limits and makes him travel. Among his races, he has competed in Trail Ylang ylang - 150km – Mayotte (20), Trail de Rodrigues - 38 km – Podium, Marathon Corée du Nord, Semi marathon Paris, Semi-marathon Lac Baïkal Sibérie (2e), Courses au Pérou et en Bolivie (5800m altitude), Trail de minuit (2e), Trail de la Rivière des galets, Trail de la Savane, Trail 974m Trail Arc en ciel and Trail du Grand Ouest. In the Antarctic Ice Marathon, Alain is running for Tiago, a little boy with a rare congenital heart disease and pulmonary hyper-flow.
Kishore started running in 2022 after surgery for a tibial fracture when he ran the London marathon in a kilt with his elementary school friends. He is a resident of California and runs a fintech company. Kishore enjoys adventure travel, is fascinated by Antarctica, and would like to ski to the South Pole in the future. He is looking forward to meeting other runners and enjoying the experience of a lifetime.
Feidhlim is coach to some of Ireland’s top international athletes, including recent 800m European bronze medalist Mark English. His squad of athletes trains under the banner of the Dublin Track Club. The 39-year-old has run 800m in 1:52 and 1500m in 3:53 , but might be relying on some muscle memory when running the Ice Marathon.
Padmaja loves nature, the outdoors, and running and hiking. She has run 5 of the 6 majors including New York, Boston, Berlin, Chicago and Sydney. Her hiking activities include summiting Kilimanjaro, Mount Whitney, Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp and several of the rocky 14ers in Colorado. She is looking forward to running the Antarctic Ice Marathon, having run on six continents so far.
Kristi is a 26-year endurance sport veteran. She has completed 60+ marathons, many ultra distance running events and 30+ Ironman events. Her accomplishments include the Hawaii Ironman World Championship, Boston Marathon qualified / finisher several times, and completing the Majors in 2019. Kristi is an Advertising Agency Executive by day and a sports nutritionist and run coach in her spare time. She loves helping athletes successfully live out their dreams. She and her husband are avid adventure travelers, having traveled to the far reaches of the globe, and are thrilled to soon be able to place Antarctica on that list. While running and adventure feed her spirit, she loves her peaceful life in Laguna Beach with her husband and Border Collie.
Xiuqing comes from Guangzhou, the capital of Canton in China. He says he is not a fast runner but enjoys running and travel. He has completed a multi-day footrace in the Gobi Desert in 2018 and 2019, among some city marathons. Xiuqing is excited to visit the frozen continent and run the southernmost marathon on earth.
Ryan is a PE teacher/cross country/track & field coach. He lives in Tehachapi, California with his wife Phoebe. Ryan has run ~23 marathons including 2 Boston, 1 New York, and about 12 races as a pacer. He had the opportunity to be an extra in the Disney movie McFarland USA and even made the cover. Ryan never passes up an opportunity for an experience or challenge and is looking forward to a great run in Antarctica. A special thanks goes to Daniel Rodriguez of Rodriguez and Associates for the opportunity to take this adventure.
Daniel is 25 years old, from Wichita, Kansas and is running to raise awareness for Suicide Prevention and a Cure for Alzheimer’s. He has completed a handful of 100-mile cycling races over the past couple of years, but this will be his first marathon.
Andrew is from Northern Ireland. He’s competed in a few half marathons with times around 2 hours. This will be his first full marathon. He figured it was a great opportunity to both complete a marathon and visit every continent! Aside from running, he enjoys caving, hiking, swimming, and many other outdoor activities.
Marco is 47 years old and originally from Abruzzo, Italy. He has been living in Galway, Ireland for over 25 years now, with his wife and two kids. Marco took up running at the age of 23 after his older brother Angelo passed away. Angelo was an athlete and loved running and when he passed, Marco began to run with the hope of keeping his brother's memory and passion alive. To this day he has run 72 marathons and ultra-marathons combined. He has also recently completed the six Marathon Majors, ending with Chicago in October 2022. Today, Marco doesn't run a race that’s less than 42 km, the longer he runs the more time he spends with his brother and the pain and work he puts into training brings him lifelong pleasure.
Becca is 42 years old and lives in Belmont MA with her husband Joe and 15-year-old daughter Taylor. Having run, and won, both the 2016 and 2018 editions of the World Marathon Challenge (7 Marathons 7 Continents 7 Days), Becca is beyond excited to run in Antarctica for the 3rd time. Her current goals are to complete a marathon in all 50 states and to run the North Pole Marathon. Becca says she loves these type of marathons, they are life changing, and very well organized endurance competitions.
Joey is 38 and moved to the US from England five years ago. He works in IT and coaches field hockey. He used to play a lot of field hockey, but after moving to the US he took up running to fill the void. He has now raced in all 50 states (varying distances), so buying some gloves and going to Antarctica seemed like the next logical thing to do.
Dean has always enjoyed running as a part of his identity, mainly on the sporting field but now transitioning to road running and other conditions. Eight years on from his late mother’s passing, Dean and his family find ways to honour her legacy of forever living and giving, by pushing themselves mentally and physically - raising money along the way.
Rotem is running his 30th marathon in 30 years and “what a way to top off the 30 years with it being the Ice Marathon in Antarctica!” A huge part of his journey in life is to live on his late mother’s legacy and each year he finds new ways of honouring this by pushing himself both mentally and physically to raise awareness and funding for a cause close to his heart.
