The Challenges that Await

Sub-zero temperature. Wind chills. Shifting terrain. It all has the ingredients for an adventure of a lifetime!

To race at the top of the world is a running experience of a lifetime and finishing the FWD North Pole Marathon is no mean feat. Extreme sub-zero temperature, exhausting distance, threatening wind chills and a constantly shifting and erratic terrain await the brave. Thus, only an elite few can truly claim the honor of taking on a race in the northernmost point in the world. Their best gear: determination.

In this remote part of the planet, the fate of the marathoners will be put to test. They are expected to race on the frozen waters of the Arctic Ocean, 6 to 12 feet thick, 12,000 feet deep, and all the while doing this against extreme weather conditions and life-threatening wind chills that really push bodies to the limit.

The race course is made up of both loose and solid ice which make the underfoot conditions uneven, with occasional deep spots caused by loose snow. Wind chill temperature tends to average between -25 and -30°C. The lowest recorded temperature was at -60°C in 2002.