World Marathon Challenge

The World Marathon Challenge ® is a logistical and physical challenge to run seven marathons on seven continents in seven days. Competitors must run the standard 26.1 m marathon distance in Antarctica, Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe, South America, and North America within 168 hours, or 7 days. The clock starts when the first marathon begins in Antarctica.

  • The first marathon occurs within the Antarctic Circle on mainland Antarctica and the final marathon takes place in Miami, North America.
  • The global route is Novo (Antarctica), Cape Town (Africa), Perth (Australia), Dubai (Asia), Madrid (Europe), Santiago (South America) and Miami (North America)
  • After the initial marathon in Antarctica, competitors fly by charter plane to every marathon location around the globe.
  • Participants run 295 km (183 miles) over the seven-day period and spend about 68 hours in the air.
  • There is a competition element within the trip - the fastest combined marathon times, or average marathon time, for male and female categories are declared the outright winners of the overall challenge.


Shortest Average Marathon Time (Men) - Michael Wardian (USA): 2:45:57 hrs

Shortest Average Marathon Time (Women) - Susannah Gill (GBR): 3:28:09 hrs

Shortest Duration (Men) - Richard Donovan (IRL): 4 Days 22 Hours 3 Minutes

Shortest Duration (Women) - Becca Pizzi (USA): 6 Days 7 Hours 58 Minutes


First Blind Athlete – Sinead Kane (2017 World Marathon Challenge)

Oldest Man (76 years old) – Dan Little (2019 World Marathon Challenge)

Oldest Woman (67 years old) - Gloria Lau (2019 World Marathon Challenge)

Fastest Married Couple – Catherine Sun & Eric Xin (2017 World Marathon Challenge) 

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