Antarctica Marathon Press Release

Media Contacts:
Thom Gilligan, Marathon Tours & Travel, +1-617-242-7845,
Patrice Malloy. Malloy Marketing Group, +1-760-519-4871,

                              17th Antarctica Marathon & Half Marathon Set For March 12, 2016
                  Notable entrants include 13 globetrotters finishing marathons on all seven continents

Runners from 18 countries spanning six continents will travel to the coldest, windiest and most remote continent on Earth to participate in the 17th Antarctica Marathon & Half Marathon The 26.2- and 13.1-mile footraces are set for March 12, announced Boston-based Marathon Tours & Travel, the event and expedition organizer. A second wave of participants will compete on March 13.

Held on King George Island located off the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, the 26.2- and 13.1-mile races are staged on gravel roads that connect the scientific research bases of Uruguay, Chile, China and Russia. Race-day temperatures can range from 15 to 34 F with wind chills about 10 degrees lower. The chance of heavy snow is rare but light flurries are common.

Traveling to a marathon on what is referred to as the “Last Continent,” is a marathon in itself. Athletes will travel an average of 7,000 miles each to Buenos Aires, Argentina before departing to Ushuaia, Argentina, the southern-most city in the world.  There they will board either the Akademik loffe or Akademik Vavilov, Russian icebreaker ships, for a two-day crossing of the Drake Passage, a body of water that connects the southwestern part of the Atlantic Ocean with the southeastern part of the Pacific Ocean and has earned a place in history as having some of the roughest sea weather on the planet. The entire expedition spans 14 days.

Despite its extreme nature, the Antarctica Marathon & Half Marathon typically sells out two to three years in advance. "Antarctica is hot amongst marathon runners," says Thom Gilligan, race director and expedition leader. "There is a world-wide market of travel-loving marathoners who want to experience the world’s most pristine environment and, in some cases, finish their goal of running a marathon or half-marathon on all seven continents and become members of the prestigious Seven Continents Club."

The Antarctica Marathon & Half-Marathon’s official charity is Oceanites, Inc., a non-profit organization that researches the impact of tourism on Antarctica’s environment. Participants have raised more than $187,000 on behalf of the organization during the past five years. Another large donation is expected in 2016.

For more information on the Antarctica Marathon, please visit, write to or call +1 (617) 242-7845.


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