Antarctica Marathon®️ Voyage Two

Nights
13
Date
March 21, 2024
  • Half Marathon
  • Marathon

If you have questions regarding Marathon Tours & Travel’s Antarctica Packages please: EMAIL OUR TRIP DESIGNER or CALL 617-242-7845

Marathon Tours & Travel has been offering the Antarctica Marathon®️ & Half-Marathon since its inception in 1995.  As the proud event organizer and the exclusive tour operator, we are excited to bring a total of 360 runners and their supporters to this authentic event in 2024 on our two voyages.

The Antarctica Tour Package begins with three-nights in Buenos Aires for time to meet your running peers, participate in a few training runs and attend the mandatory race briefing and welcome dinner.   We will fly you to Ushuaia which is located at the southern tip of Argentina. It is here where you will start your journey to Antarctica aboard the Ocean Victory ship.  Over the course of several days you will sail through the Beagle Channel across the Drake Passage, through the Shetland Islands before reaching King George Island – the location of the Marathon, Half-Marathon and Ultra 50K!

During your travels you will explore the most pristine corner of the planet, coming face-to-face with Antarctic gems such as glaciers, icebergs, penguins, seals and whales. Historians and scientists will provide lectures on board your ship and you will experience wildlife excursions during landings in remote areas, such as seal colonies and penguin rookeries as well as the research bases.

The course on King George’s Island has marked gravel roads that connect the scientific research bases of Uruguay, Chile, China and Russia. Great care is taken to leave behind zero impact on the environment in this sensitive ecosystem.  As part of this, we are restricted to having a maximum of 100 passengers ashore for the event at any one time.  Marathon Tours & Travel takes their part seriously and in fact has raised more than $500,000 for Oceanites, the non-profit scientific organization that monitors the effects of climate change and the impact of tourism on Antarctica.

To race on all seven continents is a goal of many marathoners and we can make that happen for you!  On average we have runners from over 25 countries represented each year including: Canada, United States, Norway, Germany, Great Britain, Bermuda, Ireland,  France, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Chile, Colombia, Russia, Poland, Greece, Austria, Switzerland, Portugal, Hungary, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Bermuda, Bahamas, Venezuela, Colombia, Australia, South Africa, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Israel, Iran, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Japan, China, India, Uruguay, Guadeloupe, Pakistan and New Zealand.

Limited space is available for 2024! Please complete your booking form today and send to ann.haebler@marathontours.com.  

Meals Included

Meals Included

Breakfast daily at hotel; three meals daily aboard ship

Guide

Guide

Services of Marathon Tours & Travel Team

Transfers

Transfers

Airport transfers are included

Accommodation

Accommodation

Excellent deluxe hotel & ship accommodation

Entry

Entry

Guaranteed race entry (additional $250)

Celebration Party

Celebration Party

Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Reception

Excursions

Excursions

Zodiac & wildlife excursions included with package

Worldwide Events

Worldwide Events

More than 25 countries join us each year

Medal Bling

Medal Bling

All finishers receive a certificate and a medal

Travel Package Information

  • Itinerary

    • Antarctica Marathon Package/13 Nights/March 15 - March 28, 2024

      Friday, March 15
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      Flights arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina and passengers are transferred to the Alvear Icon Hotel. There will be an optional light training run in late afternoon. Most flights will arrive at the Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) and transfers are arranged for only those arriving at this airport between the hours of 8:00 AM and 1:00 PM. You have this evening to explore some of this city’s famous restaurants just a short walk to Puerto Madero.

      Saturday, March 16
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      Following breakfast, enjoy a half-day city tour, which will introduce you to the vibrant capital of Argentina. There is an optional 4:00 PM light training run in the National Park. We look forward to seeing you at the evening cocktail reception, followed by a welcome dinner and the important mandatory race check-in/briefing at the hotel. (Breakfast and dinner included)

      Sunday, March 17
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      Enjoy today to explore more of Buenos Aires and/or participate in a group light training run at 4:00 PM in the National Park. You have this evening to explore some of this city’s famous restaurants just a short walk to Puerto Madero. (Breakfast included)

