True Antarctic running (about: 2012)|
C. C. from USA (4/4/13)
11-50 previous marathons
| 1 Antarctic Ice Marathon
I have run both the Antarctic Ice marathon and the other Antarctica Marathon held on King George Island, off the Antarctic Peninsula. Whilst both were great trips, the Ice Marathon is the only race where you get a true Antarctic marathon experience, running on the ice in one of the most isolated places on the planet, as opposed to running on the rocks and mud of King George island through permanently populated research stations.
The organization is excellent, plenty of information provided in the lead up to the event. Your gear is checked before leaving Punta Arenas to ensure you have everything required. Accommodation at Union Glacier is surprisingly comfortable, with warm sleeping bags and good food (just don't expect a shower).
The course is extremely challenging, not just due to the weather but also the underfoot conditions. The strongest recommendation I would make to someone who wanted to run this race well would be to train on sand, as underfoot conditions on the ice are similar. Plenty of support on race day with hot water, chocolates etc available at a number of checkpoints, as well as the opportunity to leave your own supplies that you take down with you.
Camp staff and other runners are amazingly supportive down here at the end of the world.
The cost of this race is obviously very high, but I can honestly say that it was worth every cent. The experience is simply like no other race, even other marathons held in Antarctica.