Marathon Tours & Travel Founder/CEO Thom Gilligan and President Jeff Adams have been elected to the Board of Directors of Oceanites – a research based non-profit organisation focused on the effects of climate change and tourism on Antarctica. The relationship between MTT and Oceanites began more than a decade ago with the goal to raise awareness of these issues with participants of the Antarctica Marathon® & Half-Marathon.
Gilligan said, “I am very pleased to support the research and mission of Oceanites. Preserving the environment is part of our core values when organising the events.”
The Antarctica Marathon® & Half-Marathon, which was recently awarded the registered trademark through the US Patent and Trademark Office, is an annual event that takes place on King Georges Island. The first running was in 1995 and continues to be one of the most popular destination races on MTT’s calendar with a waitlist through 2024. As a pioneer for taking runners to this pristine continent, the company has a ‘leave no footprint behind’ policy, which is strictly enforced.
Adams shares, “Growing up in the Pacific Northwest my parents believed in ‘free range parenting’, nature was my playground and my appreciation for the importance of environmental stewardship was born. Completing the Antarctica Marathon® in 2013 was the catalyst for my first trip to the seventh continent, where the overall Antarctic experience reaffirmed my belief that ‘we don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children’. I am excited to be in a position to help Oceanites increase their many positive contributions and help create new stewards annually when hosting our Antarctica Marathon® participants.”
In addition to becoming ambassadors for Oceanites, Antarctica Marathon® & Half-Marathon participants have raised more than a half-million dollars since the efforts first started in 2009. This is through sponsorships of Antarctica Marathon® Mile Markers, post-race auctions and ongoing personal donations. The collaborative efforts gives Oceanites the ability to continue its mission of scientific research and raising climate change awareness.