The Great World Race

7 MARATHONS. 7 CONTINENTS

IN JUST ONE WEEK

Join us for the adventure and challenge of a lifetime. Limited spots available. November 2024.

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LIMITED SPOTS LEFT - €45,000

The Great World Race ™ has limited seats on the plane. To ensure your spot on the trip register and transfer your deposit today.

The entry fee per person is €45,000, which can be paid in three installments of €15,000. See terms and conditions for full details.

INFO

Welcome to the The Great World Race ™ , the most exciting new event on the international running calendar.

Over a seven-day period from November 15th-21st 2024, competitors have an opportunity to complete a lifetime goal of running a marathon on each of the 7 continents, starting at the end of the world: Antarctica.

The registration fee not only includes travel by charter plane, but medical insurance* for the adventure. Sign up today and join the Global Marathon Club ™ by completing a marathon on all 7 continents in 7 days. We look forward to bringing you on a trip of a lifetime.

MARATHON LOCATIONS

The Great World Race offers competitors the opportunity to run 7 official marathons on 7 continents over a 7-day period.

Wolf's fang: Antarctica

The first marathon of The Great World Race takes place at Wolf’s Fang, Antarctica.

Africa: Cape town

The second marathon of The Great World Race involves six laps of 7.03 km circuit at Sea Point promenade, an attractive paved walkway.

Australia: Perth

The third marathon of The Great World Race is operated at the West Australian Marathon Club in Burswood, Perth.

Europe + Asia: Istanbul

The fourth and fifth marathons of The Great World Race will take place on multi-loop courses on the Asian and European sides of the Bosphorus Bridge, Istanbul.

South America: Cartagena

The sixth marathon of The Great World Race will be a six times out-and-back course by the coast in Cartagena.

North America: Miami

The seventh and final leg of The Great World Race will take place at South Beach, Miami.

SCHEDULE

ENTRY FEE

The entry fee per person is €45,000, which can be paid in three installments of €15,000.

See terms and conditions for full details.

What’s included:

  • Round trip flights by a private, charted jet from Cape Town to Antarctica to compete in the first marathon.
  • Business charter flights from Cape Town to Perth to Istanbul to Cartagena to Miami to complete the remaining six marathons.
  • Meals and drinks on charter flights.
  • Medical insurance for the entire trip, including emergency evacuation cover*.
  • All logistical costs such as transport to and from airports as well as shower and changing facilities at each location.
  • Overnight accommodation in Istanbul where both the Asian and European marathons races are held on consecutive days.
  • Entry to each of the seven marathons, which includes aid stations, medical support, and official timing as per any regular stand-alone marathon.
  • Professional photos of each marathon race for personal use, including social media posts and local media.
  • Medals for completing each of the marathons and an overall Great World Race medal upon successful completion of all 7 races.
  • A digital certificate of completion of The Great World Race for successful participants.
  • Branded t-shirts, singlets, bandanas, gymsacs and other Great World Race merchandise.
  • Inclusion in the Global Marathon Club, which gives special recognition to athletes who complete marathons or half marathons on all 7 continents over a 7-day period.

In summary, we make it easy to make a once-in-a-lifetime journey around the world with 7 marathons on 7 continents in just one week. 

The cost to visit Antarctica alone can cost up to €20,000 to visit Antarctica,  making The Great World Race a competitively priced venture.

WHO'S INVOLVED

The Great World Race offers competitors the opportunity to run 7 official marathons on 7 continents over a 7-day period.

david kelly

race director, physician

CEO, Dr. David Kelly – former international athlete, veteran of multiple expeditions to polar regions and global events.

As a race organizer at Ice Cap Adventures Ltd, he combines his passion for international athletics and polar expeditions with his medical background and skills. He founded Ice Cap Adventures and The Great World Race, an innovative and challenging event that takes participants to the seven continents and the polar regions. He is responsible for the logistical and organisational aspects of these events, as well as the safety of the runners and the crew.

He has been a doctor for over 12 years, working for both the HSE and the NHS in Ireland and the UK.

David holds a M.B., B.Ch., B.A.O. (medical degree) from Trinity College Dublin and a BComm degree from National University of Ireland, Galway.

He has traveled to the Arctic and Antarctic regions, providing medical support and emergency response for the racers and the staff.

ryan hall

US Record Holder and 2 time Olympian

Coming from the Foot Locker High School Class of 2001, which also included former US mile record Alan Webb and former 5k record holder, Dathan Ritzenhein, Stanford University alumnus Hall seemed always destined for greatness winning the NCAA Championship 5k in 2005. This was a stepping stone for his major breakthrough on the world scene when he became the first North American to break the one-hour barrier for the half marathon when running 59.43 at the
Houston half-marathon in January 2007.

In April of that year, Hall placed 7th at the London marathon in a time of 2.08.24, setting the fastest marathon debut by an American. On November 3, 2007, Hall won the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials Marathon in a Trials-record 2:09:02 [14] in New York on a tough course. This victory secured his place for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. 2008 picked up where 2007 left off when On April 13, 2008, Hall placed 5th in the Flora London Marathon. He went on to finish 10th in the Olympic Marathon in Beijing. Later also competed at the 2012 Olympic Marathon in London.

Ryan’s propensity for pushing boundaries was evident in his training and racing style, often leading from the front and maintaining an aggressive pace. His fearless approach resulted in a historic performance at the 2011 Boston Marathon, where he ran a 2:04:58, the fastest marathon ever by an American.

