In the most remote and tough place in the world, surrounded by an indomitable landscape, and under harsh climate conditions, the strongest and most daring athletes gathered last 23rd November to take part in the most difficult sport event: a 42km marathon in the interior of the Antarctic.
Welcome to the Antarctic Ice Marathon, the southernmost marathon on earth and a unique opportunity to run in a truly worthy event of the seventh continent. Participating athletes competed in really extreme conditions and didn’t found supporting fans or penguins waiting for them. This remote location is even too much for the fathered birds of the Pole South.
The stunning event took place at an altitude of 700 metres, with, snow and ice, an average windchill temperature of -20C, and strong Katabatic winds blowing at 10-25 knots.
The exact location? Union Glacier, Antarctica, 80 Degrees South, just a few hundred miles from the South Pole at the foot of the Ellsworth Mountains. The Antarctic Ice Marathon is the ultimate challenge for any adventure marathoners and ultra athletes.
But don’t be afraid and think it’s a ‘suicide’ mission: people who participated found a well marked course of 42.2km (26.2 miles) prepared in advance, a snowmobile support, aid stations and medical personnel for the whole duration of the race.
Do you fill an X-man? This marathon may be your next challenge.