About The Challenge

This is the world’s coolest running marathon, the North Pole Marathon. By competing in the marathon you can become one of a truly select few, just over 300 successfully completed the race so far. To race at the top of the world, overcoming the extreme sub-zero temperatures to finish 26.2 miles in one of the remotest parts of the planet is an extreme adventure.

Polar Bear Watch

First you must ask yourself if you have got the nerve and drive to travel to the North Pole and run on Arctic ice floes, with only 6 to 12 feet separating you from 12,000 feet of Arctic Ocean? Can you handle the extreme cold? Are you fit enough? Do you want to push yourself to the edge? If the answer is yes, then you are ready for the North Pole Marathon. Remember, this marathon is not run on land, it is run ‘on’ water, frozen water, in the high Arctic Ocean. You will never have a greater adventure marathon story.
There is also a team challenge, so I am looking for another two amazing people to do this with me. The North Pole Marathon features an exciting team challenge, with the title decided by the cumulative time of a team’s first three finishers.
Global CompetitorsInteresting facts

  • Only certified marathon that is run entirely ‘on’ water, the frozen water of the Arctic Ocean
  • Recognised by Guinness World Records as the Northernmost Marathon on Earth
  • Temperatures range from -25c to -40c with the added benefit of wind chill
  • There have only been 11 North Pole Marathons to date
  • Approximately only 300 people 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 4:53:10 was set by Fiona Oakes (GBR) in 2013