Seven Continents Club®️

SEVEN CONTINENTS CLUB®️

Running adventures to all seven continents.

Seven Continents Club®️ (SCC) was founded in 1995 when our inaugural Antarctica Marathon®️ & Half-Marathon made it possible for runners to conquer a marathon or half-marathon on seven continents. With more than 10,684 members from 100 countries, the SCC continues to service clients interested in pursuing their seven continents goal. In addition, the SCC serves as a VIP global frequent traveler club for runners that have a passion for traveling and running in amazing destinations around the world.

SCC Finishers

To date, 645 men and 358 women have completed this exclusive quest at the marathon distance. Additionally, 33 men and 65 women have completed a half-marathon on all seven continents. We also have seven men and four women who are SCC Finishers at both the marathon and half-marathon level. We’re looking forward to recognizing our first ultra-marathon SCC Finishers beginning in 2024.

Member Benefits

  • Tour Package Vouchers – Tour Package Vouchers are in $25 increments and can be applied toward any Marathon Tours & Travel international tour package. Bronze members receive four (4) $25 vouchers upon becoming a member. Once you become a Silver Member, four (4) additional vouchers will be placed in your travel bank. An additional three (3) $50 vouchers will be provided once you reach the Gold Tier. One travel voucher can be used per member per trip. Please note that vouchers can only be used toward tour packages. Hotel and Hotel/Entry bookings are not applicable.
  • Early Registration Period – SCC Members will receive priority for tour packages in high demand as well as new destinations that are offered. You will be notified in advance of the registration period for your Tier Level. Please find the detailed step by step process here. Please note that you must be a member of the SCC at least two weeks prior to the start of the SCC pre-registration period for the trip in which you wish to apply. Due to demand, some trips will only open to SCC Members. 
  • Wait-list Priority – As an SCC Member you will be prioritized if you wish to join a tour package that currently has a waitlist.  This could make a difference in running one of your desired races!
  • VIP Treatment – When possible, we offer special acknowledgement to our SCC members such as VIP seating at special events. In addition, on some occasions and when possible, room upgrades and/or hotel concessions will be provided. 
  • SCC Email Bulletin – A special bulletin is emailed whenever there is newsworthy information available. Typically, these will notify you of new opportunities and the process for pre-registration.
  • Finisher Medal and Certificate of Completion – A Seven Continents Club®️ Finisher Medal and Certificate of Completion is presented when a runner accomplishes his/her goal of running a marathon or half-marathon on each continent. When possible, these will be presented on-site at the completion of your final race.
  • SCC Luggage Tag and Running Tech Shirt – Each new member will receive in their welcome kit, an SCC luggage tag and an SCC shirt. In addition, you will be able to purchase additional merchandise through our online SCC store, which will be available several times each year. Gold Members will also receive an SCC Medal holder!
  • SCC News Release Assistance – If you have completed your seven continents and/or have a unique running story, we will be happy to assist you with compiling a news release for distribution to your local media.  
  • Member Progress Profile – Each member has the ability to track the continents he/she have run. You can access your page here. Should you need assistance, please email sevencontinentsclub@marathontours.com.

SCC Tier Levels

Thanks to the continued growth in SCC membership and appreciation for the program we have made enhancements to the SCC Program. Each member is now placed in the Bronze, Silver, or Gold based on the number of trips taken with Marathon Tours & Travel. Your level is denoted by the color next to your profile in the All Member listing.

How to Become a Member

It is very simple to become a Seven Continents Club®️ Member!  We welcome those that are interested in running on all seven continents as well as those who prefer the VIP benefits of being a member. The one-time membership fee is $200 and will get you access to all the great benefits of being a member. To join, please complete the “Membership Application Form”. Once completed, Ann will confirm with you at her earliest convenience.  

Please note that the SCC Membership Fee is non-refundable.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Which Races Count?

    • Criteria

      The following is a list of criteria for a race event to count towards your Seven Continents Club®️ Finishers Medal and Certificate for half-marathon division, marathon division and ultramarathon division.

