|North Pole Marathon|
|Course records||Men's: 3:36:10 (2007)|
Women's: 4:52:45 (2014)
|Official site||North Pole Marathon|
The North Pole Marathon is run over the classic 42.195 km (26.219 mi) marathon distance at the North Pole. The race is run on small, 4.22 km (2.62 mi) loop about 10 times over hard snow or the frozen ice of the Arctic Ocean. There are individual competitions 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.
The first unofficial North Pole Marathon was a 'solo' run by Richard Donovan on April 5, 2002, in a time of 3:48:12. Richard won the first South Pole Marathon ten weeks previously and became the first marathoner at both poles by completing the North Pole Marathon.
The first official exploratory competitive race held on April 17, 2003, and was operated jointly by several entities with 10 competitors. The winner was Martin Tighe (GBR) with a time of 5:02:10 in temperatures of −29 °C (−20 °F) and difficult snow conditions throughout much of the course.
In 2005, the North Pole Marathon was cancelled due to a dispute between French and Russian logistics operators.
Key: Course record
|Edition||Year||Men's winner||Time (h:m:s)||Women's winner||Time (h:m:s)|
|1st||2003||Martin Tighe (GBR)||5:02:10||Mary Ritz (USA)|
|2nd||2004||Sean Burch (USA)||3:43:17||Stevie Matthews (GBR)|
|3rd||2006||Michael Collins (IRE)||4:28:35||Alison Hamlett (GBR)||5:52:56|
|4th||2007||Thomas Maguire (IRE)||3:36:10||Susan Holliday (GBR)||6:17:40|
|5th||2008||Ahn Byeung-sik (KOR)||4:02:37||Cathrine Due (DEN)||5:37:14|
|6th||2009||Evgeniy Gorkov (RUS)||4:27:05||Pushpa Chandra (CAN)||7:27:31|
|7th||2010||Joep Rozendal (NED)||5:00:58||Emer Dooley (IRE)||5:56:54|
|8th||2011||István Tóth (HUN)||4:54:03||Richelle Turner (AUS)||6:03:06|
|9th||2012||Andrew Murray (GBR)||4:17:08||Demelza Farr (AUS)||6:06:36|
|10th||2013||Gary Thornton (IRE)||3:49:29||Fiona Oakes (GBR)||4:53:10|
|11th||2014||Michael Wardian (USA)||4:07:40||Anne-Marie Flammersfeld (GER)||4:52:45|
|12th||2015||Petr Vabroušek (CZE)||4:22:24||Heather Hawkins (AUS)||6:57:39|
|13th||2016||Dorn Wenninger (USA)||5:17:33||Gulzhamal DeFelice (USA)||5:50:12|
|14th||2017||Piotr Suchenia (POL)||4:06:34||Frédérique Laurent (FRA)||6:21:03|
|15th||2018||Argyrios Papathanasopoulos (GRE)||4:34:36||Guoping Xie (CHN)||6:43:20|
Men's Marathon 1. Petr Vabrousek (CZE) 4.22.24 2. Douglas Wilson (AUS) 5.01.38 3. Daniel Palko (SVK) 5.08.56
Women's Marathon 1. Heather Hawkins (AUS) 6.57.39 2. Alice Burch (GBR) 7.04.42 3. Jennifer Cheung (HKG /HONG KONG) 7.06.06
Team Competition 1. Vemma Europe (Grabowski, Maier, Reilly) 24.15.59
Women's Half Marathon 1. Tanj Donovan (IRL) 2. Karen Curtis (USA) 3. Annie Rawlinson (GBR)
Men's Marathon 1. Michael Wardian (USA) 4:07:40 2. Luke Wigman (GBR) 5:03:55 3. Patrick Cande (TAH) 5:46:19
Women's Marathon 1. Anne-Marie Flammersfeld (GER) 4:52:45 2. Anna Wester (NED) 7:57:50 3. Shona Thomson (GBR) 9:09:22
Team Competition 1. UVU Racing Team (Wardian, Flammersfeld, Hinett) 16:41:01 2. Team EEK (Dorran, Hunt, Kemp) 25:25:44
Men's Half Marathon 1. Ian Egan (IRL) 3:41:07 2. Paul Langan (IRL) 4:18:00 3. Yusuke Mamada (JPN) 4:29:10
Women's Half Marathon 1. Pia-Margit Hegner (SUI) 3:42:00 2. Mary Grealish (IRL) 4:23:27 3. Orla Murphy (IRL) 5:41:14
Men's Marathon 1. Gary Thornton (IRL) 3:49:29 2. Renaud Michel (FRA) 4:34:29 3. Willy Steinskog (NOR) 5:04:07
Team Competition 1. UVU Racing Team 14:22:53 2. Green Monday / Convoy Hong Kong Team 21:20:57
Men's Half Marathon 1. Jeremy Cashen (NZL) 3:27:17 2. Dennis Andrade (USA) 4:17:26
Women's Half Marathon 1. Elaine Barrett (IRL) 4:54:16
North Pole Ski Marathon 1. Miguel Caselles (ESP) 6:54:20
Men's Marathon 1. Andrew Murray (GBR) 4:17:08 2. Luis Alonso Marcos (ESP)4:19:38 3. James Matthews (GBR) 4:41:01
Women's Marathon 1. Demelza Farr (AUS) 6:06:36 2. Rebecca Newman (GBR) 6:11:39 3. Julie Brailsford (GBR) 6:14:40
Men's Marathon 1. Istvan Toth (HUN) 4:54:03 2. John Braun (LUX) 5:05:50 3. Dmitry Mamadaliev (RUS) 5:05:53
Women's Marathon 1. Richelle Turner (AUS) 6:03:06 2. Sharyn Fitzgerald (AUS) 6:28:16 3. Sue Bradford (GBR) 7:14:24
Team Competition 1. The Arctic Challengers (Great Britain)
Men's Marathon 1. Joep Rozendal (Netherlands) 5:00:58 2. Rik Vercoe (Great Britain) 5:07:30 3. Yen-Po Chen (Taiwan) 5:29:47
Women's Marathon 1. Emer Dooley (Ireland) 5:56:54 2. Julia Tizard (Great Britain) 7:31:05 3. Sarah Oliphant (USA) 7:58:14
Team Competition 1. Team Centrepoint (Great Britain) - Carnie, Boyne, Bolton
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.
Two guided blind athletes, Mark Pollock and Jamie Cuthbertson, completed the race in 2004 and 2010, respectively.
In 2007, William Tan - a wheelchair competitor - completed a marathon distance on the aircraft runway.
- "North Pole Marathon: Adventure Racing at the Top of the World". Men's Fitness. Retrieved 7 September 2014.
- "For the Record". Guinness World Records. Retrieved 7 September 2014.
- Official website
- Audrey McIntosh: The North Pole Marathon - Audreys 2015 experience
- Arthur Kadar: This is the story of my first marathon: The North Pole Marathon. - Arthurs 2015 experience
- Pictures of the North Pole Marathon 2009 by competitor Rob Plijnaar