New 50km ultra run distance a great success at the 2024 iteration of Antarctica Marathon®

March 13, 2024

Located on King George Island in the South Shetland Islands of Antarctica, the 25th iteration of Antarctica Marathon® took place on Monday March 11, 2024, with the new addition of a 50KM ultra marathon race distance.

March 13, 2024 /ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – Located on King George Island in the South Shetland Islands of Antarctica, the 25th iteration of Antarctica Marathon® took place on Monday March 11, 2024, with the new addition of a 50KM ultra marathon race distance.

Organized by Marathon Tours & Travel (MTT), the Antarctica Marathon® is a bucket list challenge for runners around the world. Founded in 1995, the course changes each year based on event operations as well as road and weather conditions. “We were very fortunate this year to use one of our original routes on King George Island, with its permanent research bases and terrain originally carved by the tidewater glaciers of Antarctica. There is nowhere else on earth where you can literally run between China, Chile, Russia, and Uruguay, all of which have bases that are connected by our course. Building on the legacy of the past 29 years, the 25th running took a big step forward with the inaugural Ultra 50KM race with 10 participants“ stated Jeff Adams, Race Director, and President of MTT.

Winner of the inaugural Ultra 50KM Peter Nelson II shared, “To run an ultra marathon on such a remote destination was such a privilege, as few have even had the opportunity to visit this pristine continent.”

A qualifier for the coveted Seven Continents Club®(SCC), 31 completed a race on their seventh and final continent this year, earning their Seven Continents Club®(SCC) Finisher Medal and Certificate. They join 1,115 SCC Members who have already completed this monumental feat of running a marathon or half-marathon on all seven continents. To date, one athlete has completed the seven continents in the ultra marathon distance, with the expectation for many to follow.

Michelle and George Marut, first time ultra runners, shared, “We had the best time. The race was an incredible journey that passed in a blink of an eye, we were in the moment every step of the way. This was the furthest we ran, the furthest we traveled for a race, and we did it together. It was an experience of a lifetime.”

The three top winners of the marathon included Katherine Shank from Harrisburg, PA with a time of 4:07:32, Joseph Perry of Ontario, Canada with a time of 4:15:11 and Hamid Rostamian from Culver City, Ca with a time of 4:25.36.

“The Antarctica Marathon® was the perfect race to both challenge myself and at the same time find my joy in running. I am so grateful for this experience,” said Katherine Shank, the overall winner of the marathon distance.

In the half-marathon distance the top three finishers included Guillaume de Remacle with a time of 1:55:01, Daniel Gonzalez with a time of 1:56:16 and Kate Green coming in strong with a time of 2:07:21 tied with Mark Marshall.

Top Results:


Peter Nelson II USA 4:54:12


Carissa Liebowitz USA 5:32:11



Joseph Perry Canada 4:15:11


Katherine Shank USA 4:07:32



Guillaume de Remacle France 1:55:01


Kate Green UK 2:07:12

Complete results can be found here.

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About Marathon Tours & Travel

Founded in 1979, Marathon Tours & Travel (MTT) was the first global company to specialize in travel services specifically for runners. Located in Boston, the home of the world’s oldest marathon, MTT is the official North American travel agency for many of the world’s most popular running events including the BAA Boston Marathon, TCS London Marathon and many others. The Antarctica Marathon® was first held in 1995 and sells out with a maximum field of 200 runners, two years in advance. MTT now invests in two back-to-back trips and Antarctica Marathon® events. Upon return of the first voyage in Ushuaia, Argentina, the second voyage boarded later that afternoon. Jeff Adams (President) served as the race director for both races. More information on www.marathontours.com.

About the Seven Continents Club®

The birth of the Seven Continents Club® (SCC) came about in 1995 with the inaugural Antarctica Marathon® & Half-Marathon, since it now made it possible for runners to conquer a marathon or half-marathon on seven continents. Today, with 10,860 members from 100 countries, the SCC continues to service clients interested in pursuing their seven continents goal. In addition, the SCC serves as a VIP global frequent traveler club for runners that have a passion for traveling and running in amazing destinations around the world. More information on www.sevencontinentsclub.com.