The Great World Race

LOCATIONS

NOVO, ANTARCTICA

“Most significant thoughts come when you are most insignificant” – Richard Donovan, Antarctica Athletics Federation
The first marathon of The Great World Race takes place at Novo international runway, Antarctica. For most participants, it will be the first time they cross into the Antarctic Circle and set foot on the ‘frozen continent’, a truly momentous occasion. The runway is situated at 71 Degrees South latitude on the Antarctica continental landmass, directly south of Cape Town. The marathon course is operated on the runway perimeter and is non-technical in every respect, incorporating eight loops of a flat and groomed 5.275 km circuit.

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

“There is no passion to be found in playing small, in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living” – Nelson Mandela
The second marathon of The Great World Race involves six laps of 7.03 km circuit at Sea Point promenade, an attractive paved walkway that is much loved by locals and visitors alike. The walkway is flanked by well-manicured lawns, popular for picnics and informal soccer or cricket games. It’s a fabulous place to run, with views of Table Mountain and the Atlantic coastline by your side. The race starts and finishes adjacent to the Winchester Hotel, the HQ for our Cape Town activities.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA

“Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia” – Charles M. Schulz
The third marathon of The Great World Race is operated at the West Australian Marathon Club in Burswood, Perth. Under the shadows of the spectacular Optus Stadium and Crown Casino, the path runs along the Swan River with the city skyline in the background. An eight-loop course of 5.275 km, the Australia race will be operated in the evening when cooler conditions should be conducive to a pleasant run and the potential for fast times.

ISTANBUL, EUROPE & ASIA

“My heroes are people who don’t sell their dreams to anything”- Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

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. Spread across two continents, Istanbul is one of the only intercontinental city in the world. Steeped in history over thousands of years, it was the capital city of three universal empires: the Rome, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. Unsurprisingly, it has numerous historical sites, palaces and museums, and includes a UNESCO World Heritage site. Although it is an ancient city with an unparalleled cultural heritage, Istanbul also possesses a fast-growing economy, a young population and an increasingly vibrant contemporary cultural scene. İstanbul blends tradition and modernity. The night between the races will allow competitors the opportunity to catch up on some well-deserved rest in the luxury of a hotel. The overnight rest will come at a great time, just after the half-way point of The Great World Race.

CARTAGENA, SOUTH AMERICA

“It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams” – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The sixth marathon of The Great World Race will be a six times out-and-back course by the coast in Cartagena. Located on Colombia’s Caribbean Coast, Cartagena is Colombia’s 5th largest city, and one of its most popular travel destinations. The historic Old Town is made up of stunning colonial architecture, vibrant shops and restaurants, and narrow cobblestone streets utilised primarily by pedestrians and passing carriages. While the main attraction is the Old Town, Cartagena is much more than its colourful streets: it has high-rise developments, long stretches of coast, offshore reefs and very vibrant neighbourhoods.

MIAMI, NORTH AMERICA

“Miami is many things, but it is never boring!” – Gloria Estefan
The seventh and final leg of The Great World Race will take place at South Beach, Miami. There is no better place in the world to finish than Florida’s famous beach, complete with its sunny weather, trendy nightlife, fine dining, luxury oceanfront hotels and Art Deco architecture. A six-loop course that begins on Ocean Drive and runs along the Beachwalk pathway will help to make a dream come true for participants. Excited groups of family and friends will gather to cheer and celebrate competitors on the conclusion of their epic adventure.

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