DATE - March 10 and 11, 2017
COURSE - The course will start and finish outside the Russian base and pass near Uruguayan, Chilean and Chinese bases. The course is entirely on dirt roads which often can be muddy. Regular training shoes are sufficient to handle these conditions. The course changes each year based on base operations and road and weather conditions. All runners must be self-sufficient and cannot expect any access to indoor facilities.
WEATHER - Temperatures range from 15F-34F minus the wind chill which can lower it by about 10F. Snow is rare but light flurries are common.
NUMBER PICK-UP - Race check-in and briefing with emphasis on the environmental rules and regulations governing this event will be held at the welcome reception in Buenos Aires. Attendence is mandatory for participation in the race.
SHOES - You will not need any special shoes. A training shoe designed for off-road running is best. Bring two pair since it might be wet and muddy. Racing flats are not a good idea.
STARTING TIME - 9:00 am depending on the weather on race day.
FINISHING TIME - Marathoners must finish under 6 1/2 hours, weather permitting. You must pass the halfway mark in 3 hours 10 minutes. Course marshals have the responsibility to disqualify any runner who might endanger himself through fatigue, hypothermia or dehydration.
AID STATIONS - Drink stations will be positioned at the corners of the course about every 2 miles. You must bring three plastic 16 oz. or 20 oz. water bottles with you. Also, bring any electrolyte replacement fluids that you commonly use. Only water will be available in Antarctica. Portable toilets will be available in tents at the start/finish area and two remote parts of the course. There is no indoor facilities for changing clothes or to stay warm.
AWARDS - Top three overall for males and females in both races. In the marathon: top two in each age category under 40, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70 and over. All finishers will receive a certificate and medallion.