About Us

About Us

Founded by runner and travel visionary Thom Gilligan in 1979, Marathon Tours & Travel (MTT) is a longstanding recognised leader and innovator in the destination travel industry for runners and their supporters.   With offices in Boston, Manchester and Adelaide, we are truly a global running travel company.

We offer trips to many marathons and other running events, including the Abbott World Marathon Majors, which consist of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon, TCS Money London Marathon, TCS New York City Marathon, BMW Berlin Marathon, Bank of America Chicago Marathon and the Tokyo Marathon.

Marathon Tours & Travel is additionally an event management company.  We created and manage the Antarctica Marathon®️ & Half-Marathon and the Madagascar Marathon & Half-Marathon, which are two of several adventure events now offered. Two other important events in their portfolio include the Patagonia Running Festival and the Amazing Maasai Marathon in Kenya.  

The Antarctica events, established in 1995, enabled runners to set and reach the once unthinkable goal of finishing a marathon or half-marathon on all seven continents. Pursuantly, the official Seven Continents Club®️ was formed to recognise these runners and to offer special VIP services to international globetrotting distance runners.  

Our global team (USA, UK and Australia) of Trip Designers, Trip Leaders and Trip Specialists makes each trip we offer unique and special.  We have sought out the best people in the industry to make your experience can be the best it can.  The experience amongst the current Team far outweighs others in the endurance sports travel industry.  We look forward to our continued growth and providing the best high-quality experience at the best value to YOU – our client. 

Marathon Tours & Travel is part of Destination Sport Experiences, which also includes the cycling travel company Sportive Breaks (www.sportivebreaks.com).

What can Marathon Tours & Travel offer me?


Our passion is running and travel. We have team of professionals on hand to ensure your trip runs smoothly.


We can offer you guaranteed entry to running events as part of a travel package.


We look after all of the logistics, so you can focus on what really matters – the taking part and taking in the sights.


We have a passion for all things running and travel. What better way to combine the two as you feel the buzz of a running event, while exploring the sights and sounds of some of the most spectacular destinations on earth! We can offer you entry, transport, accommodation, local reps on the ground to help during your trip, and everything in-between, giving you the chance to focus on what really matters – the start line and the sights. 

World Marathon Majors

The 6 Abbott Word Marathon Majors are the flagship events of international Marathon running.

We are very pleased to offer travel packages to World Marathon Major events with the option to buy guaranteed entry as part of a travel package.

Ultra & Adventure Marathons

If you prefer to run off the beaten track, or just fancy a change of scenery, take on one of our adventure marathons! These range from the icy shores of Antarctica to the sandy dunes of the Petra Desert. These are unique races that should be on everyone’s bucket list so get your place now and make 2023 your year of adventure!

Half Marathons & 10k’s

Marathon Tours are pleased to offer runners travel packages to international half marathon or 10K events. Taking part in a half marathon or 10K gives runners the chance to experience the thrill of running a half marathon or 10K event, while exploring a new town or city. We can offer you guaranteed entry, accommodation, guided support and more. We focus on the logistics, so you can focus on taking part and enjoying your surroundings. 

Meet the team

Shannon Stacey

Senior Project Manager

Jenna-belle Smith

Group and Event Manager

Ashleigh Gal

Travel Manager

Oliver Brooks

Marketing Executive