North Pole Marathon

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About Us

The 2019 FWD North Pole Marathon®, also known as the World's Coolest Marathon®, is organised by Runbuk Inc. In addition to organising the world's most northerly marathon, Runbuk Inc. organises the world's most southerly marathon, the Antarctic Ice Marathon®. Working with a network of associate specialists, including the world's foremost polar logistics experts, the company delivers world class events to these remote parts of the planet. 

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By competing in the World’s Coolest Marathon ®, the FWD North Pole Marathon ®, you can become one of a truly select few to race at the top of the world - at the Geographic North Pole. And you will feel on top of the world when you manage to overcome the extreme sub-zero temperatures to finish 26.2 miles at one of earth's farthest extremes.

Why not try the Antarctic Ice Marathon ® at the opposite end of the planet? With underfoot conditions comprising snow and ice throughout, an average wind chill temperature of -20C, and the possibility of strong Katabatic winds, these races are a qualifier for The 7 Continents Marathon Club (™).

Richard Donovan - Race Director

Antarctic 100

In addition to completing marathons in both the Arctic and Antarctic, Richard has participated in other extreme locations including the Sahara and Atacama Deserts, the Andes and Himalayan mountains and the Amazon Jungle. He has won races such as the Inca Trail Marathon, Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race, Antarctic 100k, Everest Challenge Marathon and South Pole Marathon as well as representing Ireland as an international ultramarathon runner.

In December 2011, Richard completed the first 100-mile run within the Antarctic Circle (to coincide with the 100-year anniversary of Man reaching the South Pole) and in February 2012 he set a new record for running marathons on all seven continents when completing a solo World Marathon Challenge in 4 days 22 hours 3 minutes. In 2015 he completed a 3,200 mile Trans North America Run from San Francisco to New York and in 2016 he completed a 3,000 km Trans Europe Run from Istanbul to Rotterdam followed by a 1,800km Trans South America Run in 2017.

Richard has been an organiser and Race Director of Home Nations Championships, Commonwealth Championships and World Championships. In 2009, he was Race Director at both the Anglo Celtic Plate ('Home Nations' 100km) and the  Commonwealth Championships 100km at road running. In 2011, he was organiser and Race Director of the IAU Trail World Championships where he was awarded an Order of Merit by the International Association of Ultra Runners for impeccable organisation. Richard was subsequently appointed Race Director at the inaugural Commonwealth Championships at Trail Running.

Richard held the post of Chairman of UltraRunning Ireland from 2005-2012 before being elected to the position of Executive Director of the International Association of Ultra Runners, the world governing body for the sport.

Leading international magazines have published feature length interviews and reports on Richard’s adventure race performances. He has also featured in various documentaries, including the world syndicated BBC programme ‘Desert: The Challenge’, which was narrated by Mike Stroud. In 2012, a one-hour documentary by TV Globo on his Antarctic Ice Marathon & 100k event was nominated for an International Emmy Award.

A former economist, Richard was educated in Ireland and the USA and received postgraduate academic scholarships in both countries. His brother Paul was a two-time Olympian, World Indoor silver medallist and multiple US collegiate champion on the track.

Other Personnel

There are approximately 20 Russian personnel at the Ice Camp, including a medical physician, that will assist with the organisation and safety of the event. Furthermore, there will be armed guards (in case of polar bear threat) and additional medical support brought to the location by Runbuk Inc. There will also be professional videographers and photographer on location to document the event.