It’s the world’s toughest race?

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NEW YORK – Antarctica Marathon Tours caters to daredevil runners with an annual event that pits man against the cold, dry winds of the southern continent.

The event has taken place every year since 1995 and has been gathering steam as more die-hard runners want to test themselves – but attendance is limited to 100 entrants a year.

Taking place on King George Island, the Antarctic marathon is considered to be one of the world’s most difficult races, with a cut-off time of six-and-a-half hours.

A marathon runner who usually aims to finish in four hours should look more towards the five-hour mark, Thom revealed.

Due to the remote location of King George Island, the event is only open to those taking part through the tour company.

All runners, who must undergo serious training in preparation for the event, will also get downtime allowing them to explore the area as part of the tour package.

The marathon is run near the South Pole and in the past runners have caught stunning glimpses of penguins and whales.

Due to its popularity – 17 countries were represented during this year’s run in March – the marathon has already sold out for 2015 and 2016.

 

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