      Monday, March 18
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      Guests on the Ocean Victory will be transferred to the airport for an early morning flight to Ushuaia in the province of Tierra del Fuego, the world’s southernmost city. Depending on flight arrival time, it’s possible you will have time to explore this interesting town with plenty of shops and restaurants; and then be ready to board the ship in the afternoon for your departure to Antarctica. Once you are settled in your cabin, we will regroup with a Welcome Reception and briefing on shipboard safety. (Breakfast and dinner included)

      Tuesday, March 19
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      Today is spent at sea crossing the Beagle Channel and Drake Passage. The open bridge policy invites everyone to get a bird’s eye view of the navigational activity alongside the Captain and his crew. Videos and lectures will introduce visitors to the wildlife, climate and history of Antarctica.  (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

      Wednesday, March 20
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      These two days are spent at sea crossing the Beagle Channel and Drake Passage. The open bridge policy invites everyone to get a bird’s eye view of the navigational activity alongside the Captain and his crew. Videos and lectures will introduce visitors to the wildlife, climate and history of Antarctica. When we arrive at King George Island this afternoon, the race operations crew will go ashore to set up the course for the following day. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

      Thursday, March 21
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      Race Day!  The course has been prepared with flags and mileage markers. Hopefully, Mother Nature will be kind with the weather. The Wave 1 race will start at 7:00 AM and Wave 2 will start at 1:00 PM with both starts subject to change based on weather. Marathoner’s should plan on a six (6) hour and thirty (30) minute time limit and Half-Marathoner’s will have a four (4) hour and thirty (30) minute cutoff (weather permitting). After this major accomplishment, enjoy a post-race party and celebration this evening! The ship heads south overnight toward the Antarctica Peninsula. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

      Friday, March 22
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      We awake to the panoramic views of glaciers mountains and pristine bays and channels. Weaving among the icebergs, our destination is Paradise Bay, one of the most beautiful places on Earth. A sunny afternoon will permit us to have a barbecue and race awards ceremony on the stern deck. The zodiacs will bring us to shore for a visit to the vacated Argentine base nestled at the base of a hill where visitors are welcome to climb to the peak for a bird’s eye view of the area. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

      Saturday, March 23
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      Today, we hope to find ourselves in the fjords near the Lemaire Channel where humpbacks cruise for krill (small crustaceans). The third afternoon we leave the “White Continent” to re-cross the Drake Passage. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

      Sunday, March 24
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      Today, we hope to find ourselves in the fjords near the Lemaire Channel where humpbacks cruise for krill (small crustaceans). (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

      Monday, March 25
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      Today, we hope to find ourselves in the fjords near the Lemaire Channel where humpbacks cruise for krill (small crustaceans). This afternoon we leave the “White Continent” to re-cross the Drake Passage. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

      Tuesday, March 26 and Wednesday, March 27
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      We spend the next two days at sea on our return voyage hoping for calm seas to glorify in the memory of accomplishing a life-changing experience.(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

      Wednesday, March 27
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      At sea until we sight land at Cape Horn, Chile where we will approach our return port at Ushuaia. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

      Thursday, March 28
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      This morning will find us in Ushuaia at about 8:00 AM, where we disembark and check-in for our return group flight to Buenos Aires and then onward to your individual international flights back homeFlights departing from Buenos Aires to your home city should not depart before 8:30 PM. You should consider booking a one night (or more) stay on the return to relax before your long flights home. (Breakfast included)

      Marathon Tours & Travel reserves the right to change the itinerary due to flight schedule changes, weather or any other reason that it deems necessary for the safe and enjoyable execution of this trip. It may be necessary for some guests to overnight in Ushuaia on the return due to delays, flight availability or other reasons. In this case, the guest is responsible for the additional hotel cost, which will be approximately $120 per person in a double room.

  • Extensions

    • Please contact Marathon Tours & Travel should you wish to extend your trip in Argentina, Patagonia, or another South American destination. We are happy to customize an itinerary for you.

