Race the Jet Marathon
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24 athletes, 24 hours sunshine, $24 000
Your trip will start in Cape Town, South Africa. Home to award-winning vineyards and stunning ocean vistas, it is often tipped as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
The city of Cape Town is synonymous with the world’s most iconic sporting events, including the Two Oceans Ultra Marathon and the Cape Epic mountain bike race.
White Desert will host a safety briefing the day before your flight to Antarctica. Here, you will meet fellow competitors and our team will ensure that all last-minute arrangements are taken care of.
A final weather update determines the exact departure time for the flight south the following day.
Fly to Antarctica in the height of luxury. A spacious Gulfstream 550 delivers you to the start line rested and ready to race.
We fly over thousands of icebergs and, as we cross over the Antarctic Circle, we pass into 24 hours of continuous sunshine.
Destination: Wolfs Fang Runway
Five minutes after the jet touches down on Antarctic ice, you will be under starter’s orders.
The course is four laps of a dramatic 10.5km loop, which passes by kilometre-high monoliths of rock and stunning ice cliffs.
For more detailed information on the route, please click on the image below.
The course is 1129m above sea level and ambient temperatures during February are typically between -5˚C and -12˚C (23ºF and 10ºF). Wind speeds can vary from 0 to 10m/s (0 to 20 knots). An effective layering system is imperative to ensure comfort for the race and we will supply a comprehensive kit list prior to departure.
The running surface is compacted ice and there is no need for snowshoes or crampons. Snow running shoes are available from many of the top brands and will be more than adequate.
Three waterpoints and a feeding station ensure your hydration and nutrition needs are taken care of.
The course will be marshaled by a team of White Desert staff, all skilled polar guides, including a qualified race doctor. Ample support vehicles monitor every runner’s safety throughout the challenge.
All competitors will run with a small radio as well as a tracker to ensure accurate timing and clear communication with the race village should any emergencies arise.
With only 24 spaces available for this marathon it is important to secure you place on the start line