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The Seven Continents Club® (SCC) will begin presenting the SCC Finisher Medal and Certificate to SCC Members in the ultramarathon distance. Also, starting in 2024, Marathon Tours & Travel (MTT) will offer the option of a 50K distance to its Antarctica Marathon® running events.
After years of litigation required to recognize and protect their innovative globally respected brand, Marathon Tours & Travel (MTT) officially received the registered trademark designation for its Seven Continents Club® (SCC). MTT established the SCC in 1995, when the inaugural Antarctica Marathon®& Half-Marathon made it possible for runners to conquer a marathon or half-marathon on all seven continents.
The topic of the “new longevity” has intrigued me, as I have always pushed my own boundaries of what is possible as I’ve aged. It led me to write a book last year called ROAR—an acronym for the four-step process to “Reimagine, Own Who You Are, Act on Your Plan, and Reassess Your Relationships” into the second half of your life. My own reimagining started at 39, when I had the epiphany that all I was doing was working. My identity was tied up in what I did for a living versus who I was as a person. On a flight home from a business trip, I decided to tap into my adventure self, identifying what really excited me. I resolved to take a flying lesson (a boyhood dream) and planned a trip to Tanzania to climb Mount Kilimanjaro (inspired by Hemingway’s The Snows of Kilimanjaro). Author and Seven Continents Club Finisher - Michael Clinton
Through many challenges and obstacles throughout her life, running has been a savior for Linda. The Antarctica Marathon will be her 219th Marathon and her seventh continent. Although experienced and a world traveler, Linda feels the following about her upcoming journey: "I don't know what to expect, with the weather, with the terrain. I’m more afraid of Antarctica than any of the other places I’ve been." Wishing Linda a safe journey this week and an amazing adventure in Antarctica!
The 60-year-old Clarksville Realtor is on a mission to run across the world, and Antarctica is her last stop. After decades of long-distance running, Shircel has participated in more than 200 marathons in nearly 50 states and at least 20 countries on 6 different continents. On Jan. 27, she is planning to join the Seven Continents Club finishers list as she prepares to run a 26.2 mile marathon in the coldest, windiest and driest of all Earth's continents.
“I had already been running marathons and was attempting to complete the Six World Major Marathons (London, Berlin, Tokyo, Chicago, New York and Boston). I was attempting my first international marathon in London when I met a gentleman on the marathon bus and he was telling me that he had just finished a marathon in Antartica and had completed one on all seven continents,” said McCue. “During the Seven Marathon journey it began to become more about the adventure than the marathons. We’ve met so many amazing people and made some friends for life,” said McCue. “I got to run alongside some truly inspirational athletes from all walks of life and have been fortunate to see some beautiful places on this planet, and we’ve accumulated some pretty good stories along the way.”
Arriving at the Antarctic coast, Adams and his fellow racers woke at dawn and climbed into inflatable Zodiac boats to head to the most remote land on earth. “Just getting to the starting line is a marathon in itself,”
SCC Member David Klein completed the Abbott World Marathon series and received his Six Star Finisher Medal. This month (August 2018) he completed his seventh continent checking off Africa at the Amazing Maasai Marathon (Kenya) with his two sons Jonathan and Christopher by his side (their first marathon) and his wife Song cheering for all. Not only is he a committed runner, but also has a passion for flying and is a pilot with the Tiger Squadron doing amazing formations in the air.
Cindy Bishop is a Seven Continents Club Finisher and was one of the first American woman (along side with her running buddy Sheri Bush) to complete the Six World Marathon Majors in 2013! Read about her fascinating journey to Antarctica to complete her quest for a marathon on all seven continents.
I am proudest of seeing so many satisfied customers who tell us that we have changed their lives by offering great travel experiences combined with the sport of running.
As a runner, Aileen Flanagan likes to set goals for herself. Sometimes they are quite challenging and long-term goals. Ten years ago, she decided to run a half-marathon on every continent. She completed that challenge in August with a race on King George Island off the coast of Antarctica.
"The race is a catalyst to going somewhere, but when we get there, our clients want to have an authentic experience," said Jeff Adams, president of Marathon Tours & Travel.
No disrespect to the Abbott World Marathon Majors and some great 26.2-mile runs right here in the good ole US of A, but there's no denying that having run a marathon in lion territory in South Africa or the snowy climes of Antarctica holds a certain, well, cache.
Michael worked in concert with Marathon Tours & Travel to meet his goal, which would include running a marathon in Antarctica. However, he quickly realized the Antarctica Marathon had a four-year wait-list. He would save that feat for last.
It took Gail White, 60, of Beaver Dam, three years to meet her goal of completing a marathon on all seven continents. On March 11, she stepped off a boat with more than 100 other runners on King George Island and ran in her final marathon on Antarctica.
Tracy Hickman is relishing the warmer climates of Grey Lynn after returning from Antarctica having completed a marathon in snow and ice. In doing so, the 50-year-old become one of the first New Zealand women to complete a marathon on all seven continents and has a received a rare medal to show for it.
Dave Ventresca will be running his first marathon in honor of his wife My Luu. The 2017 Antarctica Marathon would have been My's seventh continent, which they registered for back in 2014. After losing his wife to a rare blood cancer in September 2015, he pressed forward to finish her quest along with her brother Sang Luu. Ventresca established the My Luu Memorial Fun and has successfully raised more than $26,000 in his efforts.
Women's Running Magazine Patrice Malloy wasn’t always a runner. In fact after competing in the 440-yard and long jump for her high school track team one season, she quit. More than 10 years later, she gave running another try when a friend invited her on a triathlon relay team. Fast-forward to today, and the 57-year-old photographer and marketing consultant from Warner Springs, Calif., is a member of the Seven Continents Club—Half Marathon Division.
When it comes to marathons, California's Bill Higgins has nearly done it all. The Californian has run marathons on all seven continents; completed marathons in all 50 states; and is a six-star finisher of the Abbott World Marathon Majors.
One of the more accomplished athletes on the Big Island is a mailman you probably never heard of, a runner who has never won a race, but has a message that just might save someone’s life. Because of a strain of diabetes that runs through his family, and through him, Harvey Nakasone’s four-word message applies specifically to Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics, but more generally applies to anyone, not just those with high blood sugar levels.