The World Marathon Challenge is a daunting feat.
7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days.
The almost superhuman task is something that would make even the finest and healthiest of athletes recoil in trepidation. There is, however, always an influx of applicants for the event.
The 2017 World Marathon Challenge ® is a logistical and physical challenge to run 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days. Competitors must run the standard 42.2 km marathon distance in Antarctica, South America, North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia within 168 hours, or 7 days. The clock starts when the first marathon in Antarctica begins in January 2017.
SUMMARY FACTS ABOUT THE WORLD MARATHON CHALLENGE
- The World Marathon Challenge ® is the only event that offers the opportunity to run 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days.
- The first marathon will occur within the Antarctic Circle on mainland Antarctica and the final marathon will take place in Sydney, Australia.
- The global route is Union Glacier (Antarctica), Punta Arenas (South America), Miami (North America), Madrid (Europe), Marrakech (Africa), Dubai (Asia) and Sydney (Australia)
- After the first marathon in Antarctica, competitors will fly by charter plane to every marathon location around the globe.
- Successful participants will be recognised by The 7 Continents Marathon Club™, which provides the definitive list of marathoners on all 7 continents.
- Successful participants will also be recognised by the Intercontinental Marathon Club ®, which provides the definitive list of marathoners on all 7 continents within 7 days.
- There is a competition element within the trip – the fastest combined marathon times for male and female categories will be declared the outright winners.
- Participants will run 295 km (183 miles) over the seven-day period, spend 59 hours in the air and fly approximately 38,000 km.
- Carbon emmissions from the flights will be completely offset via the CarbonFund.org.
- The Book of Alternative Records will recognise the event for world record purposes, including fastest combined marathon times for 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days.
- The Guinness Book of Records also acknowledges the event for record setting purposes.
- The 2015 and 2016 World Marathon Challenges were resounding successes with all competitors successfully completing their challenge.
Some people spend months training for one marathon, but one woman is planning to run seven in the span of one week. BethAnn Telford, 2017 World Marathon Challenge participant and brain cancer survivor, spoke to CBSN about her story.
To find out more about this amazing event, visit the World Marathon Challenge FAQ section.