Runners prepare to compete in 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days

Feb 4 2020, 12:00 pm

It is a significant challenge in itself to sign up, train for, and participate in one single marathon.

However, over three dozen athletes are taking it to the extreme and amping up to compete in 7 marathon races on all 7 continents in 7 days — yes, that includes Antarctica.

The World Marathon Challenge will begin in Novolazarevskaya (Novo), Antarctica, on the Arctic Circle, on Thursday, February 6.

“The World Marathon Challenge is the only annual event that offers the opportunity to run 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days,” the official website explains.

The worldwide route features locations in each of the continents: Novo for Antarctica, Cape Town for Africa, Perth for Australia, Madrid for Europe, Dubai for an Asian site, Fortaleza for South America and, finally, Miami for North America.

 

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Following the first race in Antarctica, the competitors will fly to every other location on the global route.

We can’t even get up from the couch to make the journey to the fridge, and here these people are running across the entire world…

Participants who successfully completed all marathons are recognized by the Intercontinental Marathon Club, which supplies a comprehensive record of those who have finished the entirety of the challenge.

As if completing the entire route isn’t enough of a challenge, a competitive element is also incorporated into the journey.

 

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According to the official site, “the fastest combined marathon times, or average marathon time, for male and female categories are declared the outright winners of the overall challenge.”

In total, runners cover 295 km over one week and spend roughly 48 hours flying.

42 runners — 15 women and 27 men — are set to compete.

Multiple world records have been set for the World Marathon Challenge, including Sinead Kane, the first blind athlete to complete it, Dan Little, the oldest man to finish at 76 years old, Flora Lau, the oldest woman to finish at 67 years old, and Catherine Sun and Eric Xin, the fastest married couple.

 

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Those wanting to participate in the 2022 event are required to fill out an application form online and pay the entire entry fee or a deposit.

The full fee is €40,000 ($58,632 CAD). However, the price is reduced to €39,900 ($58,493 CAD) if you make a one-time full payment.

You also have the option to pay in installments.

“An installment payment option requires an initial deposit of €10,500 ($15,395 CAD) to reserve a place in the race field. Three further payments of €10,500 are required at later dates,” the website’s registration page explains.

The race will conclude on February 12 in Miami.