  • Packages & Rates

    • Antarctica Marathon®️ Package | 13 Night Package: March  15 -28, 2024

      Features

      • Three nights hotel accommodations at the Alvear Icon in Buenos Aires from March 15 to March 18
      • All hotel taxes
      • Full breakfast each morning at the hotel
      • Airport Transfers (see note below)
      • Half-Day Guided City Tour in Buenos Aires
      • Welcome Reception and Dinner
      • Roundtrip flights to Ushuaia
      • Ten nights on the Ocean Victory – Explore the ship and staterooms HERE
      • Three meals daily, afternoon tea and happy hour on board your ship
      • Drink Package during lunch and dinner
      • Special VIP Package for Premium Suite, Category A and B Suite
      • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Reception
      • Official Expedition Parka
      • Official Antarctica Marathon®️ Tech Race Shirt
      • Lecture program on board your ship
      • Zodiac and wildlife excursions
      • Kayaking with whales option  (additional cost)
      • Ocean Victory Staff Tips
      • Services of Marathon Tours & Travel staff
      • Race entry fee is $250 additional

      Not Included:

      • Meals unless noted on the itinerary
      • Gratuities and tips, unless noted
      • Incidentals
      • Travel Insurance
      • Airfare to/from Buenos Aires

      IMPORTANT TO NOTE: Single occupancy on the ships is not available, all cabins are shared. If you are traveling alone, we will match you with another runner of the same gender. You may elect to have a single hotel room in Buenos Aires for a single supplement. Please see pricing below.

      Airport Transfers

      Airport transfers are provided for guests on arrival day (March 15) from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM from the Ezezia International Airport (EZE). Outside of these days/times, you are responsible to get to the Alvear Icon Hotel in Buenos Aires on your own.  Airport transfers are included for your roundtrip flights to/from Ushuaia. Transfers are also included from the airport back to the Alvear Icon Hotel if you book extra nights after the cruise through Marathon Tours. Transfers back to the airport are on your own.

      Airfare

      Flights should be booked to fly in and out of Ezezia International Airport (EZE) in Buenos Aires. Please note MTT recommends that you book your flight directly with the airline. If you need assistance, please contact our office at 617.242.7845 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST, Monday through Friday.

      Important Travel Notes (per U.S. regulations)

      Airline ticket names need to match your passport exactly. All passports need to have a blank page for visa space (if required) as well as a validity date of six months from the date your trip departs.  If your passport expires less than six months prior to the departure of this tour, you need to renew this passport for valid travel. Click for more information on travel details.

      Travel Insurance

      Travel Insurance for U.S. Residents
      Travel Insurance for Canadian Residents

      2024 Rates (all prices are per person in US dollars)

      Antarctica Tour PackageDouble OccupancySingle Occupancy
      Category F Stateroom - *Triple Occupancy$8300 per person*N/A
      Category E French Balcony Stateroom$9300 per personN/A
      Category D Porthole Stateroom$9000 per personN/A
      Category C Balcony Stateroom$9900 per personN/ A
      Category B Balcony Suite$11,400 per personN/A
      Category A Jr. Suite$13,900 per personN/A
      Premium Suite$15,900 per personN/A
      Additional Options
      Race Entry$250 per entry
      Single Supplement: Buenos Aires Hotel Only$500
      Additional Night Buenos Aires$145 per person Double | $290 Single
  • Hotels

    • Enjoy a luxurious escape in this newly built 5-star hotel owned and managed by the Alvear Group. You are a walk away from many restaurants at Puerto Madeira. With elegant guest rooms, gourmet restaurants, and five-star amenities it’s the perfect location to kick-off our Antarctica Tour. You are also just a few blocks away from great running trails in the park along the Rio de la Plata.

      Ocean Victory

      Our new stylish cruise ship is ideally suited for small ship expeditions. With a total of 93 comfortable staterooms for our guests, all with a view of the ocean, (and 90% with their own balcony), several restaurants, a wellness area, an Albatros Nordic Bar, an open deck dining facility, a modern lecture lounge, and other amenities, the vessel will also be environmentally-friendly onboard, with an implementation of the Green Initiative Program, ensuring both absolute comfort and sustainability for our guests.

  • Event Information

    • Race Date: March 21, 2024

      Race Time: 7:00 AM Wave 1, 1:00 PM Wave 2

      Course: The course will be routed over a roller coaster course toward Artigas, the Uruguayan Base at the western end of Collins Glacier. The course is entirely on dirt roads, which often can be muddy. The course changes each year based on the base operations as well as road and weather conditions.  All runners must be self-sufficient and cannot expect any access to indoor facilities.

