North Pole Marathon

GREEK & CHINESE WINS AT 2018 FWD NORTH POLE MARATHON

2017 FWD NORTH POLE MARATHON A RUNAWAY SUCCESS

USA & RUSSIAN VICTORIES AT 2016 NORTH POLE MARATHON

RECORD NUMBERS FOR 2016 NORTH POLE MARATHON

COOL COMPETITION AT THE 2015 NORTH POLE MARATHON

TWENTY-TWO COUNTRIES IN 2015 NORTH POLE MARATHON

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR 2015 NORTH POLE MARATHON

CARBON FREE STATUS FOR NORTH POLE MARATHON

OFFICIAL VIDEO OF 2014 NORTH POLE MARATHON

USA & GERMAN VICTORIES AT 2014 NORTH POLE MARATHON

TOP COMPETITORS FOR THE TOP OF THE WORLD

OFFICIAL VIDEO OF 2013 NORTH POLE MARATHON

NORTH POLE MARATHON LINKS UP WITH OLYMPIC 800M CHAMPION

RUNNERS BATTLE MINUS 30C AT 2013 NORTH POLE MARATHON

Event

The FWD North Pole Marathon ® is run over the classic 42.195km (26.2 miles ) marathon distance. The race encompasses an individual competiton, with male and female divisions, and a team competition for teams of three or more. There is also an option to run a half marathon.

SUMMARY FACTS ABOUT THE FWD NORTH POLE MARATHON 

  • Full member of the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS)
  • 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
  • Dubbed the 'World's Coolest Marathon' ® by Runner's World magazine in 2004
  • The first North Pole Marathon occured on 5th April 2002 when Richard Donovan (IRL) ran the distance alone, thus becoming the first marathoner at both the North and South Poles.
  • There have been 16 North Pole Marathons to date. The 2019 race will be the 17th event
  • Five-hundred-and-fifty-two people from 55 countries have sucessfully completed the event (535 have completed the marathon)
  • 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 4:52:45 was set by Anne-Marie Flammersfeld (GER) in 2014
  • Three guided blind athletes, Mark Pollock (IRL), Jamie Cuthbertson (GBR) and Siu Wai Leung (HKG), completed the race in 2004, 2010 and 2018, respectively
  • In 2007, William Tan - a wheelchair competitor - completed a marathon distance on the aircraft runway
  • Paul Grealish (IRL) has run six North Pole Marathons (2004, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018), the most completed by one person
  • The oldest woman to complete the North Pole Marathon is Kenwynne Barber (GBR), who was 66 years old in 2006 when she ran the event.
  • The oldest man to complete the North Pole Marathon is Michel Ribet (FRA / USA), who was 78 years old in 2016 when he ran the event.
  • Participants are eligible to join the exclusive Marathon Grand Slam Club by finishing a marathon on each of the seven continents and the North Pole Marathon