Running a Marathon at the North Pole

Running a Marathon at the North Pole

It might sound crazy but there are only few places in the world where marathonians wouldn´t run 42,195km and the North Pole is not one of them.

Summary facts about the Noth Pole Marathon:

  • The only certified marathon that is run entirely ‘on’ water, the frozen water of the Arctic Ocean
  • Recognized by Guinness World Records as the northernmost marathon on earth
  • Dubbed the ‘World’s Coolest Marathon’ by Runner’s World magazine in 2004
  • There have been 12 North Pole Marathons to date
  • Approximately 350 people from 40 nations have successfully completed the event
  • It’s impossible to predict winning times because weather conditions and terrain are variable from one year to the next
  • The men’s record of 3:36:10 was set by Thomas Maguire (IRL) in 2007
  • The women’s record of 4:52:45 was set by Anne-Marie Flammersfeld (GER) in 2014
  • Two guided blind athletes, Mark Pollock and Jamie Cuthbertson, completed the race in 2004 and 2010, respectively
  • In 2007, William Tan – a wheelchair competitor – completed a marathon distance on the aircraft runway
  • Participants are eligible to join the exclusive Marathon Grand Slam Club by finishing a marathon on each of the seven continents and the North Pole Marathon

It all started in 2002

The first ever North Pole Marathon was a ‘solo’ run by Richard Donovan. Richard won the First Ever South Pole Marathon ten weeks previously and became the first marathoner at both poles by completing the North Pole Marathon. Following the 2003 North Pole Marathon, the business known as Polar Running Adventures was established by Richard Donovan to operate future marathons at the pole. The 2004 race proved a popular success with explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes included among the fifteen participants.

Part of the staff at Safesport ID is seriously considering to participate in 2016. You can find the complete information about this event at


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