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Contact: Richard Donovan (Race Director)
World's Coolest Marathon to begin at North Pole
The North Pole Marathon, which is scheduled to take place on April 8th,
will see a record field of 54 competitors from across the globe.
Forty-four men and ten women will contest the certified 26.2 mile marathon
event, the world's most northerly marathon, and BBC will be on location to
film the race. Kobold expedition watches will be on offer to both male and
Among the favourites for the men's division is Michael Collins of Ireland
who won the Sahara half-marathon in the run-up to this event. An
award-winning novelist, Collins beat former world marathon champion Abel
Anton in the process. The Irishman has previously run a 2.33 marathon on an
island off the Antarctic peninsula.
Meanwhile, the women's division will see recent Antarctic Ice Marathon
winner, Wendy MacKinnon of Scotland take on Alison Hamlett of England who
finished fourth in the Mardi Gras Marathon in New Orleans.
Brent Weigner (USA) will contest his third North Pole Marathon and seven
others in the race field will seek to join him as members of the global
Marathon Grand Slam Club. The Grand Slam Club consists of athletes who have
completed a marathon on all seven continents and at the North Pole. Among
them, twenty-five year old Mark Sinclair of England is recognised by
Guinness World Records as the youngest person to run the distance on all
seven continents while Kimi Puntillo (USA) is acknowledged as the first
woman to achieve this feat.
The diverse race field will additionally include a father-son duo, a
sixty-six year old grandmother, a ten-person corporate team and people
making their marathon debut. They can expect wind chill temperatures of
-25C or below in addition to 24 hours of daylight at this time of year. Six
to twelve feet of ice will separate them from the 12,000 feet of Arctic
Subject to Mother Nature being kind, the race is scheduled to get underway
in the early hours of April 8th at the drifting Russian ice base at the
North Pole. Competitors will depart from Spitsbergen (Norway) on the
previous day and will hope to return within 48 hours. They have the
opportunity to not only run the marathon, but to stand at the precise
Geographic North Pole in the course of the trip. Mike King, a UK Sports
Photographer of the Year recipient, will photograph proceedings.
For more information, including profiles of the participants, see