FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TWINS TIE FOR ANTARCTICA MARATHON WIN
BOSTON (March 17, 208) – Maria and Catharina Schilder, identical twins from
the Netherlands, clocked identical winning times at the 2008 Antarctica
Marathon held March 5, announced Boston-based Marathon Tours and Travel,
the event organizer.
Wearing matching gear and holding hands, the Dutch duo crossed the finish
line in 4 hours, 21 minutes, 22 seconds. Robert Celinski, 28, of Poland
dominated the men's division winning in 3:09:43.
The three champions were part of a contingent of 173 athletes from 17
countries who traveled to the world's most extreme continent to participate
in the ninth running of the 26.2- and 13.1-mile events. The 126 marathon
and 51 half marathon entrants were treated to relatively mild weather
conditions that included near-freezing temperatures, light winds, fog and
Held on King George Island off the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, the
Antarctica Marathon features a two-loop course (one loop for the half
marathon) that includes a 3/4-mile trek up and down an icy glacier as well
as jaunts through snow, mud, rocks and glacial streams. The course also
treats participants to frequent penguin sightings and a tour through
Russian, Chilean, Uruguayan and Chinese research bases.
Running as a pair during the entire race, the Schilder sisters, 37,
overtook Denise Sauriol of Chicago at the 17-mile mark. Sauriol hung on for
third, finishing in 4:25:05.
"The race was an unforgettable experience but I do not want to do it again
soon," said Catharina. "It was a dream come true to run in Antarctica,"
Celinski, who prepared for the hilly, rugged course by logging miles in the
mountains in his native Poland, led the men's race, from the get-go,
winning by over 20 minutes – one of the largest margins in the event's
"Robert ran like a madman up and down the glacier," said Thom Gilligan,
race director and president of Marathon Tours and Travel. "Nobody even came
close to him. He ran a phenomenal race"
Filippo Faralla of South Africa finished second in 3:30:52 followed by
David Smith of the United Kingdom in 3:41:11.
Greg Hales of Aptos, Calif. handily won the half-marathon competition in
1:42:48. Tara Lunn of Seattle topped the women's division in 2:06:15,
finishing fourth overall.
The 10th Antarctica Marathon and Half-marathon are scheduled for March 10,
2009. For race results and more information, please visit
www.marathontours.com or call (617) 242-7845.