The 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.


  • Member of the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races
  • 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
  • There have been 11 North Pole Marathons to date
  • Approximately  300 people from 40 nations have sucessfully completed the event
  • 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 4:53:10 was set by Fiona Oakes (GBR) in 2013
  • 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
  • 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

North Pole


The North Pole is the northernmost point on the Earth, lying diametrically opposite the South Pole. It defines geodetic latitude 90° North, as well as the direction of true north. At the North Pole all directions point south; all lines of longitude converge there, so its longitude can be defined as any degree value.

The North Pole is located in the middle of the Arctic Ocean amid waters that are almost permanently covered with constantly shifting sea ice. This makes it impractical to construct a permanent station at the North Pole (unlike the South Pole). However, the Soviet Union, and later Russia, have constructed a number of manned drifting stations on a generally annual basis since 1937, some of which have passed over or very close to the Pole. Since 2002, the Russians have also annually established a base, Barneo, close to the Pole. The sea depth at the North Pole has been measured at 4,261 m (13,980 ft) by the Russian Mir submersible in 2007[3] and at 4,087 m (13,410 ft) by USS Nautilus in 1958.[4][5] The nearest land is usually said to be Kaffeklubben Island, off the northern coast of Greenland about 700 km (430 mi) away, though some perhaps non-permanent gravel banks lie slightly closer. The nearest permanently inhabited place is Alert in the Qikiqtaaluk Region, Nunavut, Canada, which is located 817 km (508 mi) from the Pole.


From Wikipedia