Chris describes himself as “Short bloke, big nose, glasses , wears a hearing aid and closer to 80 than 30”. He says he is rarely better than average at anything, not particularly athletic, and not used to the cold… but has a sense of humour and enjoy a challenge. He has completed 14 previous marathons to dates and the Antarctic Ice Marathon will be his 7th continent.
Yayun’s nickname is Paopao, meaning “Run Run”. Taking part in challenging sports such as marathons, cross-country races, and mountaineering makes him happy. Highlights of his travels include summiting Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain, and taking the train from Beijing to Moscow. He is looking forward to the World’s Southernmost Marathon!
Chad is an avid traveler and outdoorsman. He's currently in the midst of completing the 50 States challenge, 38 of 50 States. Although he previously sailed the Southern Ocean, this is a rare opportunity to set foot on Antarctica. The Antarctic Ice Marathon will be his second marathon and second continent in an effort to run a marathon on all the continents. Chad regards it as a fabulous opportunity to continue to see and experience the broad diversity of the world.
Jens currently lives near Philadelphia, USA with his wife and two kids. He is an avid runner and triathlete since the 90s and has finished many endurance races, including two Ironman, a 50 mile ultra marathon and recently the 2022 Ironman 70.3 world championships. He originally signed up for the 2019 North Pole Marathon as a gift for this 50th birthday but never quite made it to the North Pole for various reasons… so he switched his race to the 2022 Antarctic Ice Marathon as his marathon adventure. He is super excited to run this race with all the other marathoners.
Phil lives in Nashville TN, and is married 28 years with 3 kids. He has completed 17 full distance Ironman triathlons, Race Across America, rowed the Atlantic Ocean in 45 days, multiple 100-mile trail runs and is a 3X Spartan Death Race Finisher. The Antarctic Ice Marathon will be his 7th continent. Phil worked for private equity portfolio companies for the last 25 year, played soccer in college, and has an MBA from Vanderbilt University.
Nick is a husband and father from Sydney Australia. He started running as a time-poor new dad but has kept the fire burning: He is hoping to complete the 7 continents with Antarctica being continent number 4.
Sean is 28-years old and an accomplished international athlete in a variety of distances: He’s a sub 4-minute miler, a European Indoor 3000m finalist, a top 10 finisher at the European cross country championships, and a two-time national champion (1500m and 10,000m). The ‘Irish Hammer’ was an athletics scholarship recipient, representing Ole Miss in the USA and helping them to NCAA national championship success. He is looking forward to running his first marathon - in Antarctica of all places - before focusing on qualifying for the Paris Olympics.
Nilo has been a Neurosurgeon based in Cebu City, the Philippines for the past 20 years. Running has been his preferred form of exercise for quite a while. About 7 years ago, the marathon distance became a fad in his area; he completed a local marathon and got the marathon bug as a leisure runner thereafter. He completed the Abbott World Marathon Majors in 2018 running Tokyo, London, Berlin, NYC, Boston and Chicago. He’s finished five out of the 7 continents, namely Asia, Europe, North America, South America, and Australia. The Antarctic Ice Marathon will be his 6th continent and he’s looking forward to finishing this great and exceptional race.
Rahul started running in Chicago after turning 40, and now at 62, Antarctica will be his 62nd Marathon and his 7th Continent. He loves skiing and trekking and did a bit of mountaineering in his college days. He’s a nature lover, loves wildlife and has been to several forests, mainly across India and East Africa. Photography, playing guitar and travel are his other keen interests.
Cyril is a senior-level tennis player and a beginner runner. The Antarctica race is his first time participating as a runner, after going to many different cities on different continents as a cheerer for marathoner David Chen, also running the Ice Marathon. Let’s hope the amazing experience from the southernmost race will enchant him into running.
Petra has run well over 50 marathons and is on her way to get her 7 Continents Club medal. After the Antarctic Ice Marathon, she will run in Queenstown to complete the seven continents. Over the years, Petra has tried triathlons and completed a couple of Ironman races. However, he favorite activity is still running, slow and steady!
Gary, who is from Birmingham, Alabama, ran his first marathon in 2009. Since then, he has run five of the six World Major marathons (Boston, New York, Chicago, London, and Berlin, and he’s coming for Tokyo). He has visited all seven continents as a tourist and in the next few years, Gary plans to circle back to each to join the 7 Continents Marathon Club. In December 2021, his family went to Antarctica on a National Geographic cruise (ask him if anyone wants to see his pictures). Other than running, Gary has enjoyed some amazing trips for fishing, backpacking, and skiing. Professionally, he’s a software entrepreneur. Gary is married to Cathy and father to two grown sons.
Hong started running marathon races around 2010, and has completed about 50 marathons, 3 half marathons and a 100k race so far. She completed the World Marathon Majors at the 2014 Chicago Marathon, making her the first female runner in China to achieve the 6-star goal. She’s excited for the Antarctic Ice Marathon and looks forward to meeting other runners in Antarctica.
Scott lives in Naperville, Illinois, with his wife and two children - twins. He enjoys traveling and running and tries to combine the two as much as possible. He’s visited 50+ countries and has run many shorter distance races around the world. Antarctica will be his 11th marathon and his 7th continent in 7 months. An engineer by training, he’s the SVP of Engineering & Product Management at Resideo Technologies where he leads global product development.