He has since taken to the gym and worked on the strength component of training only recently returning to running, now focusing on a hybrid approach. You can check out his training philosophies at: www.runfreetraining.co

Dermot McDermott

professional athletics coach

Dermot McDermot is an esteemed Athletics Ireland Level 2 coach, proficiently coaching athletes across a variety of disciplines, ranging from the grassroots level all the way to international competitions. He boasts impressive achievements, including coaching a 2.12 marathon runner at the Irish Olympic Trials and mentoring an Irish U-20 60m Record Holder.

In addition to his coaching prowess, Dermot has a notable record in event organization, having managed a plethora of major events. These range from development meets and indoor meets to World Record attempts. He has also played a pivotal role in organizing international meets, even obtaining a European permit for these events, and successfully hosted an event where two overseas runners qualified for the Rio Olympics.

Dermot’s passion for athletics and community development shines through in his voluntary work as well. He is the founder and current manager of an innovative and highly successful talent identification program named “Fastest Feet,” which focuses on promoting health and fitness among children. His dedication to this cause has not only benefited the local community but has also garnered international attention, resulting in a strong partnership with the Millrose Games in New York.

Alvaro Nunez

Luxury Brand Entrepreneur

The Madrid-born Miami-based founder of the real estate powerhouse Super Luxury Group is a welcomed partner of The Great World Race.  His social and promotional reach knows no boundaries with Super Luxury Group representing strategic media partners, luxury brands, and influencers worldwide.  It would be fair to say Alvaro has anything but a quiet life jumping out of planes, flying helicopters, running ultra-endurance races, and climbing mountains are some of his mentioned hobbies. He starts his week off by running a marathon each Monday morning at 5am, maybe you could join him?

FAQ

The Great World Race is an event in which participants attempt to complete a marathon on each of the 7 continents over a 7-day period. There is also a half-marathon option for those who prefer the shorter distance.

The Great World Race is organised by Ice Cap Adventures Ltd. in association with expert teams at each of the marathon locations. See the ABOUT US section for details.

Participants are required to arrive in Cape Town by November 12th. Following briefings and pre-departure preparations, competitors are flown to Antarctica on November 15th to begin The Great World Race. The event is scheduled to conclude in Miami on November 21st. See the SCHEDULE section for details.

The 7 marathons take place sequentially at Wolf’s Fang (Antarctica), Cape Town (Africa), Perth (Australia), Istanbul (Asia), Istanbul (Europe), Cartagena (South America), and Miami (North America), thereby encompassing all 7 continents. See the LOCATIONS section for details.

The Bosphorus Strait separates the continents of Asia and Europe. The Great World Race has marathons on each side of the Bosphorus Bridge both of which are arranged by Spor Istanbul, a subsidiary of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality.
No. Safety is paramount and Antarctica weather, in particular, is unpredictable. If the weather is unsuitable for safe flying and operation of the first marathon in Antarctica, we will delay the start of The Great World Race until it improves. However, once the first marathon begins, we will proceed with the goal of travelling around the world and completing The Great World Race within 7 days / 168 hours.
Yes. The Great World Race marathons will be measured by AIMS / World Athletics measurers and sanctioned by respective national athletics federations. The Antarctica race is also recognised by the Antarctica Athletics Federation.
There is a time limit of 8 hours for each marathon, but the Race Director has discretion to change this cut-off time on location. The goal is to have everybody finish!

You can register on this website under the REGISTRATION section.

The Great World Race entry fee is EUR 45k, which can be paid in three instalments of EUR 15k. The first instalment secures your place in the event.

The registration fee includes (a) Round trip flights by private jet from Cape Town to Antarctica to complete the first marathon (b) Business charter flights from Cape Town to Perth to Istanbul to Cartagena to Miami to complete the remaining six marathons (c) Medical insurance for the entire trip, including emergency evacuation cover* (d) All logistical costs such as transport to and from airports as well as shower / changing facilities at each location (e) Accommodation in Istanbul where both the Asian and European marathons races are held on consecutive days (f) Entry to each of the seven marathons, which includes aid stations, medical support, and official timing as per any regular stand-alone marathon (g) Professional photos of each marathon race for personal use, including social media posts and local media (h) Medals for completing each of the marathons and an overall Great World Race medal upon successful completion of all 7 races (i) A digital certificate of completion of The Great World Race for successful participants (j) Branded t-shirts, singlets, bandanas, gymsacs and other Great World Race merchandise (k) Inclusion in the Global Marathon Club, which gives special recognition to athletes who complete marathons on all 7 continents over a 7-day period.

Yes. The seven marathons are individual races and the person with the fastest average time over all seven marathons is declared The Great World Race champion in both men’s and women’s categories.
Yes. There is a team competition in both men and women’s categories. The top three on a team are the scoring members, but there can be more than three men or women on a team roster.
Yes. The Great World Race meets all the criteria for recognition by global and national athletics authorities, including the Antarctica Athletics Federation, as well as Guinness World Records and the Book of Alternative Records.
Yes. There will be substantial global media coverage of The Great World Race. Top photographers and video crew will travel with participants across the world.
Registered competitors will be advised on clothing for Antarctica.
On completing the 7 marathons, every finisher of The Great World Race will become a member of the Global Marathon Club which will have special recognition for those who complete 7 marathons across 7 continents within 7 days / 168 hours.
The Great World Race involves 6 flights per year and the calculated carbon omissions are offset.

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