Antarctic Ice Marathon – 2024 Registration & 2023 Results

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Union Glacier, Antarctic December 13, 2024 Registration Open

The Antarctic Ice Marathon is a marathon held in the world’s southernmost parts on the Union Glacier, Antarctic. The Antarctic Ice Marathon was established by Richard Donovan in association with Polar Running Adventures to enable marathon runners to complete a marathon on all seven continents. It enables athletes to complete the marathon grand slam as well (a marathon on all seven continents and the North Pole).

The Antarctic Ice Marathon takes place just a few hundred miles from the South Pole at the foot of the Ellsworth Mountains. Participants are flown from Punta Arenas, Chile to the race location in the interior of the Antarctic. The race is held at sub-zero temperatures but runners can experience 24 hours of daylight while they are in the Antarctic.

There have been sixteen Antarctic Ice Marathon races to date.

Antarctic Ice Marathon

Race Categories, Dates, Registration, Eligibility & Fees

Full Marathon Half Marathon
Distance 42.2km 21.1kmkm
Start Time No time specified No time specified
Eligibility Criterion 18 years & above 18 years & above
Fees* $21500** $21500**
Registration 2024 Register here for 2024 Register here for 2024
Expo Details No expo is held. Pre-departure briefing would be held in Punta arenas on 11th December 2024

* Entry fee includes below listed:

  1. Entry to the race of choice
  2. Briefing in Punta Arenas one day prior to departure
  3. Round-trip flights from Punta Arenas to Antarctica
  4. Transfers to and from Punta Arenas airport, Chile for Antarctic flight
  5. Meals and tented accommodation while in Antarctica
  6. A Baggage allowance of up to 55lbs (25kg) on the Punta Arenas-Union Glacier flight
  7. Medal, t-shirts, patches, and other souvenirs of the race
  8. Professional photos for personal use (and local publication)

** If Full payment is being made at the time of registration, then a discount of $1000 is given (hence effective price = USD $20,500). Alternatively, the payment can be done over 3 installments (latest by 31st March 2024).

Route/Course Map

No course map is available for the Antarctic Ice Marathon. The Marathon race will be run in the vicinity of the Union Glacier camp, normally on a 10.55km loop that is repeated four times.

Prize Money

No prizes are awarded for the Antarctic Ice Marathon.

2023 and Earlier Edition Results


Important Points

  1. There are no passports or travel documents required for Antarctica. However, participants need to have a valid passport and the appropriate visa documents for entry to Chile.
  2. The tentative schedule provided by race organizers
    • Dec 9th: Latest Arrival at Punta Arenas, Chile
    • Dec 10th : Punta Arenas, Chile
    • Dec 11th: Pre-Departure briefings
    • Dec 12th: Flight to Marathon location at Union Glacier, Antarctica
    • Dec 13th: Antarctic Ice Marathon / Half Marathon
    • Dec 14th: Return Flight to Punta Arenas, Chile
    • Dec 15th: Departure to Homeland
  3. Medical advisory
    • All participants should be in excellent health
    • Please consult with your doctor before entering the Antarctic Ice Marathon.
    • It is mandatory to have emergency medical evacuation insurance for Antarctica
  4. Cancellations are allowed but are chargeable as follows:
    • Before April 2023: $300.
    • 1 April 2023 – 31 August 2023: $7,000.
    • 1 September 2023 – 31 March 2024: $14,000.
    • After 31 March 2024: Full entry fee of $21,500.
  5. The marathon race will be run in the vicinity of the Union Glacier camp. The race is in loops of 10.55km with Half marathoners doing 2 loops and marathoners doing 4 loops.
  6. There will be an aid station every 5km.
  7. Time limit applicable on the course
    • Full Marathon –10 hrs
    • Half Marathon – 6 hrs
  8. Participants can read more about the following topics here
    • Training: To check organizers -suggested sites and books, please check Training
    • Acclimatization: While acclimatization is not an issue since the race occurs at 700meters, the main challenges are the cold weather conditions and underfoot terrain
    • Running gear: The temperature at Union Glacier typically ranges from –10C to –20C at the time of year hence a layering system is best, which should incorporate the following:
    • Upper body – thermal layer, fleece layer, and outer windproof shell
    • Legs – thermal layer and windproof pants
    • Hands – pair of gloves and mittens
    • Feet – sock liners and woolen socks
    • Head – balaclava, facemask, hat, neck gaiter, goggles
    • To know more about appropriate running gear and polar clothing requirements, please check the information provided by organizers on Running gear and Polar Clothing
    • Before making travel bookings please read about getting to Punta arenas, Chile, and onwards to the Antarctic, please check the information provided by organizers on Getting to Punta Arenas and Getting to the Antarctic
    • Sponsorship: since the cost of traveling to the Antarctic Ice marathon and participating in the race can be expensive, sponsorship logos are allowed during the race. You can also raise funds for charities
  9. Race fees do not include:
    • Commercial flights to and from Punta Arenas
    • Transfers to and from Punta Arenas airport (except for Antarctic flights)
    • Meals and accommodation in Punta Arenas
    • Personal equipment and clothing
    • Expenses incurred in Punta Arenas due to delays
    • Any excess baggage costs over the confirmed baggage allowance
    • Cost for the use of satellite phone whilst in Antarctica
    • Insurance coverage – personal, medical, or otherwise

Contact Information
Postal Address: Runbuk, Inc., 433 Airport Blvd. Suite 415, Burlingame, CA 94010 USA
‍Email (Richard Donovan- Race Director):
‍Email (Oliver Wang):
‍Email (Mark Conlon- Photography ):

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