WELCOME TO ANTARCTICA
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.
You will then be flown 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 Atlantic Ship. Over the course of several days you will sail through the Beagle Channel across the Drake Passage, through the Shetland Islands and along the Antarctic Peninsula until reaching King George’s Island – the location of the Marathon and Half-Marathon!
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. We guarantee that you will experience a most challenging running experience as well as an experience of a lifetime. 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.
IMPORTANT TO NOTE: Single occupancy on ships is not available. All cabins are shared. If you are travelling alone, we will match you with another runner of the same gender.
Booking as a single will mean you will have a single hotel room in Buenos Aires. The cost is included in the price of the single package
deposit and payment structure
The course will start and finish about 200 meters from Bellingshausen, the Russian base and head east toward the Uruguayan, base.
There will be a turnaround point about 2 miles and you run back to the start area. You then run west about 2 miles to the Chinese base. The final course route is measured and prepared the day before the race. The bases and scientists have the final authority to approve the course. Most of the course will follow dirt roads that have some small but sharp hills connecting the research bases.
Regular training shoes are sufficient to handle these conditions. Parts of the road were very muddy in the previous events.
This is subject to change depending on weather conditions.
Entries are only applicable in conjunction with a Half Marathon package.
There are no qualifying times required for this event.
The event will commence at around 9am, subject to weather on race day
The Half Marathon has a cut-off of 6 1/2 hours. Course marshals have the responsibility to disqualify any runner who might endanger themselves through fatigue, hypothermia or dehydration.
Race check-in and briefing with emphasis on the environmental rules and regulations governing this event will be held at the welcome reception in Buenos Aires. Attendance is mandatory for participation in the race.
Each runner is responsible for their own liquids. You should bring 2 or 3 water bottles for race day. NOTE: You can purchase drinks in plastic bottles when in Ushuaia which then serve to reuse them on race day. Also, bring any electrolyte replacement fluids that you commonly use. Only water will be available in Antarctica. Portable toilets will be available at the starting area. All drink bottles must be marked with your race number. Bring your own sports gels or energy supplements. All energy supplements must be removed from paper packaging and placed in plastic flasks or other containers that will not blow away. No light plastic bags are allowed on shore.
Personal Refreshments and Clothing
As per above – refer to Aid Stations paragraph
All transport on race day is included in the price of your package.
Finishes T-Shirts, Medals and Certificates
All finishers will receive a Certificate and a medal. The event shirt is included in your marathon package.
The top three overall for males and females will be recognized in the Half Marathon.