      Charitable Objective: Each year Marathon Tours & Travel offers runners the opportunity to sponsor an official Antarctica Marathon®️ and Half-Marathon Mile Marker(s). The proceeds of the Mile Markers are donated to Oceanites, which is the official non-profit organization of the Antarctica Marathon®️ and Half-Marathon.  In return, the runner gets to keep his/her sponsored mile marker after the race as a great souvenir! You can sponsor a mile marker by completing the Antarctica Marathon®️ Mile Marker Sponsorship Form. Oceanites has been researching the effect of climate change and tourism on Antarctica for more than 20 years. They have collected valuable data on wildlife and plant populations to support further research on this most pristine part of our planet. In addition to the sponsored mile markers there is a live on-board auction during the tour with all proceeds also going to Oceanites!

      Temperature: Average temperatures range between 15F-34F minus the wind chill, which can lower it by about 10F. Heavy snow is rare but light flurries are common.

      Course Time Limit: Marathoners must finish under six (6) hours and thirty (30) minutes, weather permitting. You must pass the halfway mark in three (3) hours and 10 minutes. Half-Marathoners must finish under four (4) hours and thirty (30) minutes, weather permitting. Course marshals have the responsibility to stop any runner from continuing who might endanger himself or herself through fatigue, hypothermia or dehydration.

      Number Pickup: Race check-in and the briefing with emphasis on the environmental rules and regulations governing this event will be held at the welcome dinner in Buenos Aires.  Attendance 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 recommended.

      NOTE: trekking poles or any other aid are not allowed in either event.

      Recommended Packing List: LINK

      Eligibility: All runners must be at least 18 years of age on race day for participation in the marathon. There is no age limit for the half-marathon.

      Awards: The top three overall for males and females in both races will be recognized. In the marathon, the top two in each age category will be recognized (under 40, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70 and over). All finishers will receive a finisher certificate and a medallion.

      Difficulty: Very difficult, very hilly with constantly changing weather and running surface.


      Antarctica Marathon®️ & Half Marathon Official Merchandise Store  – Closed.

      We are excited to offer you discounted, high quality running gear through our online Antarctica Marathon® store. You will not find these low prices in retail stores! We have chosen items that have been popular and often requested by our clients.  It is very important that you read the following directions carefully before placing your order.

      1. The Antarctica Marathon® online store is now closed. Sunday, December 17, 2023 at 11:59PM ET was the deadline. No orders are accepted after this date. 
      2. Since each item is customized there are no returns or exchanges. It is very important that you order the correct size.  The CRAFT sizing chart can be found here.  CRAFT is a Swedish brand and focus more on a performance fit.  Therefore, their product tends to run smaller than other apparel companies.  Please follow the sizing chart carefully.
      3. ONLY items in the store are available to purchase with the Antarctica Marathon® logo. Please do not choose any other items that IPA offers through their shopping platform. These will NOT be processed.
      4. All sales are final.
      5. U.S. orders are shipped from Marathon Tours & Travel. Your shipping fee is included when you checkout.
      6. When placing an international order, please use Marathon Tours & Travel’s mailing address (international addresses are not accepted in  the system): ​100 Everett Ave, Suite, 2, Chelsea MA 02150
      7. International orders will incur additional shipping charges. You will be responsible for providing a valid credit card to Marathon Tours & Travel upon request in order for us to ship your items. Your items will not be shipped until the shipping fee has been paid.  Please note that international shipping is expensive and will depend on the weight and size of your package.
      8. Questions should be directed to karen@marathontours.com
  • Registration & Booking

    • General Conditions for 2024

      Rates: Prices may change due to changes in rates, taxes and/or fuel increases.

      Reservations and Payments: A Tour Application must be completed by each traveler. The initial deposit of $300 must be previously received. A second deposit of 35% of package price per person is required upon your official confirmation letter that includes your ship assignment, cabin type, and travel dates. This payment confirms you on a definite basis. A third deposit of 45% of package price per person is due August 1, 2023. The balance of payment is due October 31, 2023.

      Cancellations: A full refund of initial deposit of $300 will be made if cancellation is received in writing before May 31, 2023. A per person cancellation fee equaling 50% of monies on Dey will be charged if cancellation is received in writing after June 30, 2023 and before August 1, 2023. A 75% of monies on deposit per person cancellation fee will be charged if cancellation is received in writing after August 1, 2023 and before October 1, 2023. No refund applies to cancellations after October 1, 2023.

