Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: Forty runners complete the 2012 North Pole Marathon

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Forty runners complete the 2012 North Pole Marathon

This unique Marathon covering the full 42.2 km distance was held recently on the 6th of April at the Geographic North Pole. A total of 40 athletes from 18 countries took part in the event. Contestants had to run 10 loops of a 4.22 km course marked out on the ice as armed personnel kept an eye out for polar bears.

The first three finishers were Andrew Murray from Scotland in 4:17:08, Luis Alonso Marcos of Spain in 4:19:38 and James Matthews (GBR) third in 4:41:01.  
The women's race was won by Demelza Farr of Australia in 6:06:36 followed by Great Britain's Rebecca Newmann (6:11:39) and Julie Brailsford (6:14:40) in second and third, respectively.

If you are thinking about doing the 2013 race then you better start saving as it costs a 'cool' €11,900! This includes accommodation in Spitsbergen, return flights from Spitsbergen to the North Pole camp; accommodation while at the Pole, entry to the official North Pole Marathon; helicopter flights in the polar region; t-shirts, medals and souvenirs; professional photos of each competitor in action; a DVD of the race; and hotel accommodation on return from the Pole.

Video of the 2012 race here...

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