Antarctica Marathon & Half-Marathon

Marathon Half Marathon
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Event Information

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Ioffe Ship: March 16, 2018
Vavilov Ship: March 17, 2018


COURSE: The course will start and finish outside the Russian base and pass near the Chilean and Chinese bases.  The course is entirely on dirt roads, which often can be muddy.  The course changes each year based on the base operations as well as road and weather conditions.  All runners must be self-sufficient and cannot expect any access to indoor facilities.  

TEMPERATURE: Average temperatures range between 15F-34F minus the wind chill, which can lower it by about 10F.  Heavy snow is rare but light flurries are common.  

COURSE TIME LIMIT: Marathoners must finish under 6.5 hours, weather permitting.  You must pass the halfway mark in three (3) hours and 10 minutes.  Course marshals have the responsibility to disqualify any runner who might endanger himself through fatigue, hypothermia or dehydration.

NUMBER PICKUP: Race check-in and the briefing with emphasis on the environmental rules and regulations governing this event will be held at the welcome dinner in Buenos Aires.  Attendance is mandatory for participation in the race.  

SHOES: You will not need any special shoes.  A training shoe designed for off-road running is best.  Bring two pair since it might be wet and muddy. Racing flats are not recommended. NOTE: trekking poles or any other aid are not allowed in either event.


ELIGIBILITY:  All runners must be at least 18 years of age on race day for participation in the marathon. There is no age limit for the half-marathon..

AWARDS: The top three overall for males and females in both races will be recognized.   In the marathon, the top two in each age category will be recognized (under 40, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70 and over).  All finishers will receive a finisher certificate and a medallion.

DIFFICULTY: Difficult. 

ANTARCTICA MERCHANDISE: The Antarctica online store closed on October 15, 2017.  Items are currently being processed and will ship in mid-December.  International orders may take longer.  Please note that all sales are final.  No exchanges or returns are allowed since the items are customized.  There is an additional charge for international shipments. If you have any questions, please contact  For those that missed the opportunity to order this time, we will open the store again in 2018 (based on interest).