      Not included in price: All items not specifically listed under tour features. Please note, currently the reciprocity fee for U.S., Canadian and Australian residents is on a temporary hold, which means it is not required.  We will continue to update you on this. Any new tax imposed by any government agency. Any fuel surcharges imposed by the airlines or cruise company. All taxes are subject to change. The entry fee of $250 for either race event is additional and non-refundable. Airport transfers on arrival in Buenos Aires are provided only if arriving on the standard itinerary dates between 8:00 AM and 1:00 PM.

      Insurance: Medical evacuation insurance for a minimum of US$100,000 in coverage is mandatory for all passengers. For your protection, trip cancellation, baggage, health and accident insurance is highly recommended for all participants. However, no representation or description of the insurance made by our staff constitutes a binding assurance or promise about the insurance.

      Travel Insurance for U.S. Residents
      Travel Insurance for Canadian Residents

      Security Policy: Marathon Tours & Travel’s security policy requires that anyone staying in our room block must be registered as part of our package. If a registered client attempts to house a non-registered guest and /or invite them to attend any of our scheduled activities, the registered guest’s tour package will be forfeited and parties may be denied access to future tours. Please note that no exceptions will be made as this policy will be strictly enforced.

      Event Waiver: In consideration for my entry acceptance, I hereby for myself my heirs, executors and administrators release any and all rights for damages I may have against the sponsors, organizers, government officials, Marathon Tours, Inc. and Albatros Expeditions A/S or its affiliates, or any individual associated with the event. I attest that I am physically fit to complete in this challenging event. I grant full permission to any and all of the foregoing to use my likeness in all media including photographs, pictures, recordings, or other record of this event for any legitimate purpose. I also understand that I am traveling to a very remote destination and that weather, acts of God and other forces beyond any person’s control may prevent the event from taking place.  If the event is not held due to circumstances beyond our control such as but not limited to weather, acts of God or force majeure, I understand that no refund of my travel expenses or entry fees will be reimbursed.

      Responsibility: These tours are operated by Marathon Tours, Inc. of Chelsea, MA who acts only as an agent for the passenger to the companies offering such services and assumes no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity caused by any reason whatsoever by any party offering such services. All terms and conditions offered are governed by the laws of Massachusetts.The right is reserved to cancel the tour prior to departure with a refund, less applicable credit card and processing fees, made as full settlement to the passenger.The right is reserved by Marathon Tours, Inc. to deny acceptance of a booking application by any person. Marathon Tours, Inc. may make any changes or alterations in the itinerary as it deems necessary for the proper handling of the tour. The sole responsibility of any airline used is limited to that set out in the passenger contract evidenced by the ticket. The airlines concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time that the passengers are not on board their aircraft. All race participants must sign the trip application which acts as the race entry form and liability waiver.

  • Race Results

  • Testimonials

    • "Otherworldly, incredibly beautiful..." - 2023

      Otherworldly, incredibly beautiful, eye-opening, deeply informative, comfortable, so well put together by very experienced people, and “go to Antarctica with Marathon Tours & Travel”.

      "This was a life enhancing experience..." - 2023

      This was a life enhancing experience. To have been able to share this with two of my sons, made the experience even more special. It was the realization of a dream – for me, but also for them.

      "A must do!" - 2022

      A must do! The marathon race was truly amazing and beyond explanation. By far the most challenging and difficult marathon I have done to date. However, the real experience were the expeditions to see first- hand that part of the world. It is beyond what words or pictures can describe. It really is a once in a lifetime experience to tick off your bucket list!

      "The entire trip was awesome!!!" - 2022

      The entire trip was awesome!!! I was very impressed with how well all the logistics were managed (especially during a pandemic). The staff were all very helpful and supportive (especially on race day). I loved the excursions.

      "This was a massively complex undertaking..." - 2022

      This was a massively complex undertaking at the bottom of the world in a global pandemic. The MTT Team, the Expedition Team, the Tour Team, the Hotel Team….everything was perfect. What a terrific feat! I love the shared global community experiences.

      "This was my first trip with Marathon Tours..." - 2022

      This was my first trip with Marathon Tours, and it was a great experience overall – especially given the pivots that were needed to execute this trip during the pandemic. The end-to-end service overall was exceptional, continuing even now with the follow ups, Google share photos, etc.

