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RECORD FIELD FINISHES 7TH ANTARCTICA MARATHON
KING GEORGE ISLAND, ANTARCTICA (February 26, 2005) - A record field of 179
marathoners from 15 countries completed the 7th Antarctica Marathon on King
George Island, Antarctica amid above freezing temperatures and light
breezes. The Antarctica marathon and Half Marathon was held on February 26,
Darryn Zawith of Gibsonia, PA led all finishers in a time of 3:49:19 while
Alyn Park of Vail, Colorado was first for the women in 4:33:28.
The warm temperatures mired the course in parts with thick mud that created
an unusual hazard that sucked the shoes off more than one participant. The
semi-annual event started at the Russian research base, Bellingshausen, on
King George Island, the largest of the South Shetland Islands just off the
Antarctica Peninsula. The = mile ascent of Collins Glacier at mile 3 was
the most demanding section of the two-loop course. Most runners were slowed
to a walk up the 17-degree slope.
Dr. William Tan of Singapore, the first wheelchair competitor to attempt
the grueling course, did complete the half-marathon held in conjunction
with the marathon in 5:40:41. Despite customized mountain bike tires
adapted to his racing chair, the wet and muddy conditions prevented him
from completing the full 26.2 miles.
The half-marathon was won by Jane Serues of Springtown, PA in 2:13:08. She
was followed by a field of 36 runners. Base staff from both the Russian
base and Chilean bases participated in the only sporting event held in
Antarctica. Complete results will be posted to
www.marathontours.com/antarctica on March 10.
The next Antarctica Marathon is scheduled for February 24, 2007. For more
information call (617) 242-7845, visit www.marathontours.com or write to
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