The 22nd running of the Antarctica Marathon & Half-Marathon took place on King George Island in the South Shetland Islands of Antarctica on Sunday 6th February. After deferring the event in 2020 and 2021, the Marathon Tours & Travel (MTT) organizing team produced a second highly successful Antarctica event in 10 days, despite a unique set of circumstances due to the ongoing global pandemic.

Runners faced a race day ahead that would challenge them both physically and mentally. With constantly changing weather that included sleet on the zodiac ride to shore, shifting winds and frequent temperature fluctuations the runners navigated a very demanding course. The marathon and half-marathon occurred in two waves split between the early morning and early afternoon with 144 runners from 17 countries. The men and women winners for both distances were from the United States.

Ryan Beberus moved into first place after the second mile of the marathon and never relinquished the lead, finishing in 3:58:07. In the women’s race at the marathon distance, there was a three-way battle through the first 18 miles, with Ember Verma ultimately moving into the lead and winning with a time of 4:22:52. Close behind Ember were Mary Kauffman and Sarah Faubion, claiming sixth and seventh place overall in the race. (Photo attached)

In the half-marathon, Karl Alhgren earned the win and his second Seven Continents Club Finishers Medal. Karl had previously completed a marathon on all seven continents and has now completed a half-marathon on all seven continents. He joins six additional men and women who have accomplished this goal twice. Stacy Martin won the women’s race by a 20-minute margin on a day where more than 50% of the overall finishers were women.

‘That was the hardest race I have ever run and yet, also my favourite race ever,’ was the common phrase amongst participants.

Results

Timed and produced by Sportstats of Toronto, Canada.

Marathon:

Women
Ember Verma, USA, 4:22:51
Mary Kauffman, USA, 4:26:02
Sarah Faubion, USA, 4:29:41

Men
Ryan Beberus, USA, 3:58:07
Patrick Shea, USA, 4:09:43
Jeremie Cousin, CAN, 4:14:23

Half-marathon:

Women
Stacy Martin, USA, 2:37:59
Valerie Maugle, USA, 3:00:56
Laura Doerre, USA, 3:09:49

Men
Karl Ahlgren, USA, 2:22:27
Robert Long, USA, 2:42:32
Justin Lambright, USA, 3:01:34

Complete results of the Antarctica Marathon & Half-Marathon: www.marathontours.com