      "Two waves with the half and slower runners was ideal..." - 2022

      Two waves with the half and slower runners was ideal. It gave slower people (like myself) ample time to finish (providing the weather cooperated). Allowing people to drop from the full to half if they are not feeling it is/was a VERY nice perk that (in my opinion) shows that you care about how the runners are feeling.

      "Fantastic job done..." - 2022

      Fantastic job done, in the face of challenging and ever-changing COVID-related circumstances. The Marathon Tours staff were positive, smiling, accessible and maintained a positive attitude throughout.

      "This was my 5th trip with Marathon Tours..." - 2022

      This was my 5th trip with Marathon Tours (and first with Jeff). Marathon Tours goes above and beyond to ensure satisfaction. I will continue to use you for trips and recommend you to everybody I know.

      "I had interactions with several members of the Marathon Tours host team..." - 2022

      I had interactions with several members of the Marathon Tours host team… The Doctor was very helpful when I had a few questions. Gillian was very helpful. Jeff was always calm and dealt with all the issues and was an awesome cheerleader every time we came to the end of the loop during the marathon. Paul at the turnaround – he was very encouraging to us!! Everyone was great.

      COVID-19 - Messages of Client Support 2020

      Thanks for the update and all the work you are doing. I can’t begin to image the logistics issues you are having to deal with right now. Thanks so much.

      COVID-19 - Messages of Client Support 2020

      Thank you and everyone at Marathon Tours for taking all of these curve balls and handling them like champs. I love that I haven’t had to worry about my Antarctica trip in the midst of the chaos. Looking forward to 2021.

      "This trip was expertly planned..." - 2019

      This trip was expertly planned and I feel like we got a steal for what we paid vs. what we got. It was truly incredible and I COULD NOT BE HAPPIER!!! Many thanks and compliments to everyone involved with your operation and company!!!

      "The area we stayed in Buenos Aires was fantastic..." - 2019

      The area we stayed in Buenos Aires was fantastic, very beautiful near the river and the park and not far from the city center and for the excursions to Uruguay. There were plenty of restaurants and shops and places to run.

      "One of the most challenging..." - 2019

      One of the most challenging, thus one of the most rewarding for having completed it. As I said to Thom, I don’t care about the wind, sleet, hills, mud or any other conditions; I’m just glad he pulled it off and we got an opportunity to run. What an amazing marathon with all of the politics, weather, logistics and other pieces that have to come together. We’re so fortunate that Thom was crazy enough to do it for 20 years.

      "Antarctica is just such a spectacular destination..." - 2019

      Antarctica is just such a spectacular destination, and the staff made us feel right and home. The entire expedition was extraordinary. I am very appreciative of having the opportunity to run in an event like this. The expeditions were probably my favorite part, outside the marathon itself. I was not expecting the rest of the trip to be so inspiring that I almost forgot about the marathon by the end!

      "The pre-trip conference call was excellent!" - 2019

      The pre-trip conference call was excellent! Jeff did an outstanding job covering what we needed to know about the race. I really appreciated his guidance on layering; it was detailed and very specific. I followed his advice to the letter and was perfectly dressed for race day. He was timely, covered all the details, and answered all the questions with the information runners wanted to know. It was a very well run conference call. It’s clear he’s a seasoned professional and I felt in good hands with his guidance.

      "The coaching sessions were a great extra add-on..." - 2019

      The coaching sessions were a great extra add-on and I found them very helpful in mentally preparing for the race. I took notes through each session and referenced them on the ship the night before the race. Christine’s coaching definitely helped my mental game on race day, particularly during the hail storm!

      "An overall wonderful experience..." - 2018

      As all my trips with Marathon Tours an overall wonderful experience. Antarctica is a place unlike any other we have visited thus far. It had been on my bucket list forever and I am grateful that I had the opportunity to experience it with such a wonderful group. It still seems quite unreal to have been there – it is a truly magical place. Also, the marathon was quite an experience and successfully completing it will always be one of my biggest accomplishments.

      "The Race was outstanding..." - 2018

      The Race was outstanding, but the trip is about so much more than the race. The opportunity to visit the Antarctic continent is just amazing, and the expeditions coordinated by the staff were exceptional.