      • A race, organized by an identifiable race director, open to all applicants (which may be subject to entry limits or qualification restrictions), advertised at least 30 days beforehand in the running press, web, by leaflets at other races or similar manner. A race is not required to be competitive in nature.
      • A race must hold a permit or license from the local authorities
      • A race must have a minimum of 25 participants finish. The events that comprise that race may include half-marathon, marathon and/or ultramarathon.
      • Race results or a record of race completion must be published or made available.
      • The runner must have completed the whole race entered, abiding by the event rules and have completed the whole course (unless misdirected by the organizers) for the race to count. The declared race distance counts (the runner is not penalized if the race distance appears to be short). However, a runner cannot count a race they know in advance to be short. Participants in relay events or teams, no matter the distance covered, cannot count that race.
      • If a race advertises in advance a rule that allows participants to withdraw at a shorter distance than the full race distance, but still over the minimum threshold of a half-marathon, marathon or ultramarathon then this is permitted to count if other criteria are followed. (i.e., results must be published of the time & distance covered.)
      • If a runner finishes a race outside a stated time limit the race will not count unless the runner is included in the official race results with their completion time or a FNT (Finished No Time) designation.
      • A marathon, half-marathon, or ultramarathon event shall be run without interruption regardless of the cause.
      • Participants shall retain information to substantiate completion of an event, such as a finisher’s certificate or published event results.
      • Half-marathons, marathons and ultramarathons run in multi-sport events are not accepted.

      Definitions

      Half-Marathons: Counts towards SCC Half-Marathon Division

      (i) Road: Races where the distance is accurately measured and stated by organizers to be 13m 192.5y (13.2 miles) / 21.098km (21.1 kilometers) on a road or predominately road surface or,
      (ii) Trail: Races where it is accepted that exact measurement is not possible, rounded down i.e., minimum 13 miles or 13km.
      (iii) A marathon or an ultramarathon cannot be counted for a half-marathon.

      Marathons: Counts towards SCC Marathon Division

      (i) Road: Races where the distance is accurately measured and stated by organizers to be 26m 385y (26.2 miles) / 42.195km (42.2 kilometers) on a road or predominately road surface or,
      (ii) Trail: Races where it is accepted that exact measurement is not possible, rounded down i.e., minimum 26 miles or 42km.
      (iii) A marathon or an ultramarathon cannot be counted for a half-marathon.

      Ultramarathons: Counts towards SCC Ultramarathon Division

      (i) Road: Races where the distance is accurately measured and stated by organizers to be a minimum of 50km (kilometers) on a road or predominately road surface or,
      (ii) Trail: Races where it is accepted that exact measurement is not possible, rounded to be 50km.
      (iii) An ultramarathon can count towards your SCC Marathon Division; however, it cannot count twice towards your SCC Ultramarathon Division and SCC Marathon Division.
      (iv) An ultramarathon cannot be counted for a half-marathon.

      Timed Events

      Events that are advertised as 6-hour, 12-hour, 24-hour or longer shall count as a single event, no matter the distance covered, or time allowed. A runner who completes a minimum of 13.1 miles can count a half-marathon. A runner who completes a minimum of 26.2 miles can count a marathon. A runner who completes a minimum of 50km can count an ultramarathon.

      Staged Events

      Each individual day or stage of a multi-day event can be counted as a half-marathon, marathon or ultramarathon if the following criteria are met.
      (i) It is possible to enter each individual day or stage as a separate independent event.
      (ii) That individual day or stage is at least 13 miles in length to count for a trail half-marathon or 13.1 miles for a road half-marathon.
      (iii) That individual day or stage is at least 26 miles in length to count for a trail marathon or 26.2 for a road marathon.
      (iv) That individual day or stage is at least 50km in length to count for a road or trail ultramarathon.
      (v) Separate results are produced for each individual day or stage.

      Important to Know

      When you register to become an SCC Member you are asked if you will be completing half-marathons, marathons OR ultramarathons on the seven continents. You are not able to combine half-marathons, marathons and ultramarathons to earn your Seven Continents Club®️ Finisher Medal. The series must be all half-marathons, marathons or ultramarathons (note: ultramarathons can count towards marathon instead of ultramarathons – see above). You can set a goal to complete half-marathons, marathons and ultramarathons on all seven continents by running each distance on all seven continents!

      How to Add Races To Your Profile

      Login to your profile page and add your race for each continent. In order to receive your Finisher Medal and Certificate you will need to send proof of each race for verification. This must be either a copy of the Finisher’s Certificate or a link to the official race results. You can email this information to ann@marathontours.com or fax it to: 617-242-7686. Events must meet our criteria as listed above.

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