World Marathon Challenge

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World Marathon Challenge is a multievent marathon competition that involves completing seven full 26.2-mile (42.2 km) run marathon races on seven continents in seven days.


The first World Marathon Challenge was held in 2015, beginning in Antarctica on January 17, 2015, and ending in Sydney.[1][2] The inaugural event combined the race results from Antarctica, Chile, the United States, Spain, Morocco, United Arab Emirates and Australia.[2] David Gething won the inaugural event with a total time for all seven races combined of 25 hours, 36 minutes and 3 seconds, and an average time of 3:39:26 per race, against a field that included eleven other runners,[3][4] ten of whom were male.[5] In order to reach all of the stages of the marathon competition, the participants traveled a total of 38,000 kilometres (23,612 mi).[3] Marianna Zaikova of Finland became the first woman to complete the event as the only successful woman in the 2015 field.[6]

The 2016 event began on January 26, 2016, with certified marathon courses in Union Glacier (Antarctica), Punta Arenas (Chile), Miami (USA), Madrid (Spain), Marrakech (Morocco), Dubai (United Arab Emirates) and Sydney (Australia).[7] Registration for the event was 32,000.[8] In 2016 Becca Pizzi became the first American woman to complete the event, while finishing first among the women runners, with a total time of 27:26:15 hours and an average time of 3:55:11 hours.[9] United States Marine Corps captain Daniel Cartica won the race with a total time of 24:46:56 and an average time of 3:32:25, besting a field of thirteen other runners and setting a new world record for the event.[10][11]

The 2019 edition was won by British woman Susannah Gill, in a world record time of 24 hours 19 minutes 9 seconds.[12][13]


  1. ^ Bender, Kelli (January 23, 2015). "U.S. Man 1 Race Away from Completing 7 Marathons on 7 Different Continents in 7 Days". People. Retrieved February 17, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "First ever World Marathon Challenge a runaway success". Reuters. January 27, 2015. Retrieved February 17, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Peters, Mark (January 25, 2015). "New world champion: Hong Kong runner conquers seven marathons on seven continents in seven days". South China Morning Post. Retrieved February 17, 2015.
  4. ^ Carter, Maria (January 30, 2016). "2 Americans Just Shattered Records For 7 Marathons on 7 Continents in 7 Days: The U.S. Marine and single mother won the World Marathon Challenge". Esquire. Retrieved February 11, 2016.
  5. ^ "First Ever World Marathon Challenge a Runaway Success". AOL News. January 27, 2015. Retrieved February 17, 2015.
  6. ^ Wade, Alison (December 15, 2015). "One Woman's Goal: 7 Marathons, 7 Continents, 7 Days". Runner's World. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  7. ^ "World Marathon Challenge - 7 Marathons 7 Continents 7 Days". Retrieved February 17, 2015.
  8. ^ "Registration for 2016 World Marathon Challenge". Retrieved February 17, 2015.
  9. ^ Putnam, Bailey (January 29, 2016). "Belmont woman finishes 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days". The Boston Globe. Retrieved February 3, 2016.
  10. ^ "Editorial: A marathon opportunity to feel inspired". Chicago Tribune. February 2, 2016. Retrieved February 3, 2016.
  11. ^ "Chicago Athletes Triumph Over World Marathon". WTTW. February 9, 2016. Retrieved February 11, 2016.
  12. ^ "World Marathon Challenge: Britain's Susannah Gill wins after runs in seven continents". February 7, 2019 – via
  13. ^ Ingle, Sean (February 7, 2019). "Seven marathons in seven days: British runner sets time record". The Guardian. Retrieved February 7, 2019.

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