      "It was such an incredible experience..." - 2018

      It was such an incredible experience that it’s hard to pick the “best”. The excursions were so much fun and the guides made sure that we saw everything that our areas had to offer. The run gave me some bragging rights. Time on board ship had so much to offer – the presentations were great. I enjoyed getting to know so many people from so many different places. The food was wonderful. And the wildlife was amazing – the whales, the penguins, the seals, the birds.

      "This note is to thank you again for your creativity..." - 2010

      This note is to thank you again for your creativity, hard work and thorough professionalism. Eight years later and I’m still impressed as all get out.

      "It exceeded expectations..." - 2017

      What did you like best?

      The zodiacs and the opportunities of seeing whales, orcas, seals, penguins, icebergs, and glaciers

      Besides how incredible the experience was, I was blown away by the quality of the staff (One Ocean and Marathon Tours). They made our experience truly unforgettable.

      Everything. I liked the people (both runners and staff), the wildlife, and the race itself. I don’t have a favorite thing because it was all great!

      It exceeded expectations, but there were expectations I didn’t even have – never expected to see whales like that.

      The BBQ with the other ship, afternoon tea, happy hour and the polar plunge

      "It was an opportunity to visit Antarctica for the 5th time..." - 2017

      It was an opportunity to visit Antarctica for the 5th time, a place I love with a new found passion for running. I really liked that there were runners at all levels, I was nervous that I might not “Fit in”, but that was not the case, this is a trip for those whose passions spread from running to nature. I was impressed with the number and quality of landings we were able to pack into such a short trip with race preparations etc., I think folks got a real sense for Antarctica and I heard a few would be back. The One Ocean Crew and Marathon staff were amazing, some of the best we have traveled with to Antarctica and other remote locals.

      "My boat experience really exceeded my expectations..." - 2017

      My boat experience really exceeded my expectations. I made it to all the lectures… All staff were fun, professional, and knowledgeable! The hardest part was getting on the bus for an airport transfer. This was by far the best vacation I’ve ever had, and well worth the money spent.

      "I liked - The people my husband and I met... - 2017

      I liked – The people my husband and I met. We are looking forward to visiting them in the future. The inter-generational mix on the ship. And the fact that there were people from all over the world. What made this trip unique was the fact that we were together on a ship for several days–and thus were invited and encouraged to meet other runners and their supporters. Further, it was very nice that the supporters were warmly welcomed. This was greatly appreciated. Finally, the attention to ensuring the survival of the Antarctic environment and the wildlife through the Oceanites’ connection is essential for this trip. I want to give a special shout out to Thom for his creative and inventive approach to adventure travel–and for his many efforts in sustaining and growing this opportunity. He has opened up worlds for individuals. Kudos to Jeff as well for seeing that Thom’s vision, efforts and leadership are maintained and expand in the future.

      "I can honestly say the logistics on race morning were much easier..." - 2017

      I can honestly say the logistics on race morning were much easier than the New York City Marathon. We lucked out on the Drake Passage and the weather on race day. The race course was challenging, but Marathon Tours told us it would be.

      "A truly unique running experience..."

      I greatly appreciated having access to what is a truly unique running experience. Given all of the hassles/headaches of past races and the ‘politics’ in being permitted to offer a marathon course there makes me that much more grateful to have been able to go. Also, of course, seeing what is such a beautiful part of the world and what is so unlike any other place I have traveled, was a highlight. Finally, I was very impressed with the Marathon Tours and One Oceans staff. Everyone worked tirelessly and was so professional–very impressive indeed!

      "One of the true highlights of my running career..."

      One of the true highlights of my running career. It was THE hardest race I have ever completed (you don’t travel to Antarctica to run a flat road race) and I loved every minute of it. Thank you for this once in a lifetime opportunity.

      "It was the race of a lifetime..."

      The course and weather made the half marathon the hardest event ever, but we were exhilarated with the event. It was the race of a lifetime. Love it!

      "Everything about race day was excellent..."

      What can you do to change any of this? We are very fortunate to be able to run in Antarctica. I hope that no runner has anything negative to say about this course, transfers, spectator access, or anything about the race. The course, access, transferring, and everything about race day was excellent.

      "Loved the excursions..."

      Loved the excursions and just to be in the presence of such pristine beauty! How many people actually get to see all of that? The days following the race I found myself waking up in the middle of the night just to look out the window and see what I was missing. The beauty was so amazing I am having a hard time even articulating it to anyone here. Thank you for making all of that possible.

      "Overall I thought the pre-trip information was very good..."

      Overall I thought the pre-trip information was very good. If you read it carefully most questions were answered. A number of things I heard people complaining about were mentioned in the travel information. I think you should mention that laundry can be done daily on the ship more prominently, I would have bought less clothing with me than I did if I had have known how efficient the service was. Also, I would put more emphasis on renting the wetskins on the ship. Mention that they are very warm as well as keeping you dry, and the fact that if you rent them you save space in your luggage plus if you don’t already have the appropriate gear it will save you a lot of money. The likelihood of rain/sleet/snow at the marathon should also be mentioned more prominently. My clothing worked well, but I hadn’t planned for rain when I chose my headgear and gloves. The toughness of the course can’t be underemphasised.

      "Thank you for the wonderful memories and new friendships..."

      Thom, the amount of hard work that you, your staff and the crew put in, made this dream trip become a reality! Thank you for the wonderful memories and new friendships that were made. Looking forward to my next adventure to bring me one step closer to the Seven Continents Club.

      "This was the best event I have attended with Marathon Tours..."

      This was the best event I have attended with Marathon Tours. EVERYTHING was well organized from pick up at the airport, transportation to and from the airport, and all throughout the trip. I very much appreciate how well the trip/event was, how organized the trip was, and how much fun we had. This is definitely a trip I will attend again in the future.

      "Thom & Co. deliver the goods..."

      Thom & Co. deliver the goods. We are discerning travelers, comfortable and competent on our own for several decades, but whenever Marathon Tours offers an experience which matches our interests we sign up. We have visited the Antarctic and Madagascar, among several other tricky and interesting destinations, under Marathon Tours’ aegis. In addition we have availed ourselves of unrelated tour operators and, as mentioned, struck out on our own (mostly) from time to time. No other travel arrangement service provider has even come close to giving us the wonderful, some would say life-changing, experiences that we have lived along with Thom and his team.

      "I must say that our One Ocean staff really helped make this trip fun..."

      I must say that our One Ocean staff really helped make this trip fun and eventful. They had great personalities, a love for their job, and a passion for this journey. They worked very hard day after day accommodating our needs. Bill and Jane did an excellent job as well.

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Meet the Reps

Ann Haebler

Senior Trip Designer

Ann Haebler

Senior Trip Designer

Ann joined the Marathon Tours & Travel team after spending five years working as Group Sales Manager for a domestic tour operator specializing in train travel. She has now been a member of the team for eight years and hopes to continue to expand her knowledge of the world. Since her seventh grade world geography class, she has had an interest in learning about all the world has to offer.

During her time majoring in geography at the University of New Hampshire, her love of travel really kicked into high gear after spending a semester abroad in Australia. Let’s just say it was love at first flight! She has completed several half-marathons, 10K and 5K’s around the globe and in her local community.

Ann currently manages trips to Bhutan, Dragon Challenge, Comrades Ultra Marathon, Rio de Janeiro, Big Five, the Australian Outback, Sydney, Cape Town, Dublin and Patagonia in addition to being an Oceania Cruise Line Specialist.

 

Jeff Adams

President

Jeff Adams

President

Jeff first found Marathon Tours & Travel as a client while pursuing his interest for international adventure travel. He is respected for being an innovative corporate and philanthropic leader with a passion for helping clients accomplish their goals.

Prior to joining Marathon Tours & Travel, Jeff enjoyed a 28 year career in various client centric leadership roles at Morgan Stanley. Jeff is a middle of the pack runner who enjoys a good challenge – like earning the Abbott World Marathon Major Six Star Medal twice and becoming a Seven Continents Club Finisher at the 2019 Cape Town Marathon

In addition to completing 44 marathons, Jeff is also an avid climber, skier and paddler. Jeff is a proud member of the Oceanites Board of Directors, President of T.O.U.R.S. (Tour Operators United for Runners), a Founding Board Member and Past President of the Make A Wish Foundation in North Texas, and recently concluded ten years of service on the National Board of Back on My Feet.