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Nathan Haywood took up running long distances just eight months ago and this month will run his first ever marathon. That alone is a challenge on a big scale, but the fact he is just a couple of weeks away from ticking off his first marathon is just the start of it. The Invercargill 42-year-old will make his marathon debut in Antarctica in temperatures anywhere between -10 and -30 degrees.Read More
Canadians Stacey Collie and Rachel Rauwerda are travelling to the world’s southernmost continent to run the Antarctica Marathon. What makes the story even better is that the two are running the entire race in penguin onesies complete with a slide across the finish line.Read More
With the World Marathon Majors completed, Kintz set his sights on a new goal: to complete a marathon on every continent. The seven continents club of marathon runners became a possibility in 1995 when Antarctica held its first marathon. On March 9, Kintz ran the Antarctica Marathon which now takes place annually on King George Island located just off of the Antarctic Peninsula.Read More
“When we got off the ship we took a Zodiac, one of those rubber boats like the Navy Seals use, to get to Antarctica. It wasn’t as cold as you might think, but we had a mixture of snow, sleet, rain and hail. At one point the wind blew me across the road in midstride. I was actually airborne.”Read More
I started thinking, ‘Seven.’ Seven races in seven continents. I think I can do that.”Read More
It began 20 years ago when Thom Gilligan, founder of the Chelsea-based Marathon Tours & Travel agency, started the Antarctica Marathon. After the race, a few runners approached Gilligan to say it was continent No. 7 for them.Read More
Also this year, he completed his fifth Antarctica marathon, becoming only the second runner to have run five marathons on all seven continents.Read More
“This place is beautiful, but it is simply the most inhospitable environment imaginable. It's like another planet in terms of its beauty and landscapes, but it's also like another planet in how quickly the environment turns on you."Read More
Thom Gilligan’s early life story has been told well in John Hanc’s excellent book, The Coolest Race on Earth (Chicago Review Press, 2009), highly recommended. Read More
As naturally competitive as Mary Ann Weber is, she doesn’t insist on being first all the time. The former Santa Rosa dentist is perfectly content, for example, to be the 126th woman on Earth to travel to all seven continents to do something both agonizing and exhilarating.Read More