Marathon winner Priit Jaagant

The 21st running of the Antarctica Marathon & Half-Marathon took place on King George Island in the South Shetland Islands of Antarctica on Friday, January 28. After deferring the event in 2020 and 2021, the Marathon Tours & Travel (MTT) organizing team produced a highly successful event despite a unique set of circumstances due to the ongoing global pandemic.

On race morning, runners awoke to a beautiful sunny day with temperatures steady at 38F (3C) and light winds for the race on King George Island. The marathon and half-marathon occurred in two waves split between the early morning and early afternoon with 138 runners from 14 countries.

Priit Jaagant of Estonia led from the start to garner the victory in a time of 3:56:28. Jaagant also claimed his Seven Continents Club Finisher Medal, one of 22 on this voyage. He is the first Estonian to complete the goal of running a marathon on each of the seven continents. Sandy Lam from Franklin, Indiana USA claimed the women’s title with a time of 4:04:40 and securing third place overall.

Organized by Marathon Tours & Travel of Boston, MA this annual event fills it maximum field of 200 runners two years in advance. For the first time in its history, the company invested in two back-to-back trips and races. Once the first voyage arrives back in Ushuaia, Argentina after their 10-day excursion, the second voyage will board that same afternoon.

The first Antarctica event was held in 1995, which was 15 years after the founding of MTT by Thomas Gilligan who himself was a passionate runner and adventure traveller. Today he is celebrating more than 42 years of helping runners achieve their goal of running on all seven continents. Gilligan has served as the Antarctica Marathon and half marathon race director since its inception.

Complete results of the Antarctica Marathon and half